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Thinking Tasks

J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Zimmerman Telegram, the Reichstag Fire and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

February 24, 2020 - February 28, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday, February 24, 8:00am PST

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Instructions

Instructions

Directions to complete:

1. Listen to introduction
2. Read the prompt
3. Think about a possible answer
4. Explore the daily learning links
5. Ask Clarifying Questions (if needed)
6. Finalize your response
7. Write your answer
8. Count your words
9. Self/Peer evaluate and score

Monday, February 24

Monday, February 24

On this day in history...

In 1917, The Zimmerman Telegram became relevant due to the discovery of a German plan to discourage U.S. involvement in World War I by encouraging Mexico to declare war on the U.S. Why do you think that Mexico did no declare war on the U.S. after they received 'The Zimmerman Telegram'?

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Tuesday,  February 25

Tuesday, February 25

On this day in history...

In 1987, the Southern Methodist University (SMU) football team becomes the first program to be banned from NCAA competitions after it was discovered that they had violated NCAA rules. Why do you think the SMU program faced such harsh punishment?

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Wednesday, February 26

Wednesday, February 26

On this day in history...

In 1929, U.S. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed that 96,000 acres of land in the state of Wyoming would be set aside for the creation of Grand Teton National Park. What assumptions do you think other nations make about the American practice of creating national parks?

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Thursday, February 27

Thursday, February 27

On this day in history...

In 1933, the 'Reichstag,' the national building of the German government, was set ablaze after an arson attack. The next day, The 'Reichstag Fire Decree' was passed in Germany. How might history have been different if the 'Reichstag Fire Decree' was not passed?

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Friday, February 28

Friday, February 28

On this day in history...

In 1998, the RQ-4 Global Hawk completed it's first flight and became the first unmanned aerial vehicle to file its own flight plan. Why do you think that some people view the Global Hawk as another important milestone of the possibility of artificial intelligence?

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Awareness

Awareness is based on the word 'aware' which means having knowledge of a perception or fact. Awareness means to understand the world around you. A person who is aware often acknowledges that people, events, and things that have occurred in your world are impacting yourself and the others around you. Historically speaking, there have been some excellent examples of people who have raised exercised awareness to help change the better, you've probably studied some of them. Consider the story of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer who played a large part in creating the modern nuclear bomb. When he watched the devastation of the weapon he thought about a Hindu scripture, "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.' After learning more about J. Robert Oppenheimer through the links, write a paragraph for this week's journal explaining three reasons Dr. Oppenheimer's awareness about the world changed.

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About Thinking Tasks

A Brief Overview

Veteran educator Patrick Zuniga has two graduate degrees in education (MAT and MSE) and is a current Doctoral Student. He has developed, delivered, and assessed thinking tasks like these in his classroom for nearly 15 years. These activities are supported by aligned learning links and a free downloadable and reproducible daily interactive response journal (updated every week) and are designed to:

-Encourage enthusiastic learning through extraordinary topics and universal accessibility.
-Focus on reinforcing communication skills through careful alignment of learning links and writing prompts.
-Develop critical thinking skills by using dynamic questioning strategies.
-Promote personal achievement though self-reflection and peer accountability.

Please e-mail Patrick to schedule a collaboration-session to explore how to create high-yield learning activities for your classroom or school today.