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Thinking Tasks

Pancho Villa, Hope Solo, the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

March 9, 2020 - March 13, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday, March 9, 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, March 9

Monday, March 9

On this day in history...

In 1916, Mexican commander Pancho Villa invaded the United States and raided the town of Columbus, New Mexico. This was the last time that the United States was invaded by a foreign military. How has popular culture shaped our view of Pancho Villa?

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Tuesday,  March 10

Tuesday, March 10

On this day in history...

In 1848, the Mexican-American War came to an end when both parties (Mexico and the United States) signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The agreement ceded land in Northern Mexico to the U.S. in for war payments and tax relief. What can we learn about negotiation from this treaty?

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Wednesday, March 11

Wednesday, March 11

On this day in history...

In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev was elected to be the last leader of the Soviet Union. Some people think the end of the Soviet Union and the Cold War would have been much different had Gorbachev not been in charge. What does the end of the Soviet Union tell us about turning points in history?

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Thursday, March 12

Thursday, March 12

On this day in history...

In 2011, a day after an earthquake and tsunami struck off the coast of Northeast Japan, the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant melted down releasing radiation into the atmosphere and environment. What do natural disasters teach us about the importance of planning?

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Friday, March 13

Friday, March 13

On this day in history...

In 1639, the first institution of higher learning in the United States adopted the name "Harvard College" after its primary donor, Reverend John Harvard. Today Harvard College is a part of Harvard University is one of several prestigious Ivy League universities.

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Composure

Composure is based on the word composed which means having one's feelings and expression under control; or to be calm. Composure is typically applied to situation where a person experience extraordinary amounts of stress or high-pressure situations in which panic, fear, or anxiety is the outcome. Consider the story of Hope Solo, who played soccer for the University of Washington Huskies and was instrumental in the success of the United States Women's National Team (USWNT). After learning about how Solo responded to pressure as goalkeeper for the USWNT, consider how she showed composure throughout her career. For this week's personal journey complete one of the following: 1) Using Hope Solo as an example, summarize the concept of composure, 2) Explain a high-pressure situation where you have remained calm and showed composure, 3) Explain a high-stakes situation that a student could face and how maintaining composure in that situation would build character.

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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.