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Thinking Tasks

Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, Malcolm X, the Battle of Iwo Jima and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

February 17, 2019 - February 21, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available Tuesday, February 18, 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 17

Monday, February 17

On this day in history...

In 1996, Russian chess master and former chess world champion, Gary Kasparov defeated the chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue created by IBM. What can we learn about humans and artificial intelligence based on Kasparov and Deep Blue's rivalry?

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Tuesday,  February 18

Tuesday, February 18

On this day in history...

In 1943, Sophie Scholl and other members of the White Rose, a Nazi resistance group, were arrested for passing along information and ideas that countered the beliefs of the Nazi party. What can we learn about courage in the face of the extreme from the White Rose?

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Wednesday, February 19

Wednesday, February 19

On this day in history...

In 1945, 30,000 U.S. Marines stormed the beaches of Iwo Jima, an island near Japan, as the Battle of Iwo Jima began. The U.S. and Japanese soldiers fought relentlessly to win the battle. What can we learn about the glory and horror of war from the Battle of Iwo Jima?

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Thursday, February 20

Thursday, February 20

On this day in history...

In 1943, the Saturday Evening Post published "Freedom of Speech," a print from Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" to help build support for WWII. The three other prints would be printed during that year as well. What can we learn about the power of art from Rockwell's "Four Freedoms"?

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Friday, February 21

Friday, February 21

On this day in history...

In 1965, civil rights leader and political activist, Malcolm X, was assassinated before a speech in New York. Although some people viewed him as a controversial figure, he is still considered an influential individual in America's history. What can we learn about leadership from Malcolm X?

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Diligence

Diligence is defined as persistent and careful work. A diligent person is an individual who identifies that a task must be done and thinks about the different parts of the work that need to be completed to do the work done correctly. Further, a diligent person is an individual who understands that good work takes time, so the amount of time a person spends on a project should be reflective of the size, difficulty, and expectations of the final product. For example, painters in the Renaissance could produce individual portraits in days or weeks and were often paid a modest sum of money but sometimes they were asked to create large murals, statues, or other big projects for nobility or churches and these projects often took months or years. Review the links about Michelangelo and think about how his diligence made him one of the most well-known artists of the Renaissance. For this week's journal entry create a metaphor that compares your academic work to the artistic work of the Renaissance. Provide a couple of examples of how the work is similar and how they are different.

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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.