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Thinking Tasks

Huckleberry Finn and Mark Twain, Edward Jenner, the United Nations, and more are featured in this week's thinking tasks. Find yourself deep in thought.

Weekly Activities

December 9, 2019 - December 13, 2019

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday, December 9, 8:00am PST
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Instructions

Instructions

Nine Steps to Complete

Directions for the learner:
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, December 9

Monday, December 9

On this day in history...

In 1979, the sickness of smallpox is proclaimed to be eradicated. Although smallpox killed millions of people in during its existence, attempts for a cure in Western medicine are generally associated with Cotton Mather and (more often) Edward Jenner. Investigate today's sources about Jenner, choose an activity, and complete today's thinking task.

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Tuesday,  December 10

Tuesday, December 10

On this day in history...

In 1884, Mark Twain (whose real name was Samuel Clements) published the book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Twain uses regional dialect or regionalism to explain the settings and tell the stories. Twain is a major contributor to the birth of American literature. Scan through today's sources, choose an activity, and complete today's thinking task.

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Wednesday, December 11

Wednesday, December 11

On this day in history...

In 1941, four days after the United States declared war on Imperial Japan due to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. That same day Poland declared war on Japan and almost every major country was at war with one another except the USSR and Germany. Analyze today's sources and complete today's thinking task.

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Thursday, December 12

Thursday, December 12

On this day in history...

In 1946, the United Nations (UN) accepts six blocks in Manhattan (in New York, New York) from wealthy American businessman and philanthropist (a person who raises money for others) JD Rockefeller, today, the UN is the largest international, intergovernmental agency in the world. Investigate today's thinking task, chose an activity, and complete today's thinking task.

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Friday, December 13

Friday, December 13

On this day in history...

In 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army takes the city of Nanjing from the Chinese. Although the Japanese occupied the city from 1937 to 1945, it was the first six to eight weeks that the infamous "Nanking Massacre" occurred and the actions of people like John Rabe helped with aid, comfort, and treatment of the survivors. Analyze today's sources, choose an activity, and complete today's thinking task.

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Impact

Impact is defined as "having a strong effect on something" or the ability to significantly change a situation or person. Children learn about many different people and things that have had a significant impact on the development of history. Several are mentioned this week. There are far more people and things that have significantly changed how we understand history to study in school One such person is Sal Aunese. Sal Aunese played quarterback for the University of Colorado and marked a pivotal point in the Colorado Buffalo football program. Investigate the story of Sal Aunese and then complete this week's interactive journal entry. For this week's journal, think about a person, event, or thing that has had significant impact on how you see the world. This person can be very well-known or may only be known to you. Write one paragraph which includes a few sentences about who this person is and several sentences explaining how they have impacted your view of the world.

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About Thinking Tasks

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.