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Thinking Tasks

Madeleine Albright, the California Gold Rush, the debut of the McIntosh computer, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.



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Weekly Activities

January 20, 2019 - January 24, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday, January 20, 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, January 20

Monday, January 20

On this day in history...

In 1953, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first President to begin their term on January 20th as outlined by the 20th Amendment. Upon entering office U.S. Presidents are faced with beginning to achieve their campaign promises. Scan through today's sources and complete today's thinking task..

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Tuesday,  January 21

Tuesday, January 21

On this day in history...

In 2004, the Mars Rover Spirit (pictured on Earth before its mission) lost its communication with NASA engineers on earth causing delays in and creating concerns about the ability to complete the mission. Sixteen days later, specialists on earth re-established contact with the vehicle. Examine today's sources, choose an activity, and complete today's thinking tasks.

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Wednesday, January 22

Wednesday, January 22

On this day in history...

In 1984, Apple debuted a commercial featuring the Macintosh personal computer during Super Bowl XVIII. The commercial gained acclaim for the way it presented the future and how personal computers could impact the individual. Analyze today's sources, choose an activity, and complete today's thinking task.

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Thursday, January 23

Thursday, January 23

On this day in history...

In 1997, Madeleine Albright became the first women to be appointed to serve as U.S. Secretary of State. Albright gained notoriety for her work in politics, her achievements as a scholar, and her ability to collaborate with others. Investigate today's sources and complete today's thinking task.

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Friday, January 24

Friday, January 24

On this day in history...

In 1848, gold is discovered at Sutter's Mill just outside of Sacramento, California. The incident occurred during the popularity of Manifest Destiny in America which influenced individuals from the United States and other parts of the world to move to California in search of prosperity and opportunity. Examine today's sources, choose an activity, and complete today's thinking task.

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Self-Advocacy

Advocacy means to recommend something for a public cause. For example, Dr. Martin Luther King was known for advocating for equality for all people by taking a stand against things like racism, poverty, and militarism. These were national movements that impacted the entire nation. Advocacy can also be when a person makes individual concerns known or creates communication with others about things that are concerning them, this is often called self-advocacy. Although events like Rosa Parks standing up against unfair treatment on buses or Ruby Bridges demanding access to equal schools are affiliated with the Civil Rights Movement, some people identify them as instances of self-advocacy that became part of the National Civil Rights Movement. For this week's journal, research and summarize Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, or Ruby Bridges and explain why some people identify them as advocacy-based movements OR explain an event where you or someone you know engaged in the process of self-advocacy.

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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.