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Thinking Tasks

Tommie Harris, Ronald Reagan, Charlie Chaplin, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

Week 14: March 30 - April 5, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday, 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 30

Monday, March 30

On this day in history...

In 1981, U.S. President Ronald Reagan was nearly assassinated while walking to a limo outside of a conference in Washington DC. In total, several people were wounded in this attack. What can we learn about Ronald Reagan from this assassination attempt?

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Tuesday,  March 31

Tuesday, March 31

On this day in history...

In 1985, the WWE (then called the WWF) held Wrestlemania, the largest sports entertainment event, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The show featured Hulk Hogan against Andre The Giant as a main event. What can we learn about American culture from things like WWE and Wrestlemania?

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Wednesday, April 1

Wednesday, April 1

On this day in history...

In 1970, American Motor Corporation (AMC) released over 600,000 Gremlins to be sold in the US to compete against imported automobiles. Today, the Gremlin is remembered more for its unique look. What can we learn about innovation from the AMC Gremlin? Photo courtesy of Christopher Ziemnowicz.

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Thursday, April 2

Thursday, April 2

On this day in history...

In 1972, Charlie Chaplin, a noted actor from the early days of cinema, returned to the US for the first time in over 20 years. He was suspected of being a communist during the Red Scare of the 1950s and not allowed into the country. What can we learn about art from Charlie Chaplin?

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Friday, April 3

Friday, April 3

On this day in history...

In 1948, US President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan. The Marshall Plan was an economic plan designed to help Europe rebuild after World War II and to help those countries, like West Germany, move towards communism. What can we learn about investment from the Marshall Plan?

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Exploration

To some people, exploration is the step after inquisitiveness. A curious person tends to ask a lot of questions about the world around them and an explorative person wants to find answers to those questions. Sometimes a person has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a curious and exploratory person. Inquisitiveness and exploration can be self-based processes, it is possible to be curious about yourself and explore ways to improve yourself. For example, some people may set goals and ask why they are not able to attain those goals and explore ways that they can change themselves to meet those goals. Consider the story of football great Tommie Harris who asks questions about his life and explores ways to change the world around him. For this week's journal, answer the following explain how you have asked a question about yourself or the world around you and how this question encouraged you to explore for answers. Photos are courtesy of Tommie Harris.

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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.