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My Mind My Power

Thinking Tasks

Booker T. Washington, Emiliano Zapata, The Mercury Seven, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

Week 15: April 6 - April 12, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available by Monday, April 6, 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, April 6

Monday, April 6

On this day in history...

In 1973, the American League of Major League Baseball adopted the designated hitter or DH. The DH usually hits in place of the pitcher. The concept of the DH has been the cause of disagreement due to how and why the DH is used. What can we learn about being your best from the DH?

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Tuesday,  April 7

Tuesday, April 7

On this day in history...

In 1940, Booker T. Washington, an extremely talented speaker, writer, educator, and advisor to US Presidents, became the first African American to be featured on a United States postage stamp. What can we learn about the power of the mind from Booker T. Washington?

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Wednesday, April 8

Wednesday, April 8

On this day in history...

In 1992, Arthur Ashe, a world champion tennis player, became one of the first professional athletes to disclose he was HIV/AIDS positive due to a blood transfusion. Ashe is remembered as an advocate for social injustice and HIV/AIDS education. What can we learn about the power of advocacy from Arthur Ashe?

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Thursday, April 9

Thursday, April 9

On this day in history...

In 1959, NASA named the first seven astronauts that would be sent to space. These men were nicknamed "The Mercury Seven" and many of them flew several missions to space. Choose one astronaut from this group and think about what they can teach us about reaching for the stars.

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Friday, April 10

Friday, April 10

On this day in history...

In 1919, Emiliano Zapata, a Mexican revolutionary who called for economic reforms such as the redistribution of land, was ambushed and murdered by Mexican government forces. What can we learn about the power of legacy from Emiliano Zapata?

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Dedication

Dedicate means to devote time, effort, or one's self to complete a goal. In other words, it means to expend the necessary (even if greater than seems reasonable) amount of time, energy, and effort to accomplish what seems impossible. Dedication by itself seems like a very positive word, but it is possible to be dedicated to ideas or concepts that lead to negativity; therefore, being mindful of what you are dedicated to is important. For insight into positive dedication, consider what it takes to fly an F-22A Raptor. An ultra-modern attack plane that requires supreme mental, physical and emotional well-being to fly. For a specific example, consider Jammie Jamieson, first operational female fighter pilot selected to fly the F-22A Raptor. For this week's reflection journal, write a paragraph that explains one positive idea or concept that you have been dedicated or describe a person who you think shows heightened dedication.

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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.