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Thinking Tasks

The poetry of Wilfred Owen, Danica Patrick, the Library of Congress, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

Week 17: April 20 - April 26, 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, April 20

Monday, April 20

On this day in history...

In 2008, Danica Patrick became the first female to race in an Indy Car race. Some people think Danica Patrick should be looked at as a symbol for equity in sports between males and females. What can we learn about gender-equity in sports from people like Danica Patrick?

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Tuesday,  April 21

Tuesday, April 21

On this day in history...

In 1989, Nintendo released the Game Boy, the world's first handheld, cartridge-compatible gaming system. What can we learn about entertainment from the Game Boy?

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Wednesday, April 22

Wednesday, April 22

On this day in history...

In 1915, during World War I at the Second Battle of Ypres, chlorine gas is effectively used as a weapon of war. What can we learn about the use of chemical weapons in war from the Second Battle of Ypres?

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Thursday, April 23

Thursday, April 23

On this day in history...

In 1985, Coca Cola introduced a new version of itself under the label "New Coke." The formula change was such a failure that within 90-days, the old formula was changed and the label "Coca Cola Classic" was introduced. What can we learn about innovation from the failure of "New Coke?"

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Friday, April 24

Friday, April 24

On this day in history...

In 1800, President John Adams asks the US government for money to purchase books needed to run the government. This request for money is marked as the birth of the US Library of Congress. What can we learn about the value of books from the US Library of Congress?

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Dissent

One of the tasks this week asked you to analyze a poem from World War I by Wilfred Owen. There were a handful of poets from World War I who became known for writing poems that discussed the realities of war. The tone and mood of their poems did not discuss war as something great as was common before and during the early years of the war, rather they discussed war as something horrible and tragic. One of the best known poets from World War I was Siegfried Sassoon who signed up to fight in World War I for honor and glory but is better known for writing poems like "Suicide in the Trenches," "The Hero," and "The Last Meeting" that shared the life and death of the average soldier. Dissent is described as speaking against something or engaging in an act to show that something is not approved. In history there have been several acts of dissent that were legal, such as when one or more judges of the US Supreme Court disagree with a majority decision of his or her peers they often write a dissenting opinion. Other historic acts of dissension were viewed as illegal such as the Boston Tea Party. Dissent does not have to be a grandiose act it can be something as small as disagreeing with behavior and respectfully speaking against it. After learning more about Siegfried Sassoon, think about a time when you have either been a dissenter or observed an act of dissent and write a paragraph describing the cause and effects of that act of dissent.

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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.