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Thinking Tasks

Jesse Owens, Anne Frank, Gertrude Ederle, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

Week 32: August 3 - August 7, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday at 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, August 3

Monday, August 3

On this day in history...

In 1936, Jesse Owens, a track athlete at the University of Ohio and an Olympic runner for the United States at the Berlin games, won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash by defeating fellow US runner Ralph Metcalfe. What can we learn about character from Jesse Owens?

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Tuesday,  August 4

Tuesday, August 4

On this day in history...

In 1944, Anne Frank, a teenager in hiding during the Holocaust, was discovered along with her family and four others after Nazi intelligence received a tip of their whereabouts. Today, The Diary of Anne Frank is a widely read piece of literature. What can we learn about perseverance from Anne Frank?

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Wednesday, August 5

Wednesday, August 5

On this day in history...

In 1926, Harry Houdini, one of the greatest magicians in the history of entertainment, performed his most famous tricks. To this day, magic remains a popular form of entertainment despite a controversy about the reality of magic. What can we learn about the power of the mind from magic?

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Thursday, August 6

Thursday, August 6

On this day in history...

In 1926, Gertrude Ederle, an American competitive swimmer and Olympic gold medal winner, became the first woman to swim the English Channel. What can we learn about the skill of determination from Gertrude Ederle?

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Friday, August 7

Friday, August 7

On this day in history...

In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood boat the Kon-Tiki was destroyed after it crashed into a reef near a small island archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. What can we learn about the power of inquiry if we were able to ask Heyerdahl a few questions?

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Weekly Theme

Composure

Composure is based on the word composed which means having one's feelings and expression under control; or to be calm. Composure is typically applied to situation where a person experience extraordinary amounts of stress or high-pressure situations in which panic, fear, or anxiety is the outcome. Consider the story of Hope Solo, who played soccer for the University of Washington Huskies and was instrumental in the success of the United States Women's National Team (USWNT). After learning about how Solo responded to pressure as goalkeeper for the USWNT, consider how she showed composure throughout her career. For this week's personal journey complete one of the following: 1) Using Hope Solo as an example, summarize the concept of composure, 2) Explain a high-pressure situation where you have remained calm and showed composure, 3) Explain a high-stakes situation that a student could face and how maintaining composure in that situation would build character.

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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.