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Thinking Tasks

The Atlantic Charter, Joseph Lister, Opha Mae Johnson, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

Week 33: August 10 - August 14

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 10

Monday, August 10

On this day in history...

In 1988, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 is signed by US President Ronald Reagan. The federal law granted reparation payments to Japanese Americans whose civil liberties were infringed upon during World War II. What can we learn about civil liberties from this federal law?

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Tuesday,  August 11

Tuesday, August 11

On this day in history...

In 1965, the Watts riots occurred in the Watts neighborhood in South Los Angeles. Although the riots were touched off by a traffic stop that escalated into violence, racial tension already existed in Watts prior to the riots. What can we learn about unrest from the Watts riots?

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Wednesday, August 12

Wednesday, August 12

On this day in history...

In 1865, Joseph Lister, a British surgeon and scientist who specialized in bacteriology and wound infections, performed the world's first anti-septic surgery. Lister's emphasis on sanitized surgery created positive change in medical practices. What can we learn about purpose from Joseph Lister?

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Thursday, August 13

Thursday, August 13

On this day in history...

In 1918, Opha Mae Johnson became the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Since Johnson first enlisted until now, women have served in every branch of the military. Today, some women enlist, while others pursue officer status. What can women in the military teach us about determination?

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Friday, August 14

Friday, August 14

On this day in history...

In 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Atlantic Charter. Although the Atlantic Charter provided a way for the US to maintain its neutrality during the beginning of WWII, it did indicate that the US supported the British in that conflict. What can we learn about allegiance from the Atlantic Charter?

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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.