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Thinking Tasks

Lou Gehrig, James Meredith, The Marvelettes, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

Week 34: August 17 - August 21, 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 17

Monday, August 17

On this day in history...

In 1907, the Pike Place Market opened in Seattle, Washington. Among other things, the Pike Place Market is known for the fish market where some of the fishmongers are known for the adopting the FISH Philosophy. What can the FISH Philosophy teach us about our daily actions and behaviors? (Image by Epukas, CC-BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

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Tuesday,  August 18

Tuesday, August 18

On this day in history...

In 1963, James Meredith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi. Meredith's pursuit of an undergraduate degree at Ole Miss occurred during the American Civil Rights Movement, what can Meredith's pursuit of higher learning at this time teach us about character?

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Wednesday, August 19

Wednesday, August 19

On this day in history...

In 1940, the B-25 Mitchell completed its first flight. The medium bomber proved to be one of the most important planes during World War II. The plane was used during the Doolittle Raid over Japan, the first attack of the Japanese mainland by the US. What can we learn about endurance from the B-25 Mitchell?

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Thursday, August 20

Thursday, August 20

On this day in history...

In 1938, Lou Gehrig, a first baseman for the New York Yankees, hit his 23rd grand slam (a homerun with the bases loaded). Gehrig set many records during his career, the grand slam record of 23 would last for over 70 years. What can we learn about greatness from Lou Gehrig?

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Friday, August 21

Friday, August 21

On this day in history...

In 1961, Motown Records scored its first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart with The Marvelettes hit "Please Mr. Postman." The success of The Marvelettes created an avenue for other music acts to share their talents. What can we learn about legacy from The Marvelettes?

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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.