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Thinking Tasks

Mexico's Aztec Eagles, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

Week 21: May 18 - May 24, 2020

8Weekly 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, May 18

Monday, May 18

On this day in history...

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln, a politician from Illinois, defeated William H. Seward for the Republican Party nomination for US President. Lincoln went on to serve as the US President and is considered one of the best US Presidents of all time. What can we learn about accomplishment from Abraham Lincoln?

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Tuesday,  May 19

Tuesday, May 19

On this day in history...

In 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married, and a global audience estimated at 1.9 billion people watched the ceremony. What can we learn about the public's infatuation with celebrity from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? (Photo by Mark Jones, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

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Wednesday, May 20

Wednesday, May 20

On this day in history...

In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first female to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a nonstop solo flight. She left from Newfoundland, Canada and landed in Ireland the next day. What can we learn about character from the achievements of Amelia Earhart?

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Thursday, May 21

Thursday, May 21

On this day in history...

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly alone on a nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island and 33.5 hours later landed in Le Bourget, France. What can we learn about character from the achievements of Charles Lindbergh?

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Friday, May 22

Friday, May 22

On this day in history...

In 1942, Mexico enters World War II on the side of the Allies (United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union). Although Mexico is not traditionally associated with fighting in WWII, they are credited with specific contributions like the flights of the Aztec Eagles. What can we learn about war from Mexico during WWII?

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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.