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Secondary – February 24

Explain the reason for your answer to this question: Which is more important to the world — art or science?

Primary – February 24

Wilhelm Karl Grimm was born in Hanau, Germany on this date in 1786. He and his brother Jacob compiled the first book of folklore: Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Write a short fairy tale that might help young people learn something about life.

Secondary – February 23

Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay on the flight that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, was born on this date in 1915. Describe a situation in which you were conflicted about the rightness of a thing you were told to do.

Primary – February 23

Wizard of Oz director Victor Fleming was born on this date in 1889. Write a story about why you think there’s no place like home.

Secondary – February 22

Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, born on this date in 1892, once asked a friend to send good advice in a letter. “I promise not to follow it,” she said. What advice would you give a friend, and do you think s/he would follow it?

Primary – February 22

“It is better be alone than in bad company.” -George Washington, who was born on this date in 1732. Explain whether you agree or disagree with America’s first president.

Secondary – February 21

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” The Communist Manifesto was first published on this date in 1848. Explain what you think Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels meant when they wrote this, and whether you agree.

Primary – February 21

The poet W.H. Auden was born on this date in 1907. He once wrote, “Learn from your dreams what you lack.” What does that mean to you?

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