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Secondary – December 8

John Lennon was killed on this date in 1980 at age 40. With The Beatles, he had literally revolutionized popular music around the world. Describe something significant you would like to accomplish by the time you’re 40 years old.

Primary – December 8

Mexican painter Diego Rivera was born on this date in 1886. Here is one of his most famous paintings. What does it make you think about?

Secondary – December 7

Willa Cather was born on this date in 1873. She wrote, “Isn’t it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years.” Why do you agree or disagree with her statement?

Primary – December 7

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” ―Willa Cather, born on this date in 1873. Describe what you think is the difference between what you can learn best in calm and what you can learn best in a storm.

Secondary – December 6

“Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.” -Khalil Gibran, born on this date in 1883. Describe what this idea means to you and how it affects, or doesn’t affect, you in your daily life.

Primary – December 6

The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica — “The sum of human knowledge” — was published on this date in 1768. Describe the differences between searching for reference information in books and online.

Secondary – December 5

On this date in 1848, US President James Polk confirmed the discovery of gold in California, leading to the “gold rush” of 1848 and ’49. What do you think would cause a great number of people to rush to a new, largely unfamiliar, place to secure their fortune in today’s world?

Primary – December 5

Walt Disney was born on this date in 1901. He once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” What dream would you like to pursue in your life?

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