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Secondary – December 4

“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” -Rainer Maria Rilke, born this date in 1875. Explain why you agree or disagree with Rilke.

Primary – December 4

Describe what your favorite sound would sound like to someone who’s never heard it before.

Secondary – December 3

“Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.” -Joseph Conrad, born this date in 1857. Think of the worst thing you’ve ever done, and then describe it in words that make it seem as if it’s no big deal.

Primary – December 3

On this date in 1833, Oberlin College opened in Ohio with a class that included both men and women, making it the USA’s first co-educational college. Describe how you think your classroom would be different if there were no students of the opposite gender.

Secondary – December 2

If you could make a 30-second statement to every person in the world simultaneously, what would you say?

Primary – December 2

On this date in 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte declared himself emperor of France. Explain why you think political leaders should be able to declare themselves leaders, or should let someone else do it.

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