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Secondary – January 26

“Genius is nothing but continued attention.” -Claude Adrien Helvetius, born on this date in 1715. Explain why you think Helvetius is wrong or right.

Primary – January 26

“The outrageous is the reasonable, if introduced politely.” -Charles Hoy Fort, who was born on this date in 1931. Tell a story about a time this happened to you.

Secondary – January 25

The novelist W. Somerset Maugham was born on this date in 1874. He once said, “The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.” What do you think he meant by that?

Primary – January 25

Describe what you think about when you don’t have anything you’re supposed to be thinking about.

Secondary – January 24

On this date in 1848, gold was discovered at John Sutter’s mill in California, launching the “Gold Rush” in 1849. Describe a discovery that would make you move a long way and what you’d do when you got there.

Primary – January 24

On this date in 1848, gold was discovered at John Sutter’s mill in California, launching the “Gold Rush” in 1849. What do you think would make a lot of people move a long way today, and why would they do it?

Secondary – January 23

Explain your justification for the biggest lie you told last week.

Primary – January 23

Think about the one most important thing you would change about the room where you sleep. Why do you want to make that change?

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