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Secondary – September 17

“It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages.” -William Carlos Williams, born on this date in 1883. Explain why you agree or disagree.

Primary – September 17

On this date in 1787, the US Constitution was signed by a majority of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention. The Constitution is the highest law in the USA — the law on which all other laws are based. If you could write a law that every other laws would be based on, what would that law say?

Secondary – September 16

On this date in 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers bound for the “New World.” Considering the distance and challenges of any future new worlds, describe what would make you decide to make a pilgrimage to one if given the opportunity.

Primary – September 16

HA Rey, who with his wife Margret created Curious George, was born on this date in 1898. Write about a time you didn’t pursue your curiosity and what happened to make you wish you had.

Secondary – September 15

On this date in 1812, Russian soldiers and their leaders set Moscow on fire to deny the city to the invading French army under command of Napoleon Bonaparte. Argue the logic of destroying someone so someone else cannot have it.

Primary – September 15

“Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment.” -William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States, who was born on this date in 1857. Write about a time you were too enthusiastic about something to make a good decision.

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