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Primary – October 19

Movie camera inventor Auguste Lumière was born on this date in 1862. He once said, “My invention can be exploited … as a scientific curiosity, but apart from that it has no commercial value whatsoever.” Explain who someone who is very smart can also be very wrong.

Primary – October 18

On this date in 1851, Herman Melville published Moby-Dick. Think about something who is so important that you would travel around the world for years to get it. Then explain why it’s so important to you.

Primary – October 17

“Let all the time you can get be spent in trying to learn to read.” –Jupiter Hammon, the first published African-American writer in the United States, who was born into slavery on this date in 1711. Describe the most important difference between someone who can’t read and someone who can.

Primary – October 16

Noah Webster, for whom the famous dictionary is named, was born on this date in 1758. Explain why you think it’s more important to be grammatically correct or to be understood when you’re writing something.

Primary – October 15

“Love conquers all,” according to Virgil, who was born in Italy on this date in the year 70 BCE. Explain why you agree or disagree.

Primary – October 12

Christopher Columbus reached what everyone spent a long time calling “the New World” on this date in 1492. If you were to be the first explorer to reach a previously unknown world, what would you do when you got there and why?

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