Habits of Mind Foundation promotes intelligent
behaviors that help all of us be successful in life. Each year, the foundation
sponsors a design competition for a memorial that honors an exemplar American
and highlights his/her practice of Habits of Mind.
We will focus on the
following habits. Click on the graphic for more detail.
PERSISTENCE : Persevering on a task even though the resolution is
not immediately known.
LISTENING WITH UNDERSTANDING AND EMPATHY:
Actively listen. Focus on the speaker.
FLEXIBLE THINKING: Changing perspectives, generating new alternatives,
considering opinions. Look at it another way!
APPLYING PAST KNOWLEDGE TO NEW SITUATIONS:
Make Connections to previous experience and learning.
THINKING AND COMMUNICATING WITH CLARITY: Striving for accurate
communication in written and oral form.
QUESTIONING AND POSING PROBLEMS:
Having questioning attitude. Developing strategies to produce needed
data. Finding problems to solve. How do you know?
CREATING, IMAGINING, INNOVATING: Generating new and novel ideas;
fluency, originality. Try a different way!
Your job is to
persuade the Foundation Committee to provide funds to construct a memorial
of your design.
You will write a powerfully
persuasive letter, design a thoughtful memorial, create a Power Point, and
make an oral presentation.
understanding of an exemplar American and how he/she demonstrated Habits of
persuasive writing skills.
creativity in design.
Demonstrate MS Word
and PowerPoint Skills.
Consult the list
Subjects. Choose three
subjects. Complete the Topic
Selection form and submit it to your teacher.
listed on the Research Page.
Complete the graphic organizers.
Remember to cite your sources.
Reflect upon your
research and identify examples that demonstrate at least three Habits of
Note Sheet, Works Cited Worksheet,
Write a persuasive letter nominating
your subject for a memorial.
How is ________________ an exemplar
_________________ (statesman, innovator, reformer, explorer, or artist) ?
How did _______________ demonstrate
Habits of Mind? (use at least three)
Submit: Two copies of your letter,
two copies of your works cited page, completed note sheet, search strategy
worksheet, works cited worksheet, completed self assessment for research
Graphic Organizer for
Part 3 Develop a
Design Concept for a Memorial
Click here to see samples of
Select a location for your
Create a design. You may
make a sketch or model.
Memorial Design Worksheet
Part 4 Create a
Power Point About Your Design
Brief introduction (who was he/she?)
Why is your subject an exemplar?
Graphic Organizer for Power
Total Points Sheet
Consult the cart of books that have been pulled for this project.
Search the Internet. Be selective!
Be sure to record author or organization.
Habits of Mind. 16
Dec. 2000. 15 Mar. 2007 <http://www.habits-of-mind.net/>.
Concept, quotes, graphics.
Task Development Team: Cheryl Beatty,
Kate Fitzpatrick, Debbie Jones, Justin Tomczyk, and Jen Vilenski.
links for 2013 assessments