Encounters 7

1st 9 Weeks

ThinkTANK (part of ThinkCERCA)

Acts of Kindness: "How can acts of kindness change the world?"

"Thank You, Ma'am" by Langston Hughes

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Family and Influence"How do our families help shape the people we become?"

"The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs

Bullying: "How does bullying affect everyone involved: the victim, the bully, and the bystander?"

"The Real Problem"

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Self Awareness


2nd 9 Weeks


Social Media: What are the benefits and drawbacks of using social media?

"How Girls Are Seeking (And Subverting) Approval Online" by Caroline Knorr

Student Free Speech: To what extent should students be allowed to exercise free speech?

"Civil Liberties Groups Think This Tennessee School District's Tech Policy Is Unconstitutional" by Andrea Peterson

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)


Relationship Building

Self Management

3rd 9 Weeks


Risk-taking: How do you know when a risk is worth taking?

"The Teenage Brain" by Amanda Leigh Mascarelli

Perseverance: How do we overcome challenges in our country, our communities, and our lives?

"Zhan Haite and the Case for Change" by Katherine Majewski

21st Century Learning: What is the best way to learn in the 21st century?

"Smartphones Aren’t a Smart Choice in Middle School" by Delaney Ruston

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Growth Mindset


Responsible Decision Making

4th 9 Weeks


Kid Inventors: What impact have young people’s inventions had on the world?

"Cellphone Medical Test Wins NPR's 'Big Idea' Contest" by Joe Palca

Modern Protest: What is the most effective way to organize a protest?

"Iraq's Empty Boots" by Gwenyth Swain

Conflict & Dominance: How do conflict and the struggle for dominance affect the human spirit?

"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social Awareness

Conflict Resolution

Challenge of the Mind


You will be researching people

whose inventions or companies

were named after them. 

  1. Adidas

  2. Baskin-Robbins

  3. Black and Decker

  4. Boeing

  5. Cadbury

  6. Campbell's Soup

  7. Chevrolet

  8. Chrysler

  9. Colgate

  10. Dodge

  11. Ducati

  12. DuPont

  13. Ferrari

  14. Ferris Wheel

  15. Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

  16. Gibson Guitars

  17. Gillette

  18. Harley Davidson

  19. Hershey Company

  20. Hewlett-Packard

  21. Honda

  22. JC Penney

  23. Johnson and Johnson

  24. JP Morgan

  25. Kelloggs

  26. Kraft

  27. Krogers

  28. Lever Soap

  29. Levi Strauss

  30. Mars Candy

  31. Mattell

  32. McDonalds

  33. Merriam-Webster

  34. Nestle

  35. Proctor and Gamble

  36. Scotts Tissue

  37. Sears

  38. Spalding

  39. Suzuki

  40. Tupperware

  41. Walgreens

  42. Warner Brothers

  43. Wrigley's Gum

  44. Yamaha

Project Links and Important Information

1. 1,250 words (five typed pages)

2. Questions that need to be answered in your research:


3. Suggested Sub-topics


4. Research Poem (guidelines)

5. Student Biography (example)

    - 200-300 words (30 pts)

    - Grammar, Punctuation, etc (10 pts)

    - Voice (10 pts)

    - 3rd person POV (10 pts)

    - Personal History (10 pts)

    - Recent Accomplishments (10 pts)

    - Goals (10 pts)

    - Hobbies, Interests, and Talents (10 pts)

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