Encounters 7

1st 9 Weeks

ThinkTANK (part of ThinkCERCA)

The information that follows is here to give you an overview. To access your assignments and ThinkCERCA, always use ClassLink to access Google Classroom and ThinkCERCA. (Remember, even though the class has "ThinkTANK" in the name, it uses the ThinkCERCA program.

1. What is CERCA?

2. Writing a Claim/ Thesis.

3. Supporting claims with evidence

4. Reasoning

5. Counterargument

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























Information past this point is subject to change.

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. Adolph Dassler

  2. William Barnes and Clifford Noble

  3. Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins

  4. S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker

  5. William Boeing

  6. John Cadbury

  7. Joseph A. Campbell

  8. Louis Chevrolet

  9. Walter Chrysler

  10. William Colgate

  11. Horace and John Dodge

  12. Antonio Cavalieri Ducati

  13. Éleuthère Irénée du Pont

  14. Enzo Ferrari

  15. George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.

  16. Domingo Ghirardelli

  17. Orville Gibson

  18. King C. Gillette

  19. William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson

  20. Henry J. Heinz

  21. Milton S. Hershey

  22. Bill Hewlett and David Packard

  23. Soichiro Honda

  24. Robert Wood Johnson, James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson

  25. John Pierpont Morgan Sr.

  26. John Harvey Kellogg

  27. James L. Kraft

  28. Bernard Kroger

  29. Herman Lay

  30. William and James Lever

  31. Levi Strauss

  32. Franklin Clarence Mars

  33. Harold "Matt" Matson and Elliot Handler

  34. Oscar F. Mayer

  35. Richard and Maurice McDonald

  36. Henri Nestlé

  37. James Cash Penney

  38. William Proctor and James Gamble

  39. E. Irvin and Clarence Scott

  40. Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck

  41. Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson

  42. A. G. Spalding

  43. Michio Suzuki

  44. Earl Tupper

  45. Charles Rudolph Walgreen

  46. Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner. 

  47. Noah Webster and George and Charles Merriam 

  48. William Wrigley Jr.

  49. Torakusu 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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