Challenges and Choices Shining Star Book A Unit 2 11/6/2015 Introduction to Unit Challenges    Challenge is a difficult task or experience that tests a person’s abilities. When.

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Challenges and Choices
Shining Star Book A
Unit 2
11/6/2015
Introduction to Unit
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Challenges
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Challenge is a difficult task or experience
that tests a person’s abilities.
When have you felt challenged, either in
school or during an activity?
What are some challenges people often
face as they grow up?
Solutions
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Solution is an answer or end result.
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How many solutions can a challenge have?
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Answer:
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A solution can have more than one.
It will depend on many variables such as
the individual person, place or situation.
Choices
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Choice is having:
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an option
alternative
variety or
selection
People can make choices about the best
way to meet and overcome a challenge.
Activity 1
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Tell a partner about a challenge you have
recently faced. DO NOT give the choice or
solution!
Describe the choice you made trying to
meet the challenge.
What was the solution?
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If you could go back with your current
knowledge of what happened or what you
know today, would you make the same
choice? Why or why not?
Activity 2
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Brainstorm with your partner some
possible choices you could have made to
overcome your challenge?
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Be ready to share back with the class what
your choices could be.
Extraordinary People
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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Helen Keller (1880-1968)
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Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
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Stephen Hawking (1942-
) still alive!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Salzburg, Austria
 3 years old – harpsichord
 5 years old – wrote first song
 6 years old – traveled around Europe
performing concerts for royal families
 became a composer
Predict:
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Genius or not? Poor or rich?
Albert Einstein
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Born at Ulm, in Württemberg, Germany,
on March 14, 1879
famous physicist
emigrated to America in 1933 to take the
position of Professor of Theoretical Physics
at Princeton
He became a United States citizen in 1940
and retired from his post in 1945
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In the 1920’s he embarked on the
construction of different theories such as:
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unified field theories
probabilistic interpretation of quantum theory
quantum theory of a monatomic gas
atomic transition probabilities and relativistic
cosmology
Bottom line all the theories above
contributed to the development of the …
Atomic Bomb!
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After his death, scientists studied his brain
and found that some parts in his brain was
unusual.
Predict:
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Genius or not? Poor or rich? Extraordinary
thinker, yes or no?
Helen Keller
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Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27,
1880, in Tuscumbia, a small rural town in
Northwest Alabama, USA.
fever at nineteen months old
no sight or hearing
difficulties with communication
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no reading lips
no sign language
no listening or hearing
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She became frustrated and eventually
learned to communicate.
How can a person who is blind or deaf
learn to communicate?
Predict:
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Genius or not? Poor or rich? Extraordinary
person, yes or no?
Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks
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February 4, 1913
Tuskegee, Alabama
Named after maternal grandmother
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Married
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Rosa Louise McCauley
Raymond Parks
at age 25
Job
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Seamstress and housekeeper
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On December 1, 1955
Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white man
after she had worked several jobs and was sitting
in her correct section of the bus
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She is credited with the beginning of the Civil Rights
Movement in the USA, 1955
"Mrs. Parks's arrest was the precipitating factor
rather than the cause of the protest," Dr. King
wrote in his 1958 book, "Stride Toward Freedom.
"The cause lay deep in the record of similar
injustices.“
NY Times By E. R. SHIPP
Published October 25, 2005
Predict
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Genius or not?
Poor or rich?
Extraordinary person,
yes or no?
Did she spark change
in this country?
What were some of
her challenges and
how did she face
them?
Chester Higgins, Jr./The New York Times
Stephen Kawking
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Stephen William Hawking was born on
January 8, 1942, (300 years after the
death of Galileo) in Oxford, England.
famous physicist
Who else was a physicist?
disease affecting nerves and muscles
incapable of talking without technology
The motor neurone diseases (MND) are a
group of progressive neurological disorders
that destroy motor neurones, the cells that
control voluntary muscle activity such as
speaking, walking, breathing, and swallowing.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),
sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease.
Predict:
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Genius or not? Poor or rich? Extraordinary
person or thinker, yes or no? What are some of
his challenges and choices he has taken in life?
Challenges and Choices
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We all face challenges and make choices
every day, in different ways.
Don’t let challenges get in the way of your
dreams.
Remember, you always have a choice. It
may not be the best choice, but you have
one.
Think and make the best choice!

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