Critical Thinking Worksheet Name NOTE TO TEACHERS: I use this as a first day activity to get the students to start thinking. This exercise is similar to SAT questions because the students need to break down each part of the riddle in order to come up with multiple answers. Then, the students need to eliminate the possibilities in order to narrow the answer choices, just like on the SAT. I have included the answers for you, so make sure you delete them before giving the assignment to the students. I. Determine the speaker for each of the following paragraphs. 1. After months of deliberating, I finally made a decision to leave my hometown. Though the process was long, I made it even longer by making my announcement a primetime spectacle. Many people were angry with my choice but my advice to them is to stay out of the kitchen. Who am I? Kobe Bryant 2. I am a stand-up comic who gained fame on a late night talk show. I used to have my own sitcom and I continue to do stand-up comedy. I am known for my loyalty to a city that rocks. After a famous daytime host retired, I was chosen as his replacement. I wear glasses even though I don’t need them. Who am I? Drew Carey 3. After a successful career as an actor I became one of the most powerful men in the world. I stepped out of the spot light in the recent years leading to my death due to a serious though not necessarily life threatening illness. Who am I? Ronald Reagan 4. After a successful music career, I decided to try acting. I had a successful sitcom and moved on to movies. I continue to make music, but it is secondary to my acting career. Who am I? Will Smith, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Brandi, Eve, Reba McEntire NOTE TO TEACHERS: The point of this particular riddle is that there are multiple answers. Each of the people fit on some level. I use this to get the students to think by activating prior knowledge and applying each of characteristics listed. I point out that the last one is not a good SAT question because there is more than one correct answer. II. Write three similar “Who am I?” riddles on the back. They must be well known fictional or non-fictional people. NOTE TO TEACHERS: The following are additional riddles that my former students wrote and I typed and use throughout the duration of the class. I recently had a tv show for three seasons where I was trying to find true love. When I was younger, I was one of the biggest hype men in the business. I lost it due to drugs and jail time. After getting my life together, I got married and have plenty of children. Who am I? I’m obsessed with munching on carrots and I always seem to get away from that gullible hunter. I’m pretty sure I could fool you too, doc. Who am I? I loved my wife and the world did too. We worked together on a hit show. It was my idea to make it the first show to be recorded and licensed. My wife and I had 2 children and even after we both divorced and got remarried we remained good friends. I died of lung cancer but the world still remembers my singing and acting. Who am I? I am arguably the most famous fighter of all time. With my insect-like theology, I am still the greatest of all time. Who am I? Most people know me for one concept I discovered, which is part of a large, complex theory I developed. I am renowned in my field and have received the ultimate prize for my work. My influence indirectly led to the death of thousands of people. Many find my hair style amusing. Who am I? I’m known for my sweet tooth and though I might be terrifying in reality, I’m popular among children. My owner wrote stories about me which would eventually find their way on screen. I’m usually half naked. Who am I? I’m an American icon. I’ve appeared in books, movies, and tv. Many others have played my part even though they weren’t girls. At the end of the day, I still come home. Who am I? I got lost and found a boy with a bicycle. After some well known theme music I could finally get a hold of a phone and get home. Who am I? I was the Republic’s greatest chance of balancing the universe, except that I messed up, fell in love, and got angry and afraid. I fell prey to a dark and powerful man and was manipulated. Now I have a scary name and suit not to mention cold breathe. Who am I? I became one of the most powerful men in the world. I am very well known, but instead of my times in office, I am better known for what I’ve done to help the world afterward. Who am I? I’m not a puppet. I’m not made out of wood. Disney didn’t make a movie about my life. My nose isn’t growing longer because I’m lying. Who am I? I got my start playing a lifeguard on a television show. Somewhat recently I received some harsh criticism for some things I said to my daughter. Currently, I am a judge on a reality show. It is a little known fact that I also have a singing career on the side. Who am I?