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Document of learning #3

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself at the start of the project?


Knowing what I know now after dwelling in ZIP! for a while, I would inform my past self to not be so specific and try to narrow down the overall project. At the very beginning, I wanted to do something with script writing and screenplays. I started the project by soon came to realization that it would be too big of a task to attack alone. I asked around and found out that Albert was also looking into screenplays. Presently, I may need to ask at least people to volunteer to act in the trailer I’m making. This project is slowly starting to grow more and more larger although it doesn’t need to be. I’m going to attempt to compact the entire project a bit so I won’t need more resources enabling me to have a concise and successful project.


Zip Document Of Learning #2

Take a moment to reflect on your inquiry plan. Do you need to make any revisions to your original plan? If so, why? If you haven’t made any changes to your plan, why do you feel you have been so successful in sticking to it?

So far, Zip has been moving at a fairly good pace but to be completely honest, Albert and I will definitely need more time than we thought to complete our script and trailer. Looking back at my calendar, I was supposed to have started the script by now, but it’s been a struggle to write the script as Albert was in Whistler. It’s also difficult to actually start the script as the beginning is quite hard to write. The beginning has to have a hook or a strong grasp on the audience or no one will be interested. I have all my ideas down and I know the basic plot, but just applying it is very strenuous. Albert and I are going to extend our planning/writing stage and hope to start filming in the winter break. Our original plan was okay, but we didn’t give enough time for the writing stage.   Scripting is very tedious but once you get into the motion, it will be a constant flow of progress.


Article review for PTI

Article Name: Inquiry to probe into Indian Act, Systemic causes: sources

Author: Gloria Galloway

Publication / Source: Globe & Mail (Toronto, Canada) / Canada In Context

Date Published: August 3, 2016

Date Read: December 13, 2017


Thesis: The Indian Act is finally being reviewed as it is a concern and a possible reason for the crime against Indigenous Women.


Article/ Evidence How it relates to key idea
The nine-page document says the commissioners will investigate and report on “systemic causes of violence against indigenous women and girls in Canada, including underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional and historical causes.” The evidence states that commissioners have finally noticed the effect that the Indian Act has portrayed and has even stated very suddenly, that the Indian Act is a factor in the deaths. It’s later said that it’s disappointing after 157 years, the contract is finally being reviewed.
Families of victims have complained that police do not investigate the disappearances of indigenous women with the same diligence that is applied when Caucasian women go missing, and they say suspicious deaths are too often attributed to natural causes. The evidence claims that The Indian Act has been perpetuating that Indigenous People are insightful since 1860 when it was written. This proves that even the best and most polite politics who have taken part in the Indian Act are a bit racist. It has only recently been noticed because Indigenous People are finally speaking up and claiming that the deaths of women and girls are not natural causes but because of their heritage and beliefs.


Novel Evidence:

“They had a big party –,” my father said. OF COURSE THEY HAD A BIG PARTY. OF COURSE THEY WERE DRUNK. THEY’RE INDIANS!” (Page 205)


How Evidence relates to Current Event

This relates because people are singularing out Indians and calling out derogatory insults towards them. The novel is specifically talking about how Junior’s sister went missing and died, but they claim that she was drunk at a party. This relates to women are dying because of the Indian act but it’s being hidden with natural causes such as drinking, drugs and other substances.


What do we learn?

We learn that Junior’s sister has died of an overdose in alcohol or at least that’s what they say. We also learn that these stories and events are still continuing for Indigenous families when they should have stopped a long time ago.


Novel Evidence #2

“After high school, my sister just froze. Didn’t go to college, didn’t get a job. Didn’t do anything. Kind of sad, I guess.

But she is also beautiful and strong and funny. She is the prettiest and strongest and funniest person who ever spent twenty-three hours a day alone in a basement. She is so crazy and random that we call her Mary Runs Away”(27-28)


How Novel Evidence relates to article

This quote relates to the article because Indigenous women and teenagers are not getting the same education or opportunities that white people are receiving. She is “Beautiful and strong and funny. She is the prettiest and strongest and funniest person..”, So there is nothing stopping her from getting full education except the discrimination against the colour of her skin. The discrimination also starts to lead to crime against Indigenous women.


What do we learn?

We learn that Junior has a sister named Mary who is also very unstable. We also learn that she runs away, and did not receive a full education.


Most Significant Conflict

The conflicts portrayed in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie are those within two communities, those within the reservation and the Native American community and the white community. During the novel, both communities collide and the protagonist, Junior, is involved in both of these communities.

The initial and most vital conflict that Junior runs into and as well as many other Native American characters in the story is if they should stay and remain within the reservation and the culture, or if they have to feel the need to interact and communicate outside the walls of the reservation. For those who want to leave the reservation, for many factors such as education and career, they must also have the skill to balance the negativity portrayed towards their culture and how and the type of cultural assimilation necessary for success, as well as trying to keep hold of their own traditions, rights, and values.

Junior struggles for acceptance from his peers, as he has to deal with discrimination from his white school, Rearden, because of his and disabilities and physical appearance. Junior is bullied constantly about his large skull in proportion to the rest of his body. Junior says he “looked like a capital L walking down the road.” (3) Junior is bullied for his physical appearance and is different from others being considered ‘abnormal’. The insults continue after leaving the reservation, and stick with him once he arrives at Rearden. This is not exactly said in the novel, but Junior has had to deal with this conflict since the very beginning. He was unfortunately born with a larger head and has to deal with the consequences that he doesn’t deserve. Therefore, this conflict is one of the more significant conflicts in Junior’s life as it will continue throughout his whole existence.  


Zip Document of Learning #1

Record a journal entry of how you used one of our in-class focus blocks. What did you accomplish during this time? What did you struggle with? What might be your next step in your next focus block? Set a goal.

During my previous class focus block, Albert and I began our idea for the project. We started on trying to find movie scripts to read off of, organising a software that we are able to use for the project, and writing down our ideas, specifications, and needs for our movie trailer. It was very important that we had a movie theme that could be mixed in with our budget, time, and our resources. For an example, we wanted to have our movie set on a plane, but that’s definitely not possible! Albert and I both agreed on our movie topic which will be set outdoors making it easier to film.

Albert also had found a very good software called Celtx, A script formatting software that is all set up and ready to go. A huge problem we ran into was finding reliable and readable scripts. Not many mystery movies had their scripts online, so it was a barrier. We ended up working on our ideas first and we hope to have at least 3 scripts by next block. As Albert begins to go more deeply into lessons, written pieces and movies, I’m going to start designing the overall look of our trailer and storyboard. By the end of our next in-class focus time, Albert hopes to have found a few scripts to start reading and I hope to have the ground level of the storyboard and trailer complete.


REAL Success – Reflection

During last week, we spent our lunch breaks watching the videos on How to be a REAL Success by John Maxwell. It was a very interesting show and I learnt quite a bit. REAL is an acronym for RELATIONSHIPS, EQUIPPING, ATTITUDE, and LEADERSHIP. And after watching it, I realized that I was underdeveloped in the equipping area, which totally contradicts my participation in TALONS!  Equipping is another word for “prepare” or “get ready”,  and is defined as preparing mentally for a particular situation or task. After watching that particular episode, I realized that I don’t equip friends, family, or even strangers enough. I once took part in a leadership summer course down at Douglas, and I ended up being the oldest by four years! Instead of learning, the instructor asked if I would like to help mentor with her. After agreeing, I assisted with the class and shared my own experiences and knowledge educating the children. Looking back at that occurrence, I recognize that I was equipping them! I remember how good it felt to help young kids evolve into leaders, to watch them exceed because of the help I gave them was very touching. I realize now what equipping means and in the near future, especially with leadership events, the orientation, and the info night that are slowly approaching, I look forward to applying the information I have gathered and use it effectively to the next generation of TALONS.


“One is too small a number to achieve greatness” – John Maxwell



Proposal for Zip (Partnered with Albert)


What are the most important components of a Mystery genre movie?


What would you like to learn? Why did you choose this skill? What motivates or excites you in pursuing this line of inquiry?

I would like to learn how to properly write a script. I’m a huge movie critique and I watch movies every week. I’d like to now go back, and go behind the scenes in the very early stages, learning the scripting and planning stages of a movie. This excites me so much because I get to learn how all my favourite movies were planned and how they became successful.


What do you currently know about this topic/skill, and what skills do you currently have that will help you succeed in your work?

I have a couple of movie scripts at home (Boyhood, Theory of Everything, etc.), so I know the format and how they work. Reading them expands my knowledge, and will help exceedingly with this project. I also know quite a bit about movie making. I have made a couple of trailers in my past, and I am currently in a Digital Media class. We are learning about a software called Adobe Premiere cs5, which I can get access to and use it towards this project.

What is a specific list of skills that you hope to have expanded on / learned by the end of this assignment?

I’d really like to learn how to make a successful script that is exciting and keeps interest throughout the movie. I’d also like to learn some formatting skills as a script is very different than normal writing and stories. Finally, I want to learn how to incorporate actions, as well as speech in one story. I need to be able to describe an argument as well as show that emotions, actions, and expressions.

Who can you approach for support during your work/research?

I am hoping to get some support from Mark Breakspear (My father). He works within the movie industries and has a plethora amount of experience in script writing. I am planning to have an interview with someone who excels in script writing, and we are hoping Mark can help us and direct us to who we need.

What are some other resources that might be useful in helping you complete your summary?

I was planning also to get movie scripts off the internet so that Albert and I could study and examine them. As said before, I own a couple of scripts so It is a possible option to just read some of my own. Another possibility is to watch some horror/mystery movies so I could get ideas on what film we are going to write.

How might you demonstrate your learning at the end of your inquiry? What format or form might you use to highlight your work?

I am planning to present our learning by fully planning out a movie(scripting, storyboarding, etc.) and then also creating a trailer for our planned movie to show that we have learned how to make an impact on the audience. We will also be presenting a short lesson on how to make a valid and an exceeding trailer to grab the audience’s attention.

What is your schedule for learning? Include a calendar with a tentative plan as to how you will use your time both in and out of class.



Night of The Notables Reflection

Well then! Eminent is already over! I swear, coming into this, I did not expect to have so much fun. My fellow classmates did an amazing job with their learning centres and I’m proud of all of them. Once I arrived home, I logged onto the Facebook Group Chat and it was blowing up! It was full of people congratulating everyone and saying what a night we all had. I got ready for bed, doing my nightly routine and closed my door. I turned off my lights and stared into blank space, already saying to myself, “354 days until next years!”


Overall, I believe I met my goals. If anything, I exceeded them! My Learning Centre looked AMAZING and I’m actually really proud of it as it completely looked like Winston Churchill’s desk. A few weeks ago, I said to myself ” I want my learning centre to be completed on time, to have a plethora of information displayed as objects, and have a successful interactive component. I   actually finished my project on the weekend prior to the night. It wasn’t very complicated, as I just needed to design and find many objects to resemble a desk in 1945. However, I did start my interactive component in the free block we had on the day! Thankfully, I just needed to cover a shoebox with paper and write some instructions. My next goal was quite successful. I used so many objects that not only looked aesthetically pleasing but displaces sounds and visuals to extend the amount of information portrayed(more in my document of learning). Lastly, my Interactive component. Well, this actually REALLY upset me. I asked people to write an inspirational message for a time capsule. No one, and I mean NO-ONE AT ALL, wrote anything serious. They thought it was a joke. It’s upsetting because you spend so long trying to make an amazing project, and when you show it to the public, they don’t take it seriously. I feel like I gave the Ilumini to much freedom giving them a pen!


Thanks so much to:

Mr. Morris,

-For Inspiring us and assisting us throughout the whole project.

Mr. Salisbury and Ms. Mulder,

-For giving me tips and supporting my ideas.

My mother and father,

-For giving me confidence in myself every day.

The grade 9’s

-For being by my side, giving me inspiration.

The grade 10’s

-For presenting their speeches and giving me their knowledge on eminent.

And to Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

-For Never giving up in the most difficult times.

I loved Eminent, I expected it to be torture, but thankfully I was wrong. Although the 7 weeks were very hard and stressful, the final outcome was fantastic. I am excited for next years, and I’m already counting down the days!



Here are the top 5 links I used for my study of my Eminent Person, Winston Churchill.

“Winston Churchill.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Nov. 2017,

The Wikipedia page has almost everything I need, as it is the home to all the information. It includes small and minor details that I may not have found anywhere else.

“Winston Churchill.”, A&E Networks Television, 20 Nov. 2017,

This website was a bit different from the rest, having more of Winston’s point of view. With the Biography style, I received more opinions, thoughts, and feelings that were not found in the other pages.

Nicholas, Herbert G. “Sir Winston Churchill.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 15 Nov. 2017,

This Britannica page on Winston was quite impressive, having such a detailed and interesting description of Winston’s full life story. It has all the information from a young lad, to his dying day.

The International Churchill Society -.” The International Churchill Society,

This website is the official organization for Winston Churchill and has plenty of infographics that are useful and give a distinct aesthetic towards the page.

“International Churchill Society Canada.” International Churchill Society Canada, 2006,

This website does lack the amount of information but has very detailed descriptions of Winston that I struggled to find on other websites. It is very concise and is easy to understand for all readers.


Document of Learning: Making My Learning Centre

I decided to pick my learning centre as my document of learning. Making my Learning centre was not very difficult, but actually designing, and the initial planning stage was very tedious and complicated. My final product was quite different from everyone else’s, as I had no words or pictures AT ALL. I wanted to take a risk and attempt to have more of a “scene” than a learning centre, and by that, I had to eliminate all words but rather talk about my eminent person when they visited my learning centre. So without further ado, Here is how I made Winston Churchill’s study.

I’m going to break my Learning centre into sections so I can go into a bit more depth.


Overall look of my Learning Centre


This is what it looked like at the final stage. As you can probably tell, mine indeed looks much different than others. My Learning Centre was supposed to represent Winston Churchills study area and more specifically, his desk. I picked his desk because that’s where all the most important and vital aspects of Churchill’s life happened. All the speeches were written, all the paintings and signatures all took place on his desk.


Typewriter, Documents and Pen


I used a Typewriter as one of my objects as Winston probably used it every day to write up speeches, contracts and other important documents used throughout WWII and his time in parliament.




This radio is a bit more mordern than 1945, but it does represent something on a larger scale. It represents Churchills speeches as all of his speakings were broadcasted across the nation. during the night, I had one of his most famous speeches playing, “We Will Fight On The Beaches” to give a very old feeling vibe.


Portrait of his Wife


I Included a photo of his wife because unlike other Prime Ministers, Winston and his wife Clementine, Were inseparable. They were so close and spent a lot of time together. Clementine was very supportive and attended all speeches that Winston conducted.


Interactive Element

For my interactive component, I wanted people to write a small message to inspire someone in the future. I would then take all those messages and put them in a box and bury it. after 4 years and when I’m in grade 12, I will dig up the box and present it to the grade 9s during their eminent project. This represents Winston’s inspirational speeches and his outstanding hope. He still inspires people today and I believe he gives people hope forever.