Take a moment to reflect on your inquiry plan (calendar). 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?

My original inquiry plan:

January 6: Complete proposal and rubric, post on my blog

January 7 – 13: Research and take notes

January 14 – 18: Research, compile notes, start planning presentation

January 19 – 20: Decide and plan presentation (how I want the product to be)

January 21 – 27: Create and edit video or Pecha Kucha, review notes resources

January 28 – 29: Present!

I feel that I need to revise my original schedule because my research took up a few more days than expected. Instead of compiling notes and starting my presentation on January 14th, I have used the last couple of classes for further research. Although I did not completely follow through with my original plan, I don’t regret using my time for extra research. My notes are quite detailed and thorough now, and I plan to compile and review my notes today and tomorrow during class. Today is January 15th, and originally, I was supposed to start compiling my notes yesterday and start organizing my presentation today. However, because of the slight shift in my schedule, I will not start my presentation until January 18th (this Friday). Other than this revision, I believe that my schedule is reasonable, and I am able to keep up with it.


Take a moment to reflect on you inquiry plan (calendar). 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?


When writing my plan, I purposefully wrote it with a lot of ambition, so as to put maximum effort in keeping up with it. As expected, I am not able to complete all of the 22 units by the end of this week. The reason for this is that there isn’t enough time to practice, and it is important to master the absolute basics before moving onto new skills. From reading ahead, I found that the later chapters become less useful my type of simplistic notetaking. If I need to be able to take notes by the 30th of January, then I cannot afford to use my time learning unnecessary accessories to shorthand. With the knowledge of the first 15 chapters, I am already confused enough when it comes to using all the strategies. Likewise, the reading practices are becoming more and more difficult because of all the new abbreviations. I think that this is the time for me to stop going by the book, and start applying shorthand into practice by way of podcasts and journal entries. In the end, I am adjusting my plan to stop studying the manual earlier, to allow more time to gain speed.


What new questions have come up in your inquiry? Will you include these in your final presentation, or might they be saved for future research assignments? Do these questions help narrow your focus or do they distract you from your original proposal?

Throughout this project, my research has been solely based on answering smaller inquiry questions to gather information that will consolidate to create a solid foundation that I can use to create inferences that will allow me to answer my final inquiry question. As a result, I have thought of many new questions. For example, I wonder the addition of different sensory experiences, such as audio, would impact the connotations of text further? Another reason why I have considered many new questions is because in creating my videos I must ensure that the only variable that is changing is the video playing behind the text. This has forced me to consider many different aspects of presentation that may also impact the meaning of words, such as the size, font, and colour of text.

I may address these new questions in the conclusion of my presentation or while explaining the process of my research, but I will not be including these different questions in my research and will not be explaining them in-depth in my presentation. I may use these questions in future research assignments if the opportunity arises. I have always been interested in both cinematography and psychology so all of the questions that arise through my research are very interesting to me. The reason that I will not be including these questions thoroughly in my presentation is because they distract from my original proposal. My inquiry question focuses specifically on the impact that different visuals will have on the connotations of text, therefore researching the impact of different sensory experiences such as audio, wouldn’t help me answer my original inquiry question.

In-depth 2019: Introduction


This year for in-depth, I will be studying the art of yoga. Yoga is a mental and physical practice that not only relaxes the body but the mind as well. For the first couple of months along the learning process, I will mainly conduct research regarding the purpose of yoga, and how it helps relieves stress for students, such as myself. The next couple of months will be dedicated to specifically practicing the yoga poses and creating a presentation that effectively showcases my learning.

yogaThroughout the four months of this project, I will attend yoga classes every two weeks at Yoga Generation. An instructor who teaches there, Prestonne, will be my mentor. After every yoga class, I will have the opportunity to ask her about my inquiries. In my own time, I will also review the yoga poses that I learn from her. I am hoping to take photos to track my progress (balance, posture, flexibility, etc.).

I want to learn about yoga because it is a lifelong skill that can be applicable to my daily life. I would also like to be capable of sharing my knowledge of yoga with my peers. Yoga is known to be a calming form of exercise; the benefits of this exercise are both mental and physical. I believe that simple yoga should be known and taught internationally, providing a healthy stress-reliever to many people around the world.

Grade 11 Composition: TED Talks

Hello Grade 11s,

Attached to this post you will find links to the two TED Talks viewed in class today. Please watch / review them in order to answer the following prompt.

Q: What are the benefits of reading a good story?

Based on your notes from today’s TED Talks,  which speaker’s argument is more persuasive in answering the above question? Why? Please write a formal paragraph that provides your reasoning with reference to evidence from each clip. Remember PQS and to compare each speaker’s talk.

Andrew Stanton – “The Clues to a Great Story” (19:16)

Lisa Bu – “How Books Can Open Your Mind” (6:16)

Due: Tomorrow in class

TALONS Writing Tips


“10 Tips for More Concise Writing” by Katherine Firth

Rather than listen to me lecture about the most common issues found in your Earthsea essays and PTI responses, please spend a moment reading over the following article. Consider bookmarking this page and using it as a checklist for your writing going forward.

Consider points 1,2,4,5,9,10 and which one of these concepts you would like to apply to your next piece of formal writing.

As an additional task, I will be asking you to name what your next writing goal is by the end of class today as a ticket out the door, as well as at least one example from your work of why you chose this goal.  

Happy writing!

– Mr. Morris

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What new questions have come up in your inquiry? Will you include these in your final presentation, or might they be saved for future research or assignments? Do these questions help narrow your focus or do they distract you from your original proposal?

During my research, while looking for different techniques to write hooks for stories, I came across an article illustrating how to write a hook for a novel later on in a series, in which the previous novel ended in a cliffhanger. There was information on how to start a story back up and make it flow nicely, while still being sure to provide background details and information from the previous books. I am not planning on including any written hooks for this specific style of hook writing in my presentation, since I would need to also write a conclusion from a previous book, and it would just get complicated. I am also not planning to include an example of this highlighted in a popular novel, since the majority of the class would have to know the backstory, which would be hard. Although this question is not furthering my inquiry, it is not distracting me from my original proposal. It is a very interesting perspective to see hook writing from, and it does fit in my question, but I just won’t be mentioning it in my final presentation.

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What is a specific source of information that you’ve found valuable in answering your inquiry question? How has it proved valuable? Explain.


Before I begin, I wanted to inform those interested that I’ve yet again refocused my inquiry question. Instead of inquiring into the effectiveness of ALL YouTube niches, I have chosen to specifically research beauty gurus and vloggers. These niches are closely connected and the research I’ve done so far relates to both in different ways.

Recently, I discovered an article titled “YouTubers are not your friends” that explained the basis of parasocial relationships. Essentially, viewers of media personalities get emotionally connected to them without ever actually meeting them. This drives things like the popularity of a channel or a viewer’s perception of a YouTuber’s content. The article then lead me to a study featured in a journal about parasocial relationships in social media, specifically in relation to beauty gurus on YouTube. Reading it has helped me understand some of the psychology behind my question, and has given me concrete results (from the study) to refer to in my research. The concept of parasocial relationships is directly related to the popularity and effectiveness of beauty gurus/vloggers on YouTube and is also a very interesting read.


YouTubers are not Your Friends

Parasocial Interaction Study


Relating to your learning evidence, what have you done to make retrieving information easier or more effective in class? 

In the last couple of days, I have really struggled with reading the shorthand passages because they contain so many abbreviated words. While all the brief forms for common words are clearly provided for me by chapter, the bulk amount of them is very difficult to memorize. To combat this problem, I have alphabetized all of the connotations into a small paper booklet, up until page 50 in the manual. Since the beginning chapters start with very basic concepts and most common words, these abbreviations are likely the most important to know, anyways. While I gain speed in taking notes, this accessible collection will help me memorize and build a habit of writing these words all in a similar way. I hope to utilize the abbreviations from next chapters as well, as soon as I get the foundation built with these ones. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether I am able to read to work of someone else. Mastering the most difficult techniques isn’t crucial, but  I likely will attempt to if I find shorthand to be a worthwhile skill. As long as it gives me an advantage over normal writing in terms of speed and detail, this project would be a success.

It has also been a little bit difficult to transition from simply reviewing information to physically writing down my thoughts, as there is a lot of choices to make about stroke direction and sound. For example, the S and TH strokes can go either right or left motion, which is convenient for quick scribbles, but also takes a while to master. One of the biggest difficulties, though, are the vowels. There are 12 total types of sound, which need to be quickly recalled on the spot. The different types of A, U, O, and E differ by possessing a different accent (line or dot). When writing, I oftentimes focus so much on the technique that I forget what I am writing about. Nonetheless, this simply takes practice, which I am currently doing with simple journal entries in my notebook.

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Provide a copy / image of your research notes. What concepts in your learning do you now feel you have a solid grasp on? Which ones might be useful to other students in their learning?

ZIP Notes

There are multiple people in the class who are focusing on writing pieces of literature, but the people who I think would most benefit from my research are Leah, Sarah Fong, Shubham, and Rowan. All of them are planning on writing some type of story or script, and hooks are extremely important components of both. Hopefully I will have the chance to talk to them about how they are planning on starting their stories off, and with their permission, I would love to use some of their story examples in my presentation.