Leadership response

During the last week, I have learned many new things about how to be a good leader in “How to be a REAL Success”. This course has taught me many new things, and I would like to share how these lessons have taught me to be a better leader.
The part of the course that had the most impact on me was the fact that respect was one of the most important parts of leadership. I always knew that getting along with group members could help you progress in a project faster, but I never really understood how much impact it had. Respect (according to the lesson) makes up 80% of being successful! This amazed me and made me realize how important being kind, inclusive, open to ideas and social really mattered. Honestly, it’s a bit of a relief for me, because coincidentally I am quite good at building relationships. I have really appreciated this one week course, and I hope next year’s grade 9s find it as helpful and informative as I did!

PTI conflict

Based on our reading of Sherman Alexie’s The absolutely true diary of a Part-Time Indian, the most significant external conflict is Junior’s struggle to prove the Rearden society that he is equal to them. Many times throughout the story, it is shown how Junior is shamed due to his race, an example being this confrontation between Junior and his science teacher: “Where did you learn this fact? On the reservation? Yes, we all know there is so much amazing science on the reservation.” (85). This quote is just one of the many examples of a moment where Junior is discriminated. We can also observe Junior complaining about this to the audience in many situations: “I knew I’d have to put a stop to it eventually or I’d always be known as “Chief” or “Tonto” or “Squaw Boy”” (64). Junior is constantly looked down upon, and he needs to fight to prove that he is just as equal as all the other kids. Although this situation practically matches him Junior against the whole school and American culture, Junior is determined to be successful and win this fight on the behalf of all Indigenous people.

Document of Learning ZIP

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 last in-class focus block, I focused on trying to find movie scripts to read off of, organising a software that Noah and I will use for the project, and writing down ideas, needs and specifications for our movie. I managed to lay a very firm groundwork for our movie and what will be about. I also managed to get our software, Celtx, all set up and ready to go. The main problem I had was finding reliable, readable and good scripts that Noah and I could read off of. I also had a lack of ideas of movies that Noah and I could take inspiration from. Next block, I plan to pause our progress on our final presentation/script, and begin to dive more deeply into lessons, written pieces and movies to start answering my inquiry question. I hope to have found at least 3 scripts and to have started to read them by the end of the next in-class focus time.

ZIP Proposal (Partnered with Noah)

Proposal for Zip



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?


The specific line of inquiry that I chose excites me because there are so many different possibilities with what I can do for this project and how it can turn out. It has a very narrow but diverse range of materials to research from, and I feel like learning about scriptwriting could become a high demand job as more and more movies come out. This topic also excites me personally, as I love watching movies in my own time and am looking forward to working on something that matches my passions.


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

To be 100% honest, I don’t know much about this specific skill, nor do I have many skills that will help me succeed in my work. Thankfully, I have Noah as a partner, whose dad works for a film company. Hopefully, Noah will be able to help me learn new skills and will guide me through the project.


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


By the end of this assignment, I am planning to have learned how to write a story in a stronger and more impactful manner, and I also hope to improve my planning skills as this project will be a large feat to undertake.


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


I was hoping to get in touch with Noah’s dad, and possibly receive advice from him on how to proceed with this project.I was also hoping to ask Noah’s dad if he could get us in touch with a scriptwriter or storyboarder, so we can begin to learn the essentials of writing and designing a movie.


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

I was planning on getting movie scripts off the internet december-calendarso that Noah and I could study and examine them. I was also planning to watch multiple mystery movies, so we could get ideas on what film we were 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 was 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 mystery movies leave impacts on the audience through different plot twists and other strategies.


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 Assessment

Overall, this project was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed learning more about space and the Apollo missions a lot. This project inspired me t continue on with my dreams, and to never give up. In the end, I’m really happy with how my learning center turned out.hi

I put a lot of effort into putting all the elements together and making it complete, and I am glad that all the hard work is over. One of the major annoyances that I had though was that the blue board behind my project really messed up the overall aesthetic of my learning center, and I wish my location could have been a bit better. The part of Night of the Notables that I will remember the most is the overwhelming talent and passion so many of my classmates put into their work. I learned many new things, and I saw interesting talents that I was unaware that my friends had. The amount of personality each person put into their learning centers made sure that each station was a fresh new thing, ready to be explored. I would like to thank all the grade 10s for supporting us 9s through our first Night of the Notables. I would have been lost without all of you guys. I would also like to thank Ms. Mulder, Mr. Salisbury and Mr. Morris for helping us complete our projects, and providing encouragement and support. That night was a night I will never forget.

Document of Learning

For my document of learning, I decided to make a record of all my elements in my learning center, what purpose they served and how I made them. Ill start off with my focal point, the timeline of Neil Armstrong’s life.





I included this object to allow the audience to understand the significance of what Neil Armstrong had done to reach his dreams and to show how putting effort into the thing you love makes all the difference.

How I made it:

  1. Got a black poster board from staples
  2. Create small captions to describe major events in his life
  3. Paste pictures and captions onto the poster board
  4. Paint a yellow timeline arrow connecting the different points
  5. Decorate the poster

Rocket simulation


This element was added to show how difficult it was to achieve something like flying into space. I made this intentionally hard so that people would appreciate how hard Neil worked to achieve getting into space.

How I made it:

  1. Downloaded a rocket simulation called Kerbal Space program
  2. Modified it so that it would be more realistic
  3. Designed a Saturn V replica inside the simulation
  4. Printed an instruction sheet for the simulation
  5. (This was all more work than it sounds like)



This part of my project was just included to allow the reader to gain some more interesting facts about the Apollo missions. I formatted it so that it would look like a mission control computer.

How I made it:

  1. Bought tri-fold from staples
  2. Typed up information panels
  3. Posted pictures/other aesthetics for decoration

Other Elements:

  • Video showing moon landing as it happened
  • 2 pictures, one of Neil and other of Saturn 5 diagram

I really enjoyed working on this project and learning new things about space and the Apollo missions.

Annotated bibliography:

  1. Google

Although this entry may seem strange and not make a lot of sense, I have a good reason for putting this here. Whenever I needed a quick fact about a date of an event, a person’s name or a rocket spec, I just searched it up on google and it gave me an instant result.

  1. https://www.officetimeline.com/blog/image.axd?picture=/2017/08/Neil-Armstrong-Timeline1.png

This picture helped me a lot when I was making my timeline. It is an undetailed but complete list of achievements and milestones in Neil’s life, and I found it to be very useful.

  1. https://www.wired.com/2011/07/moon-landing-gallery/

This link shows many of the different ways the Apollo astronauts trained for the moon landing. I used this link to help writing my speech, and it helped me understand the intense training all astronauts had to go through.

  1. https://www.biography.com/people/neil-armstrong-9188943

This link was very useful for teaching me about Neil Armstrong in general. It provided a great overview of his life and personality, and was one of the first things I read when I started this project.

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqbWt2ghiTQ

This documentary was the first thing I watched when I started this project. It provided a lot of the groundwork for everything else I would produce in this project, and it was overall the most helpful link for this whole project.


Pre-Reading Novel Study Blog Post

It’s worth loosing friends if it is making a positive change for yourself?

I believe that if your friends are getting in the way of your success, it is reasonable to leave them behind to achieve something better. For example, in grade 2,3, and 4, I was friends with a guy named Bob (I will call him bob because I don’t want to give away his real identity). Now although Bob and I were really good friends, and we shared a similar mindset, he also had a major flaw. He wouldn’t allow me to socialize with anyone other than him or he would do everything he could to make my life suck, and unless he always won at everything, he would get super man at me and start yelling, having rants and temper tantrums. Eventually, this got to a point where I could on longer be his friend, because he was hurting me more than he was being a good friend. Because of this, I left him, and I have been happier since. My past experiences give me a good strong and solid reason for me to believe that this statement is true.

Eminent Speech Overview

Storytelling Ark:

  1. Introduce Neil Armstrong, who he is.
  2. Neil Armstrong selected as an astronaut for the Apollo 11 mission.
  3. The rigorous training process.
  4. Liftoff of the Saturn V rocket, start telling the story of the trip.
  5. Trip to the moon, live broadcast, etc..
  6. Talk about the final descent to the moon, running low on fuel, almost aborted, and touchdown.
  7. Talk about walking on the moon’s surface, the famous Neil Armstrong quote.
  8. Talk about leaving the moon, re-entry into earth.
  9. Talk about welcome party home, conclude the story.

Neil Armstrong: Earth’s First Trip to the Stars

The hour is 10:56 p.m, EDT on July 20, 1969. The world is glued to there new portable television sets and radios, as they listen to the CAPCOM chatter on the Apollo 11 frequency, which is currently broadcasting worldwide. A sudden moment of silence envelops the globe, as all eyes and ears are focused on one man, slowly making his way down the Lunar Decent module. 5 more feet….. 4…… 3…… 2……. 1……. The radio frequency crackles: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. The NASA mission control room erupts into cheering, and the world will never be the same again.

I chose Neil Armstrong (if that isn’t obvious yet) as my eminent person because he means so much in the modern world, and is a symbol of strength, perseverance, and exploration as he was the first human ever to step foot another celestial body. His sense of curiosity is astounding and contagious, and that made me want to study him as an eminent person. He inspired me, to continue trying to achieve my goal in reaching NASA mission control, because if a normal man was able to take the first step on the moon with nothing but his wits, bravery, and courage, surely I could achieve something far lesser. Another reason I chose Neil is that there aren’t many barriers between his life and mine, so it would be easier for me to connect with him as a person. It’s nice that I will be able to study someone that is so close to my (hopefully) chosen field of study because I will then be able to learn more about how I can successfully register into the different programs, and prepare myself for the soon to be known challenges ahead.