The most significant conflict Junior faces in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True diary of a part time Indian is his identity because he is stuck between two worlds. Junior demonstrates this conflict when he states “It was like being Indian was my job, but it was a part time job, and it didn’t pay well at all” (118). This quote evidences that Junior struggles to fit in, both with the Indians on the reservation, and with the white kids at Reardan. He is also disliked in both places. The Indians hate Junior because he abandoned them for a white school, and the white people hate him because he is different than them. Junior also struggles to hide his poverty when around his friends at Reardan, which is another example of Junior’s struggle with his identity. Throughout the novel, Junior struggles with who he is and how to balance his Indian life with his life at Reardan.
Over the past week, we spent our lunch breaks watching a 4 part series called How to be a REAL success by John Maxwell. It was very interesting and I learned a lot about leadership. The acronym REAL stands for RELATIONSHIPS, EQUIPPING, ATTITUDE, and Leadership. I learned that I was weak at equipping others. I learned that I almost never equip others for tasks, and wasn’t even aware of it. One of the only times I can think of where I equipped others is when I was at cadet camp and was teaching younger cadets how to fire a rifle. I told the cadets about how when I had been learning, I was taught wrong and I ended up missing every shot I took. I made sure to equip all the cadets properly so they didn’t end up like I did. I remember that after teaching those cadets, I felt great because I helped those cadets learn something that I had been forced to teach myself and had been a better leader than the cadet who had taught me. I now know how to equip others much better than I did before, and hope to apply the skills I learned to the next generation of TALONS.
What is a specific source of information that you have found valuable in answering your inquiry question? How has it proved valuable? Explain.
A specific resource that has been particularly useful is chapter seven in the book “An Introduction to Contemporary Linguistic Analysis.” This book provides information about the parts of speech that change, and provides theories on how language has changed and why it has changed. It covers most of my question, and provides a lot of insight into the history of English. This book has demonstrated how valuable it is to my research because it covers, in extensive detail, the history of language change and what factors most commonly influence language change. I will use other sources, but this source has been very helpful in my pursuit for the answer of my question and I can credit most of my current research to this book.
What question would you like to pursue in your inquiry? why did you choose this question? what motivates or excites you in pursuing this line of inquiry?
I would like to pursue the answer to the question: why does language change? I chose this question because I often wonder how our language evolved to its current state and why it went that way. I am motivated by the fact that I will finally be able to understand why we don’t still speak like Shakespeare did and because i will be able to teach my friends about the subject as well.
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 currently know that there are four main eras of the english language, old english, middle english, early modern english, and modern english. I currently have the ability to find truthful and relevant sources that aid me in completing my work, and I have the deductive reasoning to help me answer a question as large as this one.
what is a specific list of skills that you hope to have expanded on/learned by the end of this assignment?
I hope that I can expand on my ability to understand texts from other eras of english so that I can truly understand the meanings that the writers are trying to convey. I also want to expand my knowledge on grammar rules so that I can improve my writing.
who can you approach for support during your work/research?
I can approach an expert in the field of the evolution of the english language to support me in this research because they can enhance my understanding.
what are some other resources that might be useful in helping you complete your inquiry?
Some other resources that might useful are texts written in each era, so I can compare them to enhance my research, and books written about the subject of language evolution.
how might you demonstrate your your learning at the end of your inquiry? what format or form might you use to highlight your work?
I would like to provide an interactive lesson for the class on why language evolves because I think that the best way to show people my research is to teach them about it.
what is your schedule for learning?
I planned on putting three shoes as the focal point of my learning center. My reasoning for this is Phil Knight’s story, from his university days to his retirement has been focused on shoes. As an athlete, he was trying new shoes all the time. As an entrepreneur, Knight was designing and marketing shoes. And as the CEO of a shoe company, he was approving designs for shoes and controlling all aspects of the company. At any point in his life, he always has a connection to shoes. By showing shoes as a focal point, people walking by would immediately know that Knight was connected to him. Knight and shoes have intertwined for his entire life, which explains the significance of the shoes and why I included them in my learning center.
- Knight, Phil. Shoe Dog. New York: Scribner, 2016. Print
This book contains information on Phil Knights life, from his early twenties until his late thirties ad early forties. It mainly consists of Knights quest to take over the U.S. shoe market, and the obstacles he faced in doing so. This was the main source of my information as it goes into great detail.
- “Phil Knight.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 10 November 2017. Web. 13 November 2017.
This site contains a little bit of information about Knights early life, and about his friends and relatives. It also tells a little bit of extra information that is not in Shoe Dog. I only really used this site to find out about Knights early life and his partners life. Not the most useful site, as it does not go into much detail about Knights achievements.
- “Nike’s incredible road to becoming the worlds dominant sneaker retailer” Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, Oct 4, 2016. Web. 12 November 2017. http://www.businessinsider.com/nike-history-timeline-2015-10
I used this site to help me decide what the most significant parts of Nikes history are. Not a lot of detail, but great for helping with putting things on a timeline. The only thing I don’t love about this article is that it does not include much from Nike’s early days.
- “Philip H. Knight.” Entrepreneur. Entrepreneur Media, Inc, October 9, 2009. Web. 12 November, 2017. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/197534
This website went into more detail about the founding of Blue Ribbon sports and its decline. It also talks about Knights marketing strategy, which is seldom mentioned in my other resources. Useful for the early and mid stages of Nike, and for Nike’s marketing strategy.
- Did you meet your goals for the project? How can/could you tell? How would you improve on future learning opportunities like this?
My goals for this project were to gain more knowledge on Phil Knight and his life, and to educate others on the contributions that Knight has made to society. I met these goals because I left this project with a much greater knowledge of Knight, and I left people wanting to inquire more into Knight. I would improve on future opportunities by researching more in depth, and by shortening my explanation of my topic so as not to stretch the attention span of those who I am trying to educate.
- What will you remember from Night of the Notables?
I will remember the speeches delivered by the grade tens. The atmosphere, and the amazingly well done speeches. They were so engaging and I think that the grade tens portrayed their eminent people superbly. I will never forget how confident the grade tens were, and I hope that our class can learn from their great examples.
- Who would you like to thank, or recognize, for their contributions to Night of the Notables?
I would like to thank the teachers for their contributions to us. Although the focus of the night was on the students, none of us could have achieved so much without the guidance of the teachers and their support of our education. I would also like to thank the alumni for their past contributions and for continuing to support the TALONS program year after year by coming to events like these and showing their belief in us. Finally, I would like to thank my fellow TALONS for being so supportive of myself and each other, and for helping each other out when we needed it.
A person’s responsibility to their family is more important than their individual goals (or dreams)
I do not believe that a person should base all of their life decisions to their family. Although the parent(s) did raise the child, the parents were the ones who made the decision to have a child, and knew the responsibilities they would have, so they cannot force the child to repay them for providing their children with the basic necessities of a child. I think that because parents have made the decision to have a child and raise them, they fell that the child should repay them in some way. They often try to guilt the child, lecturing them about all that they have done for the child, and that they expect the child to give them something in return. In reality, the parents often lecture children about the rights that they have been guaranteed and not the moments that show that the parent is willing to go the extra mile for us. They lecture about putting clothes on our back and food on our table, when they should be lecturing about the luxuries that they are not obligated to provide us. This does not mean however, that children can just take their parents for granted, as the parents did invest a lot of time and effort into raising their children, and children should be grateful to have parents who really do care about them, because there are other children who have parents that neglect, ignore, and disregard them, and do not provide those children with the things that they really need. These parents are the parents who should not expect anything back from their children because they have only provided their children with the basic things that they need, and have not shown that they truly care for their child. Luckily, parents put extra effort into raising their child way more often than not, which shows the natural instinct that humans have to help each other as much as they can.
If our parents have put the hours into raising us and providing us with experiences that we can never forget, then we should repay them by showing them that we are grateful for their hard work and appreciate them. This does not mean that we can dedicate our entire lives to repaying our families, because we are meant to go out into the world and forge our own destiny, not continue on our parents. If we dedicate our entire lives to repaying our debt to our parents, then we will not have time to repay our family in the best way, by starting a family of our own and helping our children succeed. On top of all of this, if we don’t forge our own paths, then we will not be able to serve as role models to our children, and our children will end up lost, as they will have no one to guide them.
Exposition: Phil Knight introduced from the point of view of Jeff Johnson.
Antecedent action: Phil learns that his supply company, Onitsuka is going behind his back.
Rising action 1: Phil founds Nike as a backup in case he loses his supplier.
Rising action 2: executive from Onitsuka finds out about side business and becomes furious with Knight.
Rising action 3: Knight meets with executive and steals document showing other potential U.S. Shoe distributors.
Climax: Onitsuka breaks contract with Knight and Knight decides to sue.
Falling action: Onitsuka executive lies to judge and is called out.
Resolution: Knight wins court case and the right to make Nike shoes.
Nike. A multi-billion dollar company, and one of the most well known brands across the world. Everyone knows Nike, but only some people know Phil Knight. I discovered Phil when I saw his autobiography in a bookstore. It looked interesting, so I decided to check it out. I found out how interesting Phil’s life was, and I learned how much Nike, this business that I had always thought of as an unshakable power, was once struggling to repay small loans to banks. I have always thought of myself as someone who has thought a little bit outside of the box, and now I had found someone who thought like me. Ever since I was young, I’ve had a little entrepreneurial spark inside me. I found a connection with Knight because that spark flared up when he created Nike. I see myself following a similar path in life, as I want to create something that will help move the world forward. I think that some of my other role models like Bill Gates, Thomas Edison, and my grandfather have formed this ambition because in them, I see that desire to improve the world and to innovate. One of the obstacles I see preventing me from eminence is expertise. I am not an expert in business or shoe design, whereas Phil was an accountant and had experimented with shoes since his time in university. Another obstacle I see for myself is motivation. It takes an extreme amount of motivation to start and grow a company from the ground up. I think that this study could help me overcome these obstacles by allowing me to learn about these areas and how to motivate myself to do something big. Although not many, there are a few barriers that prevent me from connecting with my eminent person. I will list the similarities and differences in a table below.
|Jackson Cyr||Phil knight|
|Race and gender||White male||White male|
|Social/wealth class||Middle class||Middle class|
|Place of birth||Coquitlam, BC, Canada||Portland, Oregon, USA|
|Family situation (divorced parents, single parent, etc.)||Divorced parents||Married parents|
One of the only barriers I have from connecting with Phil Knight is the location where we grew up. Phil grew up in Portland while I grew up in Coquitlam. There is still not a major difference in our geography, as we still live in somewhat similar environments. Another difference between us is how our families were growing up. My parents divorced when I was four years old, whereas Knight’s parents remained married their whole lives. I will address these differences by looking to entrepreneurs like Knight who live in BC, and looking to someone like Knight who had divorced parents growing up. I intend to learn about Knight’s life, and what drove him to risk everything and become an entrepreneur. Through this study, I also intend to learn about what drives me, and how I could become eminent like Phil Knight. I can connect Phil with one of the goals on my IEP, which is to improve my time management. Phil, like myself, did not have good time management skills and there were times in his life where he suffered from this. Another goal I can connect from my IEP is improving attention to detail. When designing shoes, Knight sometimes thought faster than his brain could keep up with, so there were times where he would plan a shoe and it would look good at first glance, but there would be many details missing, upon a closer look, causing the shoe to fail. I hope to use this study to help reach my goals of improving time management and attention to detail. Overall, during this study, I plan to learn about the life of Phil Knight, what drove him to become eminent, and how I can apply what I learn to my life.