In-Depth Blog Post #2

It has been about two weeks since my last blog post, and unfortunately I have made less progress than I would have liked. I have secured Mrs. Priestly as my mentor, but was unable to meet with her over the past two weeks due to exam week and the transition to the new semester, but I have a meeting with her set up for Thursday. I have also had a chance to get into the kitchen and refresh my baking skills, as I made scones on Friday. I have also done some preliminary research on the effects and uses of different flours such as all purpose, bread, cake, pastry, whole wheat, and rice flour. From this research, I have decided that I will probably use pastry and cake flour for my baking, as most of it will be dessert based, and I will use rice flour for the gluten free portion, as rice flour does not contain gluten. The main takeaway from this research is that flours used for baking pastries and cakes are more finely milled and have a lower protein content to help give the baked good a more fluffy and tender texture. In the coming weeks I hope to make up for lost time, meet with Mrs. Priestly twice and really get my In-Depth rolling.

Unfortunately, since I have not yet met with Mrs. Priestly, I cannot comment on how I have incorporated the first three aspects of A Beautiful Mind. I will update this blog post on Thursday after my meeting with my mentor so I can demonstrate how I have used the three aspects.

Zip DOL #5

1. What is your inquiry question? What initially drew you to this question? Did your question stay the same, or did it change overtime? Why?

My inquiry question for this year was “what techniques make a good persuasive speech?” I was drawn to this question because as mentioned in my introductory blog post, I’ve always had an interest in speeches and I like arguing with others, so I figured I’d combine these two interests in the form of my inquiry question. My question stayed the same because my research didn’t change my main question, although it did change my understanding of the topic. My question could have changed if I had gone down the broader topic of being persuasive in general, but I felt that if I had changed to being persuasive I would have strayed too far from the English aspect of this inquiry. However, a lot of what I learned during my inquiry could be applied more or less the same way in general persuasiveness.

2. What skills have you expanded on / learned during the inquiry process? How are these skills applicable to your success as a student?

During the inquiry process, I have expanded on a number of skills. firstly, I expanded on my speech writing ability. Almost all of the speeches I have written in the past have been more informative rather than persuasive, so I learned about a new type of speech writing that I can use when doing public speaking in the future. I have also improved my research skills. Rather than exclusively use sources specifically focused on persuasive speeches, I have explored other areas that I can apply to speeches, opening me up to a broader amount of information than I have found in the past. Finally, I have improved on my organizational skills. By keeping all of my notes and drafts, etc. in one place, I have made it much easier to find the information I need when I need it.

3. What did you learn about / what is your answer to this inquiry question? Remember to be specific and provide direct evidence from your research.

There are many answers to this question, as there are many components that make a persuasive speech successful, so I will go over the most important. Delivery is a huge part of making a success speech persuasive. If a person goes up and has a boring introduction and drones on during the speech, the audience will lose interest very quickly. The same is true if a speaker goes up and seems to lack confidence or knowledge of their topic. It is important to appear confident and be engaging with the audience. this can be achieved by gesticulating, speaking clearly and confidently, and using humour to maintain interest. The composition of the speech is also very important. The issue needs to be a topic that can be argued. It is extremely difficult to write a persuasive speech on a topic such as “why sharks are animals,” as this is already commonly accepted as a fact. The topic also needs to be well researched. One cannot just go up and say that their speech is about “why you should wash your hands” and then not have any evidence to back this statement up. Finally, one of the most important parts of making a persuasive speech is knowing what the opinion of the audience is, so that one can relate to them better and be more personal in their persuasion.

4. In what ways does your final learning artifact demonstrate your learning / answer to your inquiry question? How does it connect to your chosen curricular competencies? Consider listing your competencies and including images, links, or excerpts from your work to demonstrate this.

My final learning artifact is a persuasive speech. This demonstrates my learning since my research is intended to be applied to a speech. Although the speech topic itself is not related to my question, the type of speech as well as the techniques I use will demonstrate my learning. My curricular competencies are express an  opinion and  support it with credible evidence, transform ideas and information to create original texts, and assess and refine texts to improve their clarity, effectiveness, and impact according to purpose, audience,and message. My artifact connects to the first competency because it is, quite literally, an opinion supported by credible evidence. It connects to the second competency because in order to write my speech I needed to take ideas that I learned from being persuasive in general and apply them to speech writing. I also had to take information I had gathered about my speech topic and use it in order to write the speech. My artifact connects to the third competency because I had to edit my speech and cut it down, change word choice etc. to make it clear and concise and to fit better with the audience that I was trying to persuade, my classmates.

5. What resources did you find useful during your inquiry and why were they useful? (Cite at least four resources you consulted, with links, and write a brief 50-100 word response as to why it was important to your learning).

This source was really useful as not only did it give tips on how to write a persuasive speech, it also was very useful in the structuring of my speech. Overall a thorough and extremely useful source.

This source was useful as the tips were useful in writing the speech, but also helped me understand how to deliver it. Citing examples from very successful speeches also helped me understand the concepts better, which allowed me to apply them much easier.

Although not every principle mentioned was applicable to my inquiry, most were and not only helped me in learning about the delivery of a persuasive speech, but also in how to write one, as some principles could be modified to work in the writing process.

This source was useful because it had more information to do with the audience, and since other sources didn’t mention as much about the audience, this was a major help in writing my speech when I was thinking about the audience.

6. What new questions do you have about your inquiry? What motivates you or excites you about these questions?

Although I don’t have any questions about my inquiry itself, the process has spawned some related questions that I hope to answer in the future, such as how are the techniques in persuasive speech writing and essay writing similar and different and why? What excites me about this question is that by looking into this topic, I could improve my speech and essay writing, and I could explore an area similar to the topic that I originally chose to pursue for Zip. I also have another question, how is a persuasive speech different from other kinds of speeches? I am excited about this question because by trying to answer it, I could learn more about other speeches, expanding on the knowledge I have which could help prepare me for future public speaking.

DOL #4

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

The advice that I would give myself at the beginning of my inquiry would be to try to broaden my research. I spent too much time scrolling through repetitive articles that bored and frustrated me when I could have been discovering new information that could actually help further my inquiry. adding on to this, I would have given myself less time for speech writing because I managed to finish it a lot quicker than I imagined and then had “too” much time to edit.

DOL #3

Reflect on your inquiry question and how your understanding is changing, becoming more focused, or is perhaps being reaffirmed by your research. what do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this inquiry?

At the beginning of my inquiry, I understood that the delivery of a speech was what made it a good persuasive speech but as I have done more research I have learned that the actual composition of the speech plays a major role in how effective it is. I never knew that such simple and minimal things, such as only having three body points, could have such a large impact on how successful a speech is. Even word choice can make or break a speech, so it is important to pay attention to detail while writing a speech, let alone while delivering one.


DOL #2

Describe the ups and downs  you have encountered to date in your inquiry. Specifically, when were you frustrated or struggling in your inquiry, what did you do to address the situation?

There have not been too many ups and downs in my inquiry, but one particular area where I was frustrated was the repetitiveness of articles on persuasive speech writing. It felt like I was just reading the same information article after article, rarely finding new information to further my progress. In order to address this problem, I switched my area of research from persuasive speech writing to being persuasive in general, which provided me with a large amount of new information that wasn’t about speech writing, but could be applied to my question, therefore allowing me to further my inquiry.

In-Depth Introductory Blog Post

My In-Depth this year is baking. I chose to do baking this year because I have a passion for food, and I want to sharpen my baking skills as in the past I have mostly focused on other disciplines of cooking. My project will open up new areas of cooking for me and help expand my culinary palate. Baking will also allow me to express myself in the form of food, one of my favourite things in life.

The mentor I hope to acquire is Mrs. Priestly. Mrs. Priestly is the foods teacher at Gleneagle and is very experienced in cooking in general. I will also be taking Foods and Nutrition 11 with Mrs. Priestly over the course of In-Depth, which will make it easier to arrange meetings and have conversations with her.


A specific source of information that I have found useful is This source has been valuable because it has given me good insight into my topic. A lot of my sources have been more focused on being persuasive in general and not specifically on writing a persuasive speech, so I have found a lot of information related to the actual writing phase. This is going to be very beneficial when I start writing my speech, especially since there is not much information on writing persuasive speeches that is relevant to my topic.

ZIP Introductory Blog Post

My inquiry question for ZIP this year is “what techniques make a good persuasive speech?”. I chose this question because I have been interested in public speaking from young age. I mostly enjoy political speeches, which are generally quite persuasive. It might sound crazy, but when I was nine I was home sick one day and instead of playing video games or watching cartoons, I tuned in to President Obamas 2012 inauguration speech. I also enjoy arguing or debating with others, and trying to persuade them that my argument is right.

Currently, I don’t have much knowledge on persuasive speech writing in particular, but I do have experience writing speeches from Talons and previous grades. Having this experience means that I already have the skill to write speeches, but I just need to apply persuasiveness to them. I also have some experience doing persuasive writing, which I can apply to my inquiry question. My research skills will also be greatly beneficial in my quest for an answer to my question.

By the end of ZIP, I hope to improve on my research skills, my speech writing skills, and my public speaking skills. In addition to these, I hope to improve on my synthesis and creativity skills while designing my final project. With ZIP being an independent inquiry, I can also improve on my time management and organization skills.  a lot of my ZIP will have to take place outside of class, allowing me an even bigger opportunity to improve these skills.

During my inquiry, I could approach some of my classmates who are more experienced in debate or public speaking for  help. I could also approach anyone who did a similar field for ZIP last year, as they could already have found answers to many of my questions.

Some other resources that could be useful during my inquiry are YouTube videos, either of tips for persuasive speeches or clips of persuasive speeches. I could also read articles about public speaking written by those more experienced in the field. The vast amount of speeches and articles available online make finding the ones that will help me the most very difficult to find, but with time and effort, I can narrow this information down to an amount that I can apply to my inquiry.

I can demonstrate my learning at the end of my inquiry by writing a speech about a topic that can be argued that is persuasive, and writing one that is not, to highlight the techniques that I have learned and show hoe they improve a persuasive speech. I plan to make both speeches brief, as I want to keep my audience focused and I know from last year that if I talk for too long then my audiences attention will start to waver.

Schedule for January:

January 7-11: Research

January 14-19: Speech writing and editing

January 21-25: practicing speech and preparing for presentation

January 26-27: Do last minuet edits and practicing

January 28-29: Presentations

360 Degree Leader Blog Post

For the first lesson, I chose the principles be willing to do what others won’t and be better tomorrow than you are today. I chose be willing to do what others won’t because I sometimes avoid certain tasks, believing that i’m not capable of completing them, and they are out of my comfort zone. By being willing to do tasks that others won’t I will grow more as a leader and become more reliable. I chose be better tomorrow than you are today because this is essentially my main goal in life. I strive to improve every day, and ironically, I could improve on improving every day. Being willing to what others won’t relates to talons because during our leadership projects, cultural events, and adventure trips, we are often faced with difficult tasks, but for these events to succeed someone has to step up and do what others won’t. being better than you are today related to talons because a huge part of the talons program is trying to improve yourself as a leader and a person.


For the second lesson, I chose the leadership principles let the best idea win and be a friend. I chose let the best idea win because sometimes I place my idea ahead of others simply because it is my idea. This clouds my judgement, and I see only one right idea, even if it isn’t or if there is a better idea. I chose be a friend because I think that I could improve on being more open with others and showing sympathy and empathy for them. Being a friend relates to talons because we are a  close group, and since we are so close, it is important that we are friendly with one another and help each other out. Let the best idea win relates to talons because we have a lot of group projects, and of course a lot of different ideas for those projects. we like to debate and argue our own ideas bu it is best for the group if we let the best idea, rather than our own win so we can grow more and be more successful


For the third and final lesson, I chose the principles model behaviour and see everyone as a 10. I chose model behaviour because I could improve a lot in this area. It is important to model the behaviour you want from others because if you don’t, others likely won’t take you and your ideals very seriously. I chose seeing everyone as a 10 because I don’t always treat others like they are a 10, so I could implement this principle into my leadership style to help boost the attitude and self esteem of those who i’m leading. Model behaviour relates to talons because when we are leading, we need to model good behaviour so that others will follow along, especially during adventure trips, leadership projects, and cultural events. Seeing everyone as a 10 relates to talons because we are all working together to succeed and in order to succeed, we need to have a good attitude. seeing everyone as a 10 plays a big part in making sure everyone has a good attitude and high self esteem. Seeing everyone as a 10 also helps us see and treat each other as equals.

Wizard of Earthsea blog post #1

The statement that I agree with most is that people are their worst enemies. traits such as perfectionism and procrastination lead are self destructive and lead to people either not getting work done or becoming obsessed with making everything perfect. this can in turn lead to us isolating people which further hurts us in the long term. additionally, the decisions that we make can impact us negatively. If someone decides to skip work for a day, then they might be fired, which has profound consequences on their life. Another way that we are our own worst enemies is our greed and selfishness. Everyone, to some extent, expresses these traits, and when they are expressed too strongly, then they can damage our own well being. If we spend too much time caring about ourselves, then we won’t care about others, who in turn won’t care about us, so then when we go to them and ask for help, they will ignore us. The majority of the bad things that happen in our lives are directly or indirectly caused by us personally, which is why I believe the statement that people are their own worst enemies to be true.