ZIP DOL #2

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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?

A concept that I have a good grasp on is news writing style. I didn’t know much about journalism writing before this project, but after doing some research I have learned a lot about how news writing works. I have learned how to write a proper introduction and how to keep the reader engaged and informed. I also have a good grasp on screen writing, specifically how much direction to write. I have learned that a screenwriter wants to write enough so that the actors know what to do, but not too much where the screenwriter is directing the scene and the actors.  A concept that might be useful for other students in their learning is how to write a scientific paper. We just wrote a science report so my knowledge of scientific writing styles can be used in later grades for more important papers.

ZIP DOL #1

January 8, 2019

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?

Looking back at my original schedule I proposed, I know now that I gave myself too much time to research. I expected that research would take roughly the same amount of time as my writing. After Monday and Tuesday’s classes, I am already done researching two of my writing styles. I also spoke with Mr. Morris and he suggested that I write in no more than three different writing styles. This means that I have to research about less topics, but my research has to be more in depth. I have edited my schedule to give myself more time to write, and less time to do research. I hope to complete my research by the 11th. This is a good change for me because it means that I can spend more time on my final artefact that I will be presenting to the class. I can also spend more time creating my self-assessment rubric. When creating my proposal, I expected to spend more time researching my ZIP inquiry, like last year. After spending a few class blocks working on ZIP, I realized that I need to spend less time on research than I did last year. This will result in a more polished final product. I have been very efficient with my class time so far and my inquiry is moving faster than expected.

ZIP Proposal

ZIP Proposal

The question I would like to pursue in my ZIP inquiry project is, how does language influence the style of written compositions? I chose this question because I’m interested in learning more about how language impacts the way people think and feel. By learning how language impacts the style of a text, I can refine my writing skills for English, Socials, and Science. This cross-subject learning motivates me to pursue this line of inquiry. I already know some language skills used in creative writing and thematic essays. My goal is to build off these skills and learn language tools in other writing styles, as well as go deeper into different genres of creative writing. By the end of this assignment, I hope to have expanded on my creative writing skills, scientific writing, and other literary skills. I also would like to learn about script writing and how it differs from other writing styles. Other than Mr. Morris, I can approach Ms. Mulder and other classmates during my research. Ms. Mulder is very knowledgeable when it comes to writing scientific reports, and I know Noah did scriptwriting for his ZIP last year. These are people who can help me with my research. Some resources that might be useful in my research are my own assignments. By looking at my thematic essay, creative writing, historical writing, and science reports, I can figure out how my use of language differentiates those styles of writing. At the end of my inquiry, I will demonstrate my learning by taking one idea and writing a page about that idea in as many different literature styles as I have learned. I will incorporate the language skills I have learned for each literature style in my writing. Below is a tentative schedule for my learning.

Date What I’m Doing
January 7-8 Research
January 9-10 Create self-assessment rubric
January 12-23  Finalize topic for writing,  write about decided topic in different literature styles
January 24-27  Plan my talking points for presentation
January 28 or 29  Presentation
After Presentation  Complete self assessment

 

A Wizard of Earthsea Style Analysis

Ursula Le Guin’s use of literary tools in A Wizard of Earthsea help establish the story by painting a picture of the world in the mind of the reader. The figurative language in A Wizard of Earthsea illustrates many ideas in little words. When Le Guin writes that Duny “grew wild, a thriving weed”, the reader can interpret many things about Duny (2). The metaphor shows that Duny grew fast but was also trouble that no one could contain. This is important information about the main character that would normally take a couple sentences to write. Le Guin also uses expanded moments to build tension. When Duny’s aunt is getting ready to cast a spell on Duny, Le Guin takes the time to describe the environment; she describes how the “aunt bound back her uncombed hair, and knotted the belt of her dress, and again sat cross-legged throwing handfuls of leaves into the firepit,” (5). This description draws the reader in and gives them a better idea of the setting and the actions of the characters. Ursula Le Guin also uses foreshadowing to keep the reader intrigued. Throughout the first chapter, Le Guin and her characters mention the power that Duny holds and his potential. On the first page, Le Guin mentions that the story will describe the origin of “the greatest voyager” (1). This makes the reader see Duny as a more powerful character, even in the moments where he is not showing off his power. The literary tools used in the first chapter of A Wizard of Earthsea describe the characters and environment in an effective and compelling way.

Disagree Statement Blog Post

The statement I disagree with the most is that a person or thing must have a name in order to truly exist because the ability to name something does not influence the existence of that thing. For example, if there was a child born that was given no name the child would still exist. The only problem with not having a name is that people don’t know what to call you. The fact that the child did not have a name doesn’t mean that it never existed. Another example for why a name has no influence on the existence of an object or person is that there are many numbers that have no name, but they theoretically exist. The number naming system only goes so far, and eventually there is a number that we have no name for. The fact that we have no name for the number doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. By looking at theoretical people and numbers, we can see that names have no influence on the existence of a person or object.

360 Degree Leader Blog Post

Lighten your leader’s load

I can do a better job of lightening my leader’s load. I usually only focus on my job (which is the first step) and let my leader handle their own job. I can make my leader’s job easier by “lifting” some of their load which makes things easier for them and makes me seem important to them. I can also do a better job of not just finding a problem but finding a solution. In TALONS, I am usually able to notice problems, but I often let others figure out the solution to the problem I brought up. Instead of thinking my work is done once I recognize a problem, I should try and solve that problem as well.

Be willing to do what others won’t.

I can do a better job of volunteering to do jobs that others don’t want to do. I have done tough jobs before, but only when asked to. In my leadership project, I should volunteer for the jobs that require more work, such as organizing the volunteers. Instead of only acting when asked, I should take opportunities to do things that others don’t want to do. In order to be a 360-degree leader, I need to take the tough jobs, succeed with difficult people, put myself on the line, and do more than expected.

Understand, practice, and complete the leadership loop.

I can do a better job of completing the leadership loop, especially when leading the grade nines. Instead of trying to go directly to step number six (leading), I need to complete the first five steps. This includes taking an interest, getting to know people, respecting people, adding value to people, and affirming people. I tend to do a few of these steps on my own, but I have never kept track of all the steps in sequence. In order to be a better leader, I should follow the leadership loop.

Put completing fellow leaders ahead of competing with them.

I can do a better job of completing leaders rather than competing with them. Sometimes when grades are on the line, it’s difficult not to find yourself competing with classmates. Instead of battling with my committee members or classmates to be the best, I should be helping them get a better grade. By helping others get a better grade, I can prove myself to be a good leader which will help me in leadership.

Place people in their strength zones

I can work on placing people in their strength zones during the bottle drive planning and the adventure trip planning. Instead of telling the grade nines that they should go out of their comfort zones without regard to their strength zones, I should get to know their strength zones and place them accordingly. If someone is very good at paying close attention to details, I can advise them to join forms and finance in the adventure trip planning. This will help people improve their skills and improve the overall quality of the planning process.

Transfer the vision

I can work on transferring the vision to those in my committee, especially during the planning of the bottle drive leadership event. Sometimes it’s difficult to clearly communicate my vision and by the time I’m done talking, not everybody understood what I was trying to say. I can work on using the tips provided in John Maxwell’s book in order to communicate my ideas better. When I can communicate better, my team will understand my vision and more of my ideas will be used.

Practice Interview Theme Statements

Accomplishing goals can be difficult, especially when others around you are further ahead in their goals.

The most rewarding parts of life can require the most work to get there.

Careers are often clouded by misconceptions which can lead to surprises along one’s career journey.

Harrison Bergeron Blog Post

What if the world was completely equal? What if no one had any advantages over anyone else. “Harrison Bergeron” explores this idea in a short-story and film format. “Harrison Bergeron” is a short-story written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 2081 is a film directed by Chandler Tuttle, which follows roughly the same story as “Harrison Bergeron”. Between film and text, the most effective way to tell this story is through text because text emphasizes the readers’ imagination and the only limit is the author’s mind. The first reason why the text is more effective is that the reader can imagine what a perfectly equal world looks like, rather than it being up to the director. The text gives some information on how everyone is equal, such as how dancers have “sash-weights and bags of birdshot, and their faces [are] masked”. Even with those details, the reader is still left to imagine what the equal world would look like, which makes the world more realistic to the reader. However, in the film the visuals are given to the viewer. This leads to the viewer not feeling as connected to the story. By allowing the reader to imagine what the world looks like, they can feel more connected to the story. The second reason why the text is the more effective medium is that the only limit is the author’s imagination. In the story, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. writes that “not only were the laws of the land abandoned, but the law of gravity and the laws of motion as well” when Harrison and the ballerina were dancing (4). The reader imagines this scene in a manner that makes sense to them. Contrary to this, the film version had other limitations, such as the budget. In the film 2081, there was no scene where the laws of gravity and motion were abandoned. This is likely because the makers of the film didn’t have the budget to make that scene look realistic. We can see that by telling a story using text, authors are able to create more extraordinary stories compared to using film. Thus, text is the more effective way to tell the “Harrison Bergeron” and 2081 story because text allows for focus on the readers’ and author’s imagination.

Muhammad Ali Introductory Blog Post

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.” – Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali is known for being the greatest boxer of all time, but he changed the world when it comes to religion, race, and politics. This is a compelling reason for me to choose Muhammad Ali as my eminent person for this year. Ali and I share some similarities and some differences, as shown below.

Muhammad Ali Jayden Singh (Me)
Racial Minority in America Racial Minority in Canada
Born in Louisville, Kentucky (1942) Born in Vancouver, British Columbia (2003)
Interested in Sports Interested in Sports
Gifted Boxer Gifted Learner
Islamic Not Religious
3x World Heavyweight Boxing Champion 3x Kahoot Champion

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Muhammad Ali was a determined, hard-working, resilient individual. These are qualities that I hope to emulate in my life. Ali wasn’t afraid to speak his beliefs, which is a goal that I have for myself in this TALONS year. Although Ali and I share some similarities, we have some differences that I will need to address in my speech on Night of the Notables. For example, we are both racial minorities, but Ali grew up in America in the 1940s. The 40s were a time of racial segregation in America, which was much more difficult to live through compared to Canada in 2018. Ali was also Islamic and had much different religious views from me. I will address these differences by doing extensive research into Muhammad Ali’s upbringing and religious views in order to deliver an accurate portrayal of him on Night of the Notables.

Boxing was changed substantially by Muhammad Ali; Ali was the first fighter to win the heavyweight title three times. Ali was also interesting to watch both in and out of the ring due to his entertaining nature and the way he would interact with the media. The world as a whole was impacted by Muhammad Ali when he refused to serve in muhammad-ali-talkingthe military during the Vietnam War, citing religious reasons. Another explanation Ali gave for his refusal to serve was that he felt it was wrong to go fight in Vietnam while African Americans “[were] treated like dogs and denied simple human rights”. For his statements and refusal to serve in the war, Ali was arrested, suspended from boxing, and stripped of his boxing titles. Muhammad Ali never gave up; he wanted his heavyweight title back but feared losing to George Foreman in the championship match. Ali overcame his suspension by defeating Foreman and becoming the World Heavyweight Champion once again. Ali’s decisions will impact the world for decades to come thanks to other athletes who decide to stand up for their beliefs, like Muhammad Ali did. Unlike other boxers and athletes of the time, Muhammad Ali was not afraid to stand up to those in power, even if it meant losing some of his popularity, his titles, and his freedom. This is why Ali is worth researching and remembering. A piece of wisdom we can take away from studying Muhammad Ali is that by standing up for what you believe in, you can impact the world for generations to come.

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My goal for the next part of my research is to look into what Ali’s upbringing and religious views were like so I can accurately represent him on Night of the Notables. I can’t wait for November 21st!

Danger of a Single Story

Only corroborating a single story can seriously impair our view on the world. One way we might begin to “reject the single stor[ies]” in our lives is to actively seek out other evidence and sources to confirm the story. You shouldn’t believe everything you hear without doing your own research first. Perpetuating a story without regard to its merit can create false stereotypes. Stereotypes are not always untrue, but they can make one story seem like the only story. For example, in Canada, Africa has a stereotype of being occupied with people “fighting senseless wars, dying of poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves” (6:19). This may be true in some parts of Africa, but this stereotype creates an incomplete story. This particular story           can be offensive to some and prevent you from having amazing experiences. By actively seeking out more evidence, we can see that Africa is much more than war, poverty, and AIDS. We need to also be open to hearing multiple stories in order to reject the single story. Being close minded and only following one story can lead to incomplete stories, such as the Africa example given earlier. By gathering more evidence and not only listening to one story or stereotype, we can begin to “reject the single stor[ies]” and discover more about the world around us.