Part Time Indian Blog Post #2 – Significant Conflict

Junior’s most significant conflict in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is between him and his society, as he is faced with discrimination from his community because of his physical appearance and disabilities. Junior is constantly made fun of because of his large skull and because his feet are large when compared to his body. Junior says he “looked like a capital L walking down the road” (3). Junior is bullied because his physical appearance is different from others and is therefore considered abnormal. Junior says that bullies would “put their finger down on my skull”. Others in the reservation would use the physical differences between them and Junior as an excuse to treat Junior badly. Junior is constantly made fun of because of his large skull and large feet that are big when compared to the rest of his body. This is an external conflict Junior faces, as his society is targeting Junior and his appearance. This is the most significant external conflict that Junior has to deal with because Junior has dealt with this external conflict from day 1. He was born like this and has had to grow up like this. Even in the future, his physical appearance may not change, which will result in this being an external conflict that will stick with him throughout his lifetime. Therefore, this conflict is one of the more significant external conflicts in Junior’s life as this external conflict will stay ongoing.

Zip – Doc of Learning #1

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

The above question will be my focus for my first document of learning. In zip, my original question was, what are the components of a realistic character? After a bit of research, I realized two things. I had not clarified whether I meant the parts of a realistic character or components of a realistic character within a story. Also, I noticed that when making a character, the different components within a character are very complex in themselves. Therefore the crushing awakening I had reached was that my question was a bit too broad. In the end I decided that I would keep my original question, but instead of going in depth into different components, I decided that I would briefly cover each part.
The two parts of my zip will be:
1. What components make a character realistic when creating a character?
2. What makes a character realistic within a story?

Essentially what I’m trying to cover is the process of making a character, and then inserting your character into your story. For my final presentation, I will focus more on the actual creation of the character and spend less time on making the character realistic within the story.

REAL Success – Reflection

During the time we spent watching the videos on How to be a REAL Success, I realized that I am underdeveloped in several areas. One of the areas that the videos focused on was leadership. In that area, one of the things that were mentioned was the law of the lid. It was explained to us that the law of the lid meant that the level of leadership a person demonstrates decides the level of the work their group is doing. The leader sets the lid, or the limit according to his or her level of leadership. This lesson that I learned opened my eyes to the fact that when working in a group, you have to be aware of others and think, if the product is not to my satisfaction, what am I doing wrong? Understanding that the underperformance of your group is not always the work of your teammates, but perhaps your own level of leadership is not adequate, is a valuable piece of advice I will remember. After grasping this concept, I noticed that I had to take this and apply this to myself whenever I am working in a group. I should be more understanding and look at myself and ask, how can I improve what I am doing? In the future, especially with leadership events and semester 2 that’s approaching, I look forward to applying what information I have gathered to myself.

Part Time Indian Blog Post #2

Junior’s most significant conflict in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is between him and his society, as he is faced with discrimination from his community because of his physical appearance and disabilities. Junior is constantly made fun of because of his large skull and because his feet are large when compared to his body. Junior says he “looked like a capital L walking down the road.” (3). Junior is bullied because his physical appearance is different from others and is therefore considered ‘abnormal’. Junior says that bullies would “put their finger down on my skull”. Others in the reservation would use the physical differences between them and Junior as an excuse to treat Junior badly. Junior is constantly made fun of because of his large skull and large feet that are big when compared to the rest of his body. This is an external conflict Junior faces, as his society is targeting Junior and his appearance. This is the most significant external conflict that Junior has to deal with because Junior has dealt with this external conflict from day 1. He was born like this and has had to grow up like this. Even in the future, his physical appearance may not change, which will result in this being an external conflict that will stick with him throughout his lifetime. Therefore, this conflict is one of the more significant external conflicts in Junior’s life as this external conflict will stay ongoing.

ZIIIIIIP! Proposal and Schedule 0—-0

ZIP ZIP ZIP ZAP ZIP ZIP ZAP!!! Whipeee!!! For my ZIP project, I decided to pursue the answer to the question: what makes a realistic character? I decided to learn the parts of a realistic character and the skills in designing a realistic character. I am writing a story, and even though I’m am still in the designing stages, this project will help me develop better characters for my personal project. I already have some OC’s (original characters) designed, but I really think that my character design is much too vague and unrealistic, so I really want to use this project to further develop my own OC’s.

All I know about designing a good character are the vague basics. You need an ethnicity, backstory, likes, dislikes, some history and yadda yadda. Basically designing a character is bringing a person in your imagination onto paper. That’s my perspective on making a character, but I’m sure there’s a more structured way to do it. When I design my characters I usually start with their appearance then move on to personality, make a family background suitable for their character and move on to likes and dislikes.

By the end of ZIIIP, I want to learn the components of a realistic character and find my own style and process of designing characters. To learn these skills I might want to confront some writers and look at online resources. I may also talk to my peers that read often and I have a friend who is in the process of writing a story, so I might go to them for advice and feedback. The resource I will probably end up gravitating to will be the internet. There are a lot of instructions and tips for aspiring writers online, so I’m sure I will be able to find lots of resources online.

For my presentation at the end of ZIP, I’m not sure whether I will write a story, write and draw a graphic novel or simply make a lot of different character designs. I would like to give the class a crash course on how to design a realistic character. Before that, I think I will describe two different characters and ask which seems more like a real person and why. Then I will slip into my small lesson and present some of my own designs. Or a story. Or a graphic novel. We’ll see.

 

My schedule that I may end up deviating from is:

 

Monday, Dec 4 – Start research! Take notes!

Tuesday, Dec 5 – Continue research.

Wednesday, Dec 6 – Continue research.

Thursday, Dec 7 – Continue research.

Friday, Dec 8 – Finalize research.

Saturday, Dec 9 – Start designing character profiles! Doc of Learning!

Sunday, Dec 10 – Design character profiles.

Monday, Dec 11 – Design character profiles.

Tuesday, Dec 12 – Design character profiles.

Wednesday, Dec 13 – Design character profiles.

Thursday, Dec 14 – Design character profiles.

Friday, Dec 15 – Wrap up designs.

Saturday, Dec 16 – Start drawing physical appearance! Doc of Learning!

Sunday, Dec 17 – Continue and finish the sketch of OC’s.

Monday, Dec 18 – Start designing a lesson plan for final presentation! Write out the reflection assessment based on BC curriculum.

Tuesday, Dec 19 – Continue designing a lesson.

Wednesday, Dec 20 – Continue designing a lesson.

Thursday, Dec 21 – Continue designing lesson.

Friday, Dec 22 – Review everything and make sure it is all ready to go!

 

I am going to design multiple characters and may not follow this exact schedule. However, this will be the general format I will try to follow. :) I am super hyped!

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Blog #2 – Significant External Conflict

Junior’s most significant external conflict is between him and his society. Junior is faced with discrimination from his community because of his physical disabilities. We read the part where Junior is picked on by the Andruss brothers, and Junior knows why. He says that they “were making fun of my brain disorder.” (21). Junior is also bullied because of his physical appearance and because he ‘had a stutter and a lisp.” (4). This is an external conflict since the outside force, his society, is targeting Junior and his appearance. In my opinion, this is the most significant external conflict that Junior has, because Junior has dealt with this external conflict from day 1. He was born like this, and has had to grow up like this. Even in the future, his stutters and physical appearance may not change, which will result in this being an external conflict that will stick with him throughout his lifetime. Therefore I believe this is one of the more significant external conflicts in Junior’s life since this external conflict will have the most long lasting effects.

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

2. Pretending to be someone you’re not makes you a weak person.

Pretending to be someone you’re not does not make you a weak person. On the contrary, it makes you a strong person. Keeping up a facade takes patience and control. You are emotionally and mentally exhausted from censoring your true self and you have to make sure everyone believes your mask. This takes emotional and mental strength and stamina. I’m not saying that you should be ashamed of yourself as a person, and that should be the reason why you’re pretending to be someone you’re not, but in different circumstances you’re going to have to pretend to be someone different. If you want to pretend to be happy to support a friend or have to play a role in order to defend a loved one, then go for it. Depending on the situation, pretending to be someone you’re not is not good, but it does not mean that you are weak.

Document of Learning – Interviews

 

Eminent gave me a lot of opportunities to try things that I had never tried before, and one of the things that I was exposed to was asking for and performing interviews. I sent out 8 emails asking for interviews and got 7 replies, so it was more or less a success. A difficulty I had to face was that I had never sent a request for an interview before, so what if I offended the person? What if the information I included wasn’t the right information? What if I sent the emails to the wrong email address? Basically, my biggest obstacle was fear. I was very nervous and scared that I would end up doing something wrong. Eventually, I got my fellow TALONS to edit and I sent my emails with a ‘there’s no going back’ mindset. Of course, right after I sent the emails I panicked again. :)

 

Dear Dr. ——–.

My name is Grace Kim and I am a gifted grade 9 student in Canada. I heard about your work in gifted education and educational psychology and wanted to ask if I could interview you on the effects of gifted education.

I am doing a project on Leta Stetter Hollingworth and her eminence. As Leta S. Hollingworth is known as the mother of gifted education, I wanted to see how the creation of gifted education has affected teachers, parents, students, as well as society. Since you work in the area of educational psychology and also work internationally, I wanted to ask you about the positive and negative effects that come from gifted education, especially in different countries.

I understand that you are a very busy person and that you may not be able to make time for an interview. Please email me back when you have the time. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact my teacher ————— or you may contact me. Thank you very much!

Sincerely,
Grace Kim.

 

This was one of the first emails I sent out. After I sent out these emails, I panicked. Again. I was worried for the same reasons, and I wasn’t sure if I would receive a response or not. Well, I was lucky and blessed and I got a reply!

 

Hi Grace:

Thank you for contacting me. It would be my pleasure to be interviewed by you! Anyone who is doing work based on the life and accomplishments of Leta Hollingworth is a friend of mine!

Our national gifted conference is this week, so the only day I would have to speak with you this week is tomorrow. From your email address, I assume you are in British Columbia (my favourite Province…) and, since I am based on the East Coast, we have a three-hour time difference to consider. So, let me know if tomorrow works. Earlier in the day is better than later in the day. If tomorrow isn’t good, I’m afraid we’d have to look at 20 November, as I am travelling/consulting from 13-18 November.

Thank you for considering me for an interview, Grace. I’m happy to help.

Dr. ——–.

 

This was one of the replies I had received so I was very pleased. I was glad that I had managed to get a reply in the first place. I remember being incredibly excited for a few moments before I realized that now I had to perform the actual interview… Luckily, most of the people I contacted preferred email interviews. So there was no need to struggle with trying to record a phone interview or a face to face talk.

What I learned from this eventful experience was that most people will reply to your emails and are not jerks. I expected no replies and thought no one would take my email seriously. But when I thought about it logically, there would be at least 1 reply. Probably. But then, I got several replies and I was hit with an epiphany that not all people are jerks and that I should have a little more faith in humanity. I gained more courage from this task and learned how to look for any lead possible.

Night of the Notables – Eminent Night!

Eminent has passed. I finally got some sleep! >———-<

In my Learning Centre, I had a board where people would write their opinions on gifted education, a trifold with information on my person, a book on educational psychology and a box full of brochures.

My trifold was the informative part of my centre. I made the font too small, so that’s definitely something I’ll fix next year if I even need a trifold next year. I wasn’t too worried about this portion because I was pretty sure no one would take the time to read it. No one read my trifold, but it was expected.

The book on educational psychology was just there to fill up space. I wanted people who were actually interested in learning something scientific to take a look, but I was pretty sure no one would actually read it. I was right. Well, the book on education psychology still made me feel better. (I would add the laughing emoji but I don’t know how to do that on my laptop.)

This is one of my interactive portions! I had a lot of fun with this because I wanted to hear how people had been affected by gifted learning. I got a lot of my classmates to write one, and some of the replies were downright funny. A lot of (really really nice) alumni came by, and what they wrote was definitely relatable!

 

My favourite part of my learning centre was my brochures. I spent a long long time tying a ribbon around my brochures. I really like the fact that I made something that people could take home whether it be as a memento or just an informational brochure, people didn’t stay at my station for long. I asked 2 questions to the TALONS students.

  1. What is your definition of being ‘gifted’?
  2. How would you describe gifted learning?

I then quoted some peers (after asking of course!) and put them on the brochure. I also quoted a professor I interviewed, once again after I had been permitted to do so. I wanted to show that being gifted isn’t as sparkly and easy as it seems. Many people think that being gifted means everything comes to you easily and that you are born with this privilege. It’s not.Being gifted is a skill that we’ve had to develop.

I would say that I met my goals for Eminent, as my goal was too broaden my horizons and gain new learning experiences. I’ve gained more courage and I’m not as paranoid about being perfect as I was before. I still strive to do the best I can, but not to the point where I’m paralyzed and can’t start anything because I’m worried that I’ll mess it up. I’m happier and less worried. I have finally gained some of the ‘you only live once’ mindset. I feel more confident about taking risks and I feel better knowing that I have an entire class of people who support me. Next year, I definitely have a better idea of how Eminent goes and I am sure I’ll do much better next year.

Something about Eminent that I’ll remember is definitely the interview portion. Basically what I’m probably going to remember is panicking. Panicking and procrastinating. I was stuck in my ‘dark playground’ for quite a while and I had grown immune to my ‘panic monster’ quite a while ago… (Reference to the Ted Talk on procrastination. It’s great. Watch it.) Still, I will also remember the great grade 10 speeches. I loved Yuwen’s outfit. And her speech. It was amazing, inspiring and I thought, ‘next year I’m going to do an amazing job and dress up and feel fabulous’.

I want to thank my mom for supporting me. She didn’t get too mad when I stayed up until 4 am the day of Night of the Notables (I was trying to finish tying ribbons around my brochures). My classmates for supporting me. On the facebook group chat everyone would be sending messages of encouragement and everyone helped each other out. It was heartwarming to see all my peers support each other. It was like a clock. Pieces falling into place and pushing each other while simultaneously doing their own job. Especially during the speeches, everyone would give shouts of encouragement before and after anyone would present their speech. The grade 10’s gave a lot of advice, and my learning centre would have been very different (in a bad way) if the grade 10’s hadn’t been there. The teachers deserve a lot of recognition; without them, there wouldn’t have been an event. Ms. Mulder helped organize, and she overlooked everything, even though she’s very busy. Mr. Morris gave us lots of encouragement and made a guideline for us. It was a huge help and it was great that he checked in with us from time to time.

Eminent is something I will never forget. Throughout the process, there’s been so many epiphanies and realizations that I’ve gone through. It was a colourful and bright time. I feel like the grey screen has been pulled away and I am so thankful that Eminent has been able to show me the bright bursts of colour that even the smallest things have to offer. :)

If there are any new generation TALONS reading this, I will say that you are in for a wild ride. But it’s definitely worth it. Just have fun with it! :)

Bi-BLOG-raphy (Eminent 2017) o________o

Eminent is over! ^—-^ My eminent person this year, Leta Stetter Hollingworth has done so many things that have affected people living in the world today. Leta Stetter Hollingworth’s work has affected students, parents, teachers and researchers. You may not know why or how Leta Stetter Hollingworth has made a change in the world. True, Leta Stetter Hollingworth is not well known, but I hope that these links give you a better understanding of who she is and what she has done.

 

http://www.intelltheory.com/lhollingworth.shtml

This website gives you a clear explanation of Leta Stetter Hollingworth’s accomplishments and basic background. The website focuses on her involvement in gifted children. Overall, this website is short and sweet and groups information together so it is an easy read.

 

https://faculty.frostburg.edu/mbradley/psyography/letastetterhollingworth.html

This website was probably the resource that gave me the most insight into who Leta Stetter Hollingworth really was. This website gives you a detailed summary of her childhood, adulthood and educational background. There is also a portion dedicated to her professional accomplishments and it tells us how she accomplished what she did.

 

http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1062&context=jwel

Filled with facts, this short yet straight to the point article will give you a quick overview of Leta Stetter Hollingworth’s life and accomplishments. This article has a paragraph for different times of her life, starting from her childhood, all the way until her death.

 

http://faculty.webster.edu/woolflm/hollingworth.html

This website gives you a detailed description of Leta Stetter Hollingworth’s childhood and her career life. This website had specific details that were not found on other websites. Where other websites gave a broader and general overview, this website gave specific details about Leta Stetter Hollingworth’s journey throughout life.

 

https://www.feministvoices.com/leta-hollingworth/

This website also gave specific information about Leta Stetter Hollingworth. Starting with a brief description of her childhood, this website dives into her life during her time at Columbia College. This website has a lot of information on her scientific accomplishments, and while other websites give you a vague description, this website gives details on what exactly she did during her research.

 

There are lots of other resources out on the internet! Many professors and schools have some connection to Leta Stetter Hollingworth, and you can find several awards named after her. There are also several bibliographies written about her which has an immense amount of history in them. One of the bibliographies have even been written by her husband, so if you want a deeper look into Leta Stetter Hollingworth’s life, I definitely recommend looking for published bibliographies. I hope you take the time to learn a little more about someone who who deserves some spotlight for the immense accomplishments she has completed.