Most Significant Conflict

The conflicts portrayed in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie are those within two communities, those within the reservation and the Native American community and the white community. During the novel, both communities collide and the protagonist, Junior, is involved in both of these communities.

The initial and most vital conflict that Junior runs into and as well as many other Native American characters in the story is if they should stay and remain within the reservation and the culture, or if they have to feel the need to interact and communicate outside the walls of the reservation. For those who want to leave the reservation, for many factors such as education and career, they must also have the skill to balance the negativity portrayed towards their culture and how and the type of cultural assimilation necessary for success, as well as trying to keep hold of their own traditions, rights, and values.

Junior struggles for acceptance from his peers, as he has to deal with discrimination from his white school, Rearden, because of his and disabilities and physical appearance. Junior is bullied constantly about his large skull in proportion to the rest of his body. Junior says he “looked like a capital L walking down the road.” (3) Junior is bullied for his physical appearance and is different from others being considered ‘abnormal’. The insults continue after leaving the reservation, and stick with him once he arrives at Rearden. This is not exactly said in the novel, but Junior has had to deal with this conflict since the very beginning. He was unfortunately born with a larger head and has to deal with the consequences that he doesn’t deserve. Therefore, this conflict is one of the more significant conflicts in Junior’s life as it will continue throughout his whole existence.  

Zip Document of Learning #1

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 previous class focus block, Albert and I began our idea for the project. We started on trying to find movie scripts to read off of, organising a software that we are able to use for the project, and writing down our ideas, specifications, and needs for our movie trailer. It was very important that we had a movie theme that could be mixed in with our budget, time, and our resources. For an example, we wanted to have our movie set on a plane, but that’s definitely not possible! Albert and I both agreed on our movie topic which will be set outdoors making it easier to film.

Albert also had found a very good software called Celtx, A script formatting software that is all set up and ready to go. A huge problem we ran into was finding reliable and readable scripts. Not many mystery movies had their scripts online, so it was a barrier. We ended up working on our ideas first and we hope to have at least 3 scripts by next block. As Albert begins to go more deeply into lessons, written pieces and movies, I’m going to start designing the overall look of our trailer and storyboard. By the end of our next in-class focus time, Albert hopes to have found a few scripts to start reading and I hope to have the ground level of the storyboard and trailer complete.

REAL Success – Reflection

During last week, we spent our lunch breaks watching the videos on How to be a REAL Success by John Maxwell. It was a very interesting show and I learnt quite a bit. REAL is an acronym for RELATIONSHIPS, EQUIPPING, ATTITUDE, and LEADERSHIP. And after watching it, I realized that I was underdeveloped in the equipping area, which totally contradicts my participation in TALONS!  Equipping is another word for “prepare” or “get ready”,  and is defined as preparing mentally for a particular situation or task. After watching that particular episode, I realized that I don’t equip friends, family, or even strangers enough. I once took part in a leadership summer course down at Douglas, and I ended up being the oldest by four years! Instead of learning, the instructor asked if I would like to help mentor with her. After agreeing, I assisted with the class and shared my own experiences and knowledge educating the children. Looking back at that occurrence, I recognize that I was equipping them! I remember how good it felt to help young kids evolve into leaders, to watch them exceed because of the help I gave them was very touching. I realize now what equipping means and in the near future, especially with leadership events, the orientation, and the info night that are slowly approaching, I look forward to applying the information I have gathered and use it effectively to the next generation of TALONS.


“One is too small a number to achieve greatness” – John Maxwell


Proposal for Zip (Partnered with Albert)


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?

I would like to learn how to properly write a script. I’m a huge movie critique and I watch movies every week. I’d like to now go back, and go behind the scenes in the very early stages, learning the scripting and planning stages of a movie. This excites me so much because I get to learn how all my favourite movies were planned and how they became successful.


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 have a couple of movie scripts at home (Boyhood, Theory of Everything, etc.), so I know the format and how they work. Reading them expands my knowledge, and will help exceedingly with this project. I also know quite a bit about movie making. I have made a couple of trailers in my past, and I am currently in a Digital Media class. We are learning about a software called Adobe Premiere cs5, which I can get access to and use it towards this project.

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

I’d really like to learn how to make a successful script that is exciting and keeps interest throughout the movie. I’d also like to learn some formatting skills as a script is very different than normal writing and stories. Finally, I want to learn how to incorporate actions, as well as speech in one story. I need to be able to describe an argument as well as show that emotions, actions, and expressions.

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

I am hoping to get some support from Mark Breakspear (My father). He works within the movie industries and has a plethora amount of experience in script writing. I am planning to have an interview with someone who excels in script writing, and we are hoping Mark can help us and direct us to who we need.

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

I was planning also to get movie scripts off the internet so that Albert and I could study and examine them. As said before, I own a couple of scripts so It is a possible option to just read some of my own. Another possibility is to watch some horror/mystery movies so I could get ideas on what film we are 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 am 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 to make a valid and an exceeding trailer to grab the audience’s attention.

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 Reflection

Well then! Eminent is already over! I swear, coming into this, I did not expect to have so much fun. My fellow classmates did an amazing job with their learning centres and I’m proud of all of them. Once I arrived home, I logged onto the Facebook Group Chat and it was blowing up! It was full of people congratulating everyone and saying what a night we all had. I got ready for bed, doing my nightly routine and closed my door. I turned off my lights and stared into blank space, already saying to myself, “354 days until next years!”


Overall, I believe I met my goals. If anything, I exceeded them! My Learning Centre looked AMAZING and I’m actually really proud of it as it completely looked like Winston Churchill’s desk. A few weeks ago, I said to myself ” I want my learning centre to be completed on time, to have a plethora of information displayed as objects, and have a successful interactive component. I   actually finished my project on the weekend prior to the night. It wasn’t very complicated, as I just needed to design and find many objects to resemble a desk in 1945. However, I did start my interactive component in the free block we had on the day! Thankfully, I just needed to cover a shoebox with paper and write some instructions. My next goal was quite successful. I used so many objects that not only looked aesthetically pleasing but displaces sounds and visuals to extend the amount of information portrayed(more in my document of learning). Lastly, my Interactive component. Well, this actually REALLY upset me. I asked people to write an inspirational message for a time capsule. No one, and I mean NO-ONE AT ALL, wrote anything serious. They thought it was a joke. It’s upsetting because you spend so long trying to make an amazing project, and when you show it to the public, they don’t take it seriously. I feel like I gave the Ilumini to much freedom giving them a pen!


Thanks so much to:

Mr. Morris,

-For Inspiring us and assisting us throughout the whole project.

Mr. Salisbury and Ms. Mulder,

-For giving me tips and supporting my ideas.

My mother and father,

-For giving me confidence in myself every day.

The grade 9’s

-For being by my side, giving me inspiration.

The grade 10’s

-For presenting their speeches and giving me their knowledge on eminent.

And to Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

-For Never giving up in the most difficult times.

I loved Eminent, I expected it to be torture, but thankfully I was wrong. Although the 7 weeks were very hard and stressful, the final outcome was fantastic. I am excited for next years, and I’m already counting down the days!


Here are the top 5 links I used for my study of my Eminent Person, Winston Churchill.

“Winston Churchill.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Nov. 2017,

The Wikipedia page has almost everything I need, as it is the home to all the information. It includes small and minor details that I may not have found anywhere else.

“Winston Churchill.”, A&E Networks Television, 20 Nov. 2017,

This website was a bit different from the rest, having more of Winston’s point of view. With the Biography style, I received more opinions, thoughts, and feelings that were not found in the other pages.

Nicholas, Herbert G. “Sir Winston Churchill.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 15 Nov. 2017,

This Britannica page on Winston was quite impressive, having such a detailed and interesting description of Winston’s full life story. It has all the information from a young lad, to his dying day.

The International Churchill Society -.” The International Churchill Society,

This website is the official organization for Winston Churchill and has plenty of infographics that are useful and give a distinct aesthetic towards the page.

“International Churchill Society Canada.” International Churchill Society Canada, 2006,

This website does lack the amount of information but has very detailed descriptions of Winston that I struggled to find on other websites. It is very concise and is easy to understand for all readers.

Document of Learning: Making My Learning Centre

I decided to pick my learning centre as my document of learning. Making my Learning centre was not very difficult, but actually designing, and the initial planning stage was very tedious and complicated. My final product was quite different from everyone else’s, as I had no words or pictures AT ALL. I wanted to take a risk and attempt to have more of a “scene” than a learning centre, and by that, I had to eliminate all words but rather talk about my eminent person when they visited my learning centre. So without further ado, Here is how I made Winston Churchill’s study.

I’m going to break my Learning centre into sections so I can go into a bit more depth.


Overall look of my Learning Centre


This is what it looked like at the final stage. As you can probably tell, mine indeed looks much different than others. My Learning Centre was supposed to represent Winston Churchills study area and more specifically, his desk. I picked his desk because that’s where all the most important and vital aspects of Churchill’s life happened. All the speeches were written, all the paintings and signatures all took place on his desk.


Typewriter, Documents and Pen


I used a Typewriter as one of my objects as Winston probably used it every day to write up speeches, contracts and other important documents used throughout WWII and his time in parliament.




This radio is a bit more mordern than 1945, but it does represent something on a larger scale. It represents Churchills speeches as all of his speakings were broadcasted across the nation. during the night, I had one of his most famous speeches playing, “We Will Fight On The Beaches” to give a very old feeling vibe.


Portrait of his Wife


I Included a photo of his wife because unlike other Prime Ministers, Winston and his wife Clementine, Were inseparable. They were so close and spent a lot of time together. Clementine was very supportive and attended all speeches that Winston conducted.


Interactive Element

For my interactive component, I wanted people to write a small message to inspire someone in the future. I would then take all those messages and put them in a box and bury it. after 4 years and when I’m in grade 12, I will dig up the box and present it to the grade 9s during their eminent project. This represents Winston’s inspirational speeches and his outstanding hope. He still inspires people today and I believe he gives people hope forever.


Are Authors allowed to use racist language in their writing?


This question totally depends on the intention of the author. If the author is using the racism text in a formal, non biased way, and is intending to teach the audience, then I believe it is valid. However, if the author starts to bring their own opinions and thoughts on racism, then it should not be allowed. Authors should only try to use racist language if they are attempting to impact the reader. For an example, If the author is writing a book on Nelson Mandela, and how he rose to power, then the author is educating the reader. They Seek for the audience to learn something about an a real event, Explaining how Mandela struggled against racist remarks he received and how he was African American. But, if the author is acting derogatory towards the matter, aiming to input their own opinions, then this is something called being bias. Where one individual feels the need to cause or show inclination or prejudice for or against someone or something.


In the end, racist language should only be used if the language is a true statement or an example of Historical Significance.


Example of racism in educational format:

“He told me today that After being arrested, African-Americans are 33% more likely than whites to be detained while facing a felony trial in New York.”


Example of racism in a derogatory format:

“That man over there seemed very strange. The colour of his skin made him look very sketchy”



Winston Churchill Story Arc

Exposition: Winston Churchill is introduced from a pens point of view

Turning point: Being invited to Prime minister, not elected

Rising action 1: Talks about the travel to Africa

Rising action 2: Mentions quote “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” from his famous speech

Rising action 3: introduces the end of the war

Climax: in the middle of signing the contract to end the war

Falling action: its the end of the war, and post war had just begun

End: “the pen is mightier than the sword” (describes how the pen had signed many contracts and written many speeches)


Winston Churchill

Born into an aristocratic family during 1874, Winston Churchill served in World War 1 and worked as a writer before moving into politics. Once the prime minister in 1940, Churchill led a successful strategy along with the U.S. and the Soviet Union in WWII to defeat the axis and create a post-war peace.

As a young boy, Churchill grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his father was employed by his grandfather. When Winston was old enough, he began formal school, but soon demonstrated a rebellious and independent student. Churchill moved between schools for misbehaving; but in 1888, he narrowly passed an exam for an elite boarding school down in London. Not long after enrollment, Winston participated in a rifle corp that set him on a path to a military career. In 1991, Winston attempted to enlist for the British Royal Military College. However, he had been unsuccessful with the first and second exam. Nonetheless, Winston barely passed the exam for his third attempt; once in the college, he started to thrive and triumph graduate 20th out of 130 participants.

After the outbreak of the Second Boer War, Winston Churchill sailed to South Africa as a journalist for the Daily Mail and Morning Post in 1899. From Cape Town, he traveled to Durban and rode up to Ladysmith, a conflict zone. Not short after arrival, the convoy was beleaguered by Boer troops. Winston was taken as a prisoner of war and was appointed to a POW camp in Pretoria. After two months passed, Winston and two other inmates had escaped and stowed himself aboard a freight train and traveled towards safety in Portuguese, East Africa. His escape had formed a lot of publicity, so instead of returning to London, Winton was invited to the South African Horse Regiment and pushed the Boer troops back to Pretoria where 52 prisoner guards had surrendered. After the victory, he returned to Cape Town and sailed back to Britain. After publishing his journals for Daily Mail and Morning Post, he followed his father’s footsteps and became a member of Parliament in the Conservative Party for Oldham in 1900. In 1904, he was unconvinced that the party was submitted to social justice and joined the Liberals. After 11 years of politics, Churchill resigned from the government in 1915, and returned to the British Army full-time, taking part of World War I as a Major.

The current prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, did not see Adolf Hitler’s rise to power a huge threat in 1933. At the time Winston was an advocate for the British Rearmament and started to become a real staunch critic towards Chamberlain’s policy of concession regarding the Nazis. November 3rd, 1939, the day that Britain declared war on Germany, Winston Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty and a part of the War Cabinet. Five months later in April, he converted into the chairman of the Military Coordinating Committee. Near the end of the month, Germany had attacked and occupied Norway, which setback Chamberlain, after refusing Churchill’s request to occupy Norway earlier to preempt Germany’s aggression. In May, the Parliament had a heated debate about the Norwegian crisis and came to the decision that Neville Chamberlain had to resign. A couple of days after the liberation, King George VI designated Winston Churchill as the new Prime Minister of Britain. Within hours, Germany had moved their forces forward and invaded France. Britain stood alone against the assault.

Winston Churchill had made one of his iconic speeches on June 8th, 1940, warning the House of Commons that the “Battle of Britain” would begin shortly. He kept resistance against the Nazis supremacy and had made allies with the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Churchill had already made contact with the president of The United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt 10 years ago in 1930, and a year later, he was able to secure a trade route for aid and war goods from the Lend-Lease Act. When the U.S. entered the war in December 1941, Churchill seemed self-assured that they would eventually win the war. He met with the two leaders (Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin) to discuss strategies against the Axis and the Post-War world several times in 1943 and 1945. By the end of World War II and the start of the Post-War, Winston Churchill had taken a huge role in leading the Allies to victory in desperate times.

I became interested in Sir Winston Churchill after researching “Eminent people in World War 2.” I wanted to look into someone during the war as its something new to me, and once I found Churchill, I knew he was an excellent choice for this project. At the moment, I can see myself following a similar path as Winston. He was an outstanding leader, and I am on my way to becoming one. I have taken part in leadership courses, and I am right now in a vast leadership program. Churchill was British and lived near all of my family down in England. I feel connected to him, and after researching, I found out that we are very alike.

Similarities between Churchill and I:


Noah Breakspear Winston Churchill
Male Male
Caucasian Caucasian
British Background British background
One sibling (sister) One sibling (brother)
Privileged childhood Privileged childhood
Stayed in school Moved between schools due to misbehaving
Academic path Military path
student Politician  
Anglican (Christian) Not religious


The only struggle and challenge I am currently facing is probably finding someone to interview. I have already attempted to email Churchill’s grandson, Nicholas Soames but his secretary replied saying that he was too busy to take part in an interview. Other than that, I think that I could exceed during the Night of the Notables. I enjoy learning about Winston Churchill, and I am excited to go more into depth in the next five weeks.s

see you at the end, Winston!