ZIP Document of Learning #1:

For our first work block I mainly worked on creating my rubric. The competencies I’ve chosen are:

  1. Assess and refine texts to improve their clarity, effectiveness, and impact according to purpose, audience and message
  2. Transform ideas and information to create original texts
  3. Respond to text in personal, creative, and critical ways


Assess and refine texts to improve their clarity, effectiveness, and impact according to purpose, audience and message:

Since my final product is going to be a chapbook, I will be using this competency to assess the organization of the collection of poems. I’ve stated in my proposal that I’d like to organize my chapbook pages so that the mood and meaning of my poems are as accurately portrayed. I will work on assessing and refining my poems into appropriate locations, as well as the text themselves.

Transform ideas and information to create original texts:

I will incorporate this competency into my project by transforming my thoughts, ideas, emotions, and real-life events into poetry, creating original texts that are true to myself.

Realize how literary elements, techniques, and devices enhance and shape meaning

Since I am writing poetry, I will likely be using a lot of literary devices. Some research may need to go into this so that I can use the literary devices appropriately in order to enhance the quality and effectiveness of my poems.


My goal for our next work-block is to begin my research on self-publishing poems and more on chapbooks.

I am now off to write some more poems! :)


Annotated Bibliography

Wikipedia proved to be quite the quintessential source of information because I found everything I needed on it. However, all the facts were kept at a surface level, and I didn’t find anything that delved deeper.

Here, I found all of Ramanujan’s published papers as well as a translation of each equation he developed. This helped me with my learning center and embodying my eminent person because I could talk and elaborate more on his discoveries.

This website provided me with several quotes and said by Ramanujan. It gave me an understanding of his thinking and helped me during Night of the Notables as well.

I learned about Ramanujan beliefs about god and how It influenced his thinking all from this link. I used this link to help with most of my speech.

This link contains a photocopy of a paper written by Ramanujan, and I used it form my Learning Centre.

One of Ramanujan’s notebook was photocopied and can be found at this link. I used this for my Learning Centre as well.

Most of my information probably came from this website because it fully annotated the Ramanujan biopic The man who knew infinity. I used this for all aspects of my Eminent person project.


Eminent Take 2 – The End

Well here goes nothing.

I am in pure shock when I think that I don’t have to do eminent next year.  It is strange to think next year i’ll be watching eminent.  Anyways getting back to this year and everything I did, I honestly don’t know what or how to feel now that eminent is over.  I had so much fun during this project but I also am looking forward to some relaxation.

To start of my last post of eminent for the second year in a row, I will talk about my learning center.  I wish I had though of an idea ahead of when I did because I could’ve been way more extravaggant with my learning center.  As I mentioned last year, I love creating learning centers because I can express my creativity and go over the top with them.  This year instead of going over the top I focused on very small details.  I was being really meticulous with my learning center.  I picked a time period that it would be in and I tried to get everything I needed for it.  For example: I only showed people the work Lise Meitner published up to that date, I got a present that she gave to her friend after the date I set my seen in, and I also had suitcases to show this was around the time she left Germany.  Instead of blowing people away with my creativity, I decided to gain their attention with my precision.  Above all I really liked my learning center.

Another main component to Night of the Notables is the grade 10 speeches.  After last year I remember myself wondering how I was going to do this in a year and here I am already done it.  I wasn’t that nervous before I got up on the stage.  I maybe had a split second of doubt before I started talking.  Once I began my speech I was amazed how easily I fell into a trance like state.  I rehearsed my speech so much it was second nature to me.  Once I finished my speech though, my nerves decided to hat me and all come flying towards me as I left the stage.  I don’t know why but all the worry I had about my speech just hit me after I finished my speech.  I glad it hit me after instead of before.

Now to end off another year of eminent, I can say that I am very proud of myself and what I have accomplished.  I am so glad that I got the chance to do eminent and I cannot wait until next year to be in the audience instead of on the stage.  I will cherish every memory I made during this process.  I looked over the memories fondly and I will never forget the amazing time I had during both years of Eminent.

So I guess this is it.  I will never have to do eminent again.  Here goes nothing. This concludes Eminent take 2, the end.

Eminent Take 2 – Annotated Bibliography

Byers, Nina, and Gary Williams. Out of the Shadows: Contributions of Twentieth-Century Women to Physics. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

This book is where I first discovered Lise Meitner and her life story.  This book was super helpful because it first had a short summary to quickly read through before you had to decide if you wanted to keep reading.  It also had a bunch of other interesting female scientist to learn about.

This website was really helpful to catch my interest because it had a nice summary to capture my interest.  It was great starter because from this website I knew that I wanted to choose Lise Meitner as my eminent person.

McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch. Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries. Joseph Henry Press, 2006.

Yes it is another book.  I found this book tremendously helpful because it went more deeper into her life story.  It explained with quite a lot of detail about her work: what she did and why she wasn’t recognized for it.

This is a link to the online version of a book.  I couldn’t find the book in the library so I read of the online version.  This book was my main source of information because it contained everything Lise Meitner went through, all the way from her childhood to the last bit of her years.  This book was so helpful in so many ways.  It was also a very interesting read.

Eminent take 2 – Document of Learning

In this document of learning I am going to talk about my story of Eminent.  So basically everything that happened but a summarized version.

So I have been thinking about who my eminent person was going to be right after I did eminent last year.  To summarize the next 10 months after my grade 9 eminent year, I had no clue.  Then the time for eminent came around again so my brain told myself, “come on Megan this is your last year do someone you are really interested in”.  My answer to my predicament, Google.  I literally googled influential women in mathematics.  That’s what lead me done the road to discovering my eminent person.  Now I chose a eminent person later then everyone else and the only thing I regret about that is that it gave me less of a chance to get an interview.  Other then that I was glad I chose later because if I didn’t I might have never done Lise Meitner.   Anyways my researching began and to start me of; I visited the Vancouver Public Library, again.  This time though I had a plan I wrote down every book I should get to research my eminent person.  I didn’t find any of them.  I did find some replacements though.  My biggest accomplishment of all is that I found an online version of the number one book I wanted to find.  I quickly started reading that right away.  I dedicated myself to finishing reading that book before I worked on my speech or my learning center.  That meant that I had to read fast.  I finished the book and now it was time to start working on my learning center and my speech.  Luckily for me I was keeping a list of things that I need to put in my learning center.  I also was keeping track of the many ideas I had for a speech.  I quickly narrowed it down to one thought and set off written until I was satisfied with my work.  Quicker then I expected it was the day of eminent.  I don’t know why but I wasn’t that nervous.  I think all my nerves hit be right after I finished my speech.  They fizzled out before I went to my learning center so that I was actual calm when people were talking to me.  I realized that I wasn’t even thinking about the answers to my questions I just knew them.  That definitely made my nerves disappear.  So that was my very brief story about eminent and everything I went through to get through eminent.  That concludes my document of Learning.

Learning Centre Post 2017

The primary focal point of my learning centre was something I deemed as my “Interrogation Chamber”. In reality, it wasn’t that bad at all. I basically created a large rectangular prism out of wood, and then draped some black curtain over it. I placed a chair inside, made a mixtape of some of Shostakovich’s screechiest music, and told people to enjoy! Here are some photos of how I made it.

Here is an Flickr album of my learning centre.

Here is a tour of my learning centre.

Overall, I am very satisfied with how it turned out: I improved on my design from last year and featured more photographs and quotes while cutting down on text; I had a bigger “advertisement” for my center (the four letters DSCH), and a larger focal point (the interrogation chamber). Most of my quotes were ones that were transcribed from my interviews.

Here are some details that were not fully explained in my video:

I chose to put the subheading “Composer, Survivor”, because it not only lets us know Shostakovich’s profession, but also the fact he outlasted the Stalinist regime and lived to tell his story in music.

The paragraph’s text is attached:

Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich was, on paper, a loyal Stalinist, signing government decrees and even traveling to New York to preach the importance of Socialist Realism. He composed propagandist works that glorified Joseph Stalin, and received several Stalin prizes for his efforts. However, he was called “anti-people” by the government, and many of his friends, family, and fellow artists were purged when he was alive. He wrote satirical works of the government, and often spoke negatively of their regime under his breath.

Ultimately, the answer can never be so clear. And why must we apply such labels to people who are composers, not moral beacons? Especially under the thick blanket of fear that was placed by a tyrannical Soviet government, we will never, and should never, try place his political opinions.

Instead, what we must listen to is his music: the Leningrad Symphony, which may have played a part in saving thousands of citizens in the crippled city, and the 8th String Quartet, a work of incredible power and tension that is perhaps the greatest microcosm of what it was like to live under an oppressive regime.

Dmitri Shostakovich was a composer, above all. He composed not only to survive, but as a way of communicating his fear, torment, and humanity.


The rotary telephone was to represent how Shostakovich often waited in fear for phone calls by Joseph Stalin.

When besieged and starving Leningraders had nothing to eat, they fried coffee grounds to make “pancakes”. The ones I made (with the help of my dad) were much more tasty, although not many seemed to want to touch them after being informed that the citizens also ate glue, house pets, and sawdust!

The website that generates a musical motif can be found here:

The quotes I used can be found here:

He…will be remembered in the same way in generations to come as we revere Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms.

Pam Highbaugh-Aloni, cellist of the Lafayette SQ

Through his music he has provoked…an affirmation of the importance of the individual’s ability to express himself, whatever the circumstances.

– Alan Mercer, editor-in-chief/founder of DSCH JOURNAL

He had a compulsion to always behave like a puppet, and then hate himself for behaving that way.

– Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker

He creates a turbulence inside you through his music.

– Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, violinist of the Lafayette SQ

He was able to show Russians how horrendous life was, and yet still be able to keep his own sanity.

– Sharon Stanis, violinist of the Lafayette SQ

Simulate the interrogation chamber experience yourself! Go into a small room, turn the lights off, and blast this music:




The End of the End: 2017 Night of the Notables Reflection

A quick word of advice for anyone who may pass this, and hopefully it’s on the day of Night of the Notables: do not expect the night, the experience, the feelings, to be the same as any other! The best way you can embrace whatever is thrown at you is by taking it all in, and realizing that you, along with your fellow TALONS, are truly making history.

With this post being created on November 27, 2017, that will have meant Night of the Notables ended five night ago. We’ve rushed so quickly back into the thick of things that I haven’t had much time to catch my breath, or think about my final Eminent person project. A new novel study was assigned, our physics unit is in full swing, and preparing for the holidays has occupied my brain for the most part.

But when I hear anyone say “Eminent”, I’m thrown right back into Wednesday night, right back into the screaming, high-pitched yells of our 9’s (sorry!) and the anxious recitation of speeches by 10’s as we simultaneously tried to set up our learning centre with endless rolls of masking tape and a little too much nervous energy.

Eminent is over.

I repeat that sentence in my head as I write this. It’s over. IT’S over. It’s OVER. It’s…over? How could it be over? Did it really even happen?

The speech. It was strangely comforting, watching us all pace anxiously backstage, even the most confident speakers be reduced to repetitions of opening lines. Despite spending hours with each other every day, we’re never completely exposed to each other. But as I was also treading around, trying to breathe, I felt us all emanating vulnerability. We were scared, and weren’t really prepared for what would happen on stage, and we were okay with letting each other know that. Soon, though, that vulnerability turned to energy, and it was almost as if when one speech was done the speaker would pass on the energy to the next one, and they would mold the little ball of energy a little bigger, before we were all on our feet, desperate to burst on stage and share our final bows as one group as Nathan (sorry, Jony Ive), delivered his final lines.

As for my own speech, I had been waiting ever since I first saw my own sister stand in the library where the speeches used to be held at nine years ago. As I stepped quietly on to the stage, ready to close act one, I felt strangely calm. My incessantly quick heartbeat slowed, and the prose which I had so painstakingly written out came easily, and naturally to me. But it was over far too quickly, and I was to pass off the baton into someone else’s outstretched hands.

The learning centre. I somehow felt like a 9 again! I found so much unbridled joy in repeating nearly the exact same information to the dozens of people who passed by my station. Everyone seemed so genuinely interested in what I had done, flattered me about my speech, and cared about why I put so much effort into this project.

Some thank you’s are long overdue here:

  1. My family. Iris, who spent far too much time instructing me on exactly what the best Eminent speech looked like, Louise, who seems to be more of a Shostakovich expert than I am, my dad, for essentially giving me a crash course on woodworking, and my mom, for telling me to sleep.
  2. Kevin Bazzana. Our friendship began last year when I interviewed him about Glenn Gould. Throughout the project, he answered my panicked queries about who Shostakovich really was, who he supported, and what the point of it all was with the calm, heady attitude of a scholar, and helped debunk many myths surrounding my EP.
  3. All my interviewees, for giving me insight into literally every aspect of Shostakovich.
  4. Stephen Hurley, who helped an immense amount with the livestream. You can find him at
  5. Everyone in TALONS, for the nervous energy, for the “ENERGY!”, and for the energy in the closing circle.
  6. Mr. Morris. You did it! You made it!

It’s over, it’s been over for five days, and it’ll never happen again. Of course, this tradition that seems almost as old as time itself will continue on; learners will make bigger, more extravagant learning centres to accompany their eloquent speeches, and I’ll return to Gleneagle Secondary on a Wednesday night in November to watch it all unfold again in less than 365 days.

But this, this reincarnation of Eminent is over, to be locked away in the annals of TALONS history. This is the edition that marked the start of a new teacher’s leadership (and he did extremely well, FYI), and the end of another. It was breathtaking, exhilarating, full of anxious faces filled with tension, then happy smiles, as all TALONS events are guaranteed to produce.

And I also guess this is goodbye to you too, Mr. Shostakovich. There is still so much I don’t know about you. But does that even matter? You opened your door wide open for me two months ago, and I rummaged around the endless amount of books, articles, and photographs like a kid in a candy store (who did get sick from all of the reading every so often). Thank you, for your music, for your determination, and a life well lived. I don’t think I’ll ever truly understand what you had to go through in your life, but at least now I know that in times of torture, fear, and hopelessness, music will always prevail.

To whoever reads this: do something that makes you feel what I felt on November 22, 2017: the feeling of craziness, extreme panic, total isolation, complete companionship, and the dream of wanting to do it all over again in a heartbeat.

And ultimately, whether it was the learning centre or speech, getting lost in the joy of creating something, someone that I love..

So long, Eminent Person project.


*As for the questions I set out to answer for myself at the start of the project: I scribbled down shorthand answers throughout my project, whether it be during research, interviews, or at 12 AM in my bed. Should I be given a chance in Socials to edit and synthesize them (seeing as a few of my questions were very broad, and could easily tie into the BC Curriculum), they will be posted!

NoTN Reflection

WE DID IT! I still can’t believe eminent is done… forever. I’m so incredibly proud of everyone. The speeches and learning centers were truly amazing, and it was so great to see everyone’s hard work finally pay off. It’s kind of bittersweet I guess; although I can’t even begin to express how relieved I am that I won’t have to go through this again, I’m also sad that this was my last eminent. The weeks leading up to Night of The Notables were filled with pain and stress and late nights, but the feeling I got when I was standing backstage after I finished my speech was unreal. I felt so proud of myself and my classmates, and so grateful that I got to share this experience with such wonderful people.

It’s very rare for me to be actually satisfied with something I produce on my own, and yet I am so happy with my speech, learning center, and my eminent person project in general. Going into this project a few months ago, I was truly terrified. Both myself and my eminent person are part of the LGBTQ+ community. I felt that displaying this project and performing my speech in front of so many people was the same as outing myself – to my friends, family, and complete strangers. I was scared I would receive homophobic comments or dirty looks from those who attended Night of The Notables. But I did it. I went out there and performed my speech, I made the voice of my eminent person heard and I didn’t care if others didn’t like it. Because I was happy, and that’s all that matters.

My learning center was simple, and yet captured the most important aspects of my eminent person. I put up pride flags, fairy lights, pictures of my eminent person, and a sign that she carried at a protest. I didn’t want to have any words at my center, and I’m glad I didn’t. Sadly, I only got a few visitors at my learning center (my family, Mr. Morris, Aislyn’s dad and a few TALONS alumni), and it made me sad that my pride flag drove people away. I wish I got more of a chance to share my knowledge with others.


Lastly, click here for the “vlog” that I made of NoTN. I love editing/creating videos, and I’m so happy I documented such an incredible night. Thank you to everyone who made this night one to remember. I can’t wait to attend NoTN next year as an alumni.

Night of the Notables Assessment

Night of the notable took place on November 22nd, and this was the day where we presented our eminent person to everyone else. Unfortunately, this day was also the last chapter to Eminent 2k17 and for us grade 10’s, the conclusion of eminent forever; we’ll never get to do this project with these people again. All in all, the night of November 22nd will be a night I’ll always remember.

Did you meet your goals for the project? How can/could you tell? How would you improve on future opportunities like this?

The main goal of Night of the Notables is to teach others about the person of your choice, the hardships they faced, and why they are eminent. This goal is one that every TALONS learner should strive to achieve. Each aspect of Eminent, the blog post, speech, and learning center, all assist in presenting our findings and essentially, help us reach our goal. With all these mandatory aspects of the entire eminent project, it wasn’t a challenge to achieve this goal. The handout that was given out at the beginning of the project helped me begin the project and helped me gauge where I should be by the end of those seven weeks. The most prominent hurdle I faced trying to reach this overarching goal was procrastination, something that remains a struggle anytime I have more than a week to do a project. After doing some further research after eminent, I found out that the solution to my problem is simply to make a concrete plan on paper; that’s what I’ll do going forward.

What will you remember about NIght of the Notables?

At the start of the night, everything seemed to be moving in slow motion, every second feeling like a minute; all due to the tension that came with speeches. Although I felt quite anxious, the energy behind the curtains is something I’ll never forget. Everyone was going through the same thing as me; we all we knew we were going to kill it but it was just a couple nerves in the way. After my speech, which was a massive weight off my shoulders, everything went a lot quicker, and I felt great. And then came the best part; I got to act as my eminent person at my learning center. The entire night went terrific and there’s nothing I’d want to forget about it.

Who would you like to thank, or recognize, for their contributions to Night of the Notables?

Anyone who came to Night of the Notables made it special for me, but there’s one person in particular who made a big difference both at the evening and all the weeks leading up to that day. Even though it’s only Mr.Morris’ first eminent, he had everything under control and made sure that each one of us reached success. He stood by and helped with every step of the way. I don’t think my project would’ve been half as good without Mr.Morris’ guidance. Big shout out the main man.