The Final MPOL

Hey, hi, and hello. Welcome back to my blog where “not all those who wander are lost” (J.R.R Tolkien). This is the final M-POL, hard to believe this is the last year of doing these Presentations of Learning. The Driving Questions for this year’s M-POL are: How have I demonstrated growth as a learner so far this year? And how can I sharpen my learning plan to ensure I will reach my learning targets by the end of this school year?

With preparing for this M-POL I wanted to look back at my T-POL from last year to review the goals I set. They were to have outlines for all written assignments, ask for help, and build my current skill set for university. I now write detailed outlines for all my blog posts and short outlines for written assignments. I try to ask for help when needed instead of trying to figure things out on my own. I have also set a goal this to build my skill set for university. In order to creating my learning plan for the year I looked back on these goals and how I was doing so far. In my learning plan, my goal for this year was to expand on my work in the ways of not just working with my strengths on projects but also my weaknesses. Before I talk more about my learning plan and how I want alter it I want to talk a bit about some of our projects so far this year in PLP.

We have had a total of 4 PLP projects this year. Reflecting back on each of them I believe that I did well in these projects but there are two that I feel have shown my growth so far this year, our horror project and our PGP project. In my learning plan this year I talked about how I wanted to step outside my comfort zone by expanding my knowledge and working with my weaknesses. I believe that with our horror project this year I managed to take a few steps in that direction. I have never been one to enjoy horror movies and so I was quite nervous heading into this project. During this project we did a few things that were not within my usual comfort zone, we watched 4 horror movies, went to a horror exhibit at the MoPOP, and went to a haunted house at an old morgue. During this project I was able to get a better understanding of what the genre of horror really is. Before this project I had not been aware of the different aspects of horror and that there are so many sub genres of horror. In the end I ended up enjoying this project a lot and it taught me the great lesson that if I don’t step outside my comfort zone every once and a while I will miss out on great opportunities.

Our PGP project was to read a self-improvement book and create an artifact to exhibit to our fellow grade 12s. The book I read for this project was ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving an F*ck’ by Mark Manson. I personally feel that I could have done better at my final artifact for this project however I do feel that this was one of the projects where I learned the most. From the book I read I was exposed to so many honest points. Some of the quotes that really impacted me were:

“The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.”

“To simply blame others is only to hurt yourself.”

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.“

After reading this book I had so many quotes written down that I had found interesting and/or inspiring. My end artifact was a way to share the quotes I took note of to my fellow peers in a fun interactive way. At the beginning of this project I thought that with reading a self-improvement books they would be the stereotypical ones that I wouldn’t have gained any takeaways from, however, this book was different as it was not in anyways like the stereotypical self-improvement book. At the end of this project I have now reacessed my values in life and realized that I shouldn’t let the little things impact me so much. Imagine you have 86400 pieces of gold and someone took 10. Would you carry on with the remaining 86390 pieces or would you risk what you have to get those 10 pieces back? There are 86400 seconds in a day, would you let someone’s 10 seconds of negativity bring down the other 86390? After reading this book I have discovered less stress in my life as I don’t let the little things effect me. 

We’ve had some pretty cool projects so far this year in PLP and I believe that I truly needed these projects in order to prepare me for this M-POL. After getting back into this year and experiencing some PLP 12 projects I now know how I want to improve this year. How have I demonstrated growth as a learner so far this year? I feel that I have grown so far this year. I feel that I have demonstrated this by being capable of expanding my learning by trying to delve deeper and gain more knowledge. I see that there is still much room to grow before this year is up. And how can I sharpen my learning plan to ensure I will reach my learning targets by the end of this school year? At the beginning of this year I broadly knew that I wanted to work with my weaknesses but after some thinking and reflecting I am going to expand on that goal. Moving forward I hope to expand on my work by taking time out of my day to do extra research into a topic brought up in a project in order to expand my knowledge. So far in PLP I always strived for accomplished but now I want to set higher goals for myself as I know that if I work hard enough I am capable of reaching them. Another goal of mine moving forward is to be more vocal in class. I always shy away from speaking out as I worry that my answers are incorrect. But as PLP has taught me, FAILing is your First Attempt In Learning. In order to reach these goals I want to set up some sort of system where everyday or every second day I will be vocal in class at least once and make a literature note about a topic related to our project that I have researched. I hope by the end of this year I will have learned everything I can that PLP has to offer in order to prepare for the next big step of my life. University.

 

Thank you for spending the time to read through such a long post. Make sure to stay tuned for more to come.

Peace✌️

Taming of The Misrepresentation of Women

Hey, hi, and hello. Welcome back to my blog where not all those who wander are lost (J.R.R Tolkien). In this post I’m going to be reflecting on our most recent PLP project. This project was probably the fastest project we have done so far in PLP. In the 3 weeks we had for this project we were tasked to create a book for kindergarteners that talked about powerful women. The driving question for this project was: How do we encourage children to support women’s rights? Now before I dive into answering this question I’m going to talk a bit about what we did through the course of this project.

One of the things we discussed a lot in this class was how women have been depicted through the years of film and television. We watched ‘Taming of The Shrew’ and ‘10 Things I Hate About You’, we also analyzed scenes from ‘Golden Girls’, ‘SNL’, and ‘Sex and The City’. After watching these we pin pointed that many times in media women were depicted in stereotypes. Anything thing that we noticed was that women were often depicted as not having any emotions and their characters didn’t have very good character arcs. After discussing how women are poorly depicted in media Kaia and I talked about certain movies and tv shows that have actual good representation, like legally blond, Erin Brockovich, Thelma & Louise, Hidden Figures, and etc.

During this quick project we also learned about the different waves of feminism. The first wave of feminism was the suffrage movement. The suffrage movement was when women were advocating for the rights to vote and run in elections. This then moved into the late 1910s with the First World War women gained jobs and if you had a next of kin in the war you could vote. However with this improvement involved a set back of unfair work. Women were not treated equally to men as they got paid less and were not receiving of the same opportunities as men. The second wave of feminism was during the 1970s. The Equal Rights Act (ERA) was drafted in 1923 and has been adapted over the years. The key message of this Act is “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.” In 1972 this was passed by Federal Government, but it is not enacted. The third wave of feminism started in the 90s with Anita Hill’s testimony regarding sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas. There is no clear end to the third wave as many believe it still might be happening. However we might be in the fourth wave of feminism which is focusing on sexual harassment, body shaming and rape culture.

After learning about how women have been depicted over the years of film and reviewing the waves of feminism it was time to start our project. For this project we could be in a group of up to 3 or 4 people. I was in a group with Ally and Kaia. We decided that our book would focus on the suffragette movement with the inspiration of workplace protesting.

The Subtle Art of PGP

Hey, hi, and hello. Welcome back to my blog where not all those who wander are lost (J.R.R Tolkien). This is a PGP post in which I’m going to review our PGP Careers class and the project we did. Since it’s been so long since I’ve done a post about PGP let me re-explain it. PGP stands for Personal Growth Plan. At the beginning of this course we worked on things that would help us in our job/post secondary pathways like building up our resumes, looking at how to apply for scholarships, and creating transition plans. Now with any PLP class we always work through projects given that we are a Project Based Learning Program. Our project for this course was to read a self-improvement book and create an artifact to answer the driving question: What do I need to know to move forward with lifelong learning and active citizenship? Before I go into answering this driving question with my artifact I want to talk a bit about my post secondary plan I made at the beginning of this course and how I’m doing now.

Before the beginning of this school year I had a general understanding of what I wanted to do after high school then I decided what universities to apply to. I want to go down the theatre production path of costume, prop, and set design. When deciding on what Universities to apply to I not only looked at the program but also the campus and it’s location as I want to stay closer to home. My university application process was definitely not what I expected. When my brother went through his application process he just sent the application of his resume and answered questions in essay format, then he would just wait a few months to hear back. Whereas for my application process I applied and after a couple weeks hear back to send in my portfolio, resume, cover letter, and to schedule an interview. My brother and I are going down different career paths which explains the different application processes yet I didn’t expect it to be such a difference. I have now been accepted by 2 out of the 3 universities I’ve applied to.

Now back to the PGP project. The self-improvement book I chose to read was ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’ by Mark Manson. This book is unlike any self-help book. The approach Mark takes in this book is out of the box and allows readers to take a different look at life and how to organize your life. The target audience is definitely young adults and adults who don’t enjoy the stereotype self-improvement book. The main thesis of this book is to seek meaning through what is important in life and take control over your values. In this book Mark talks about how if you feel you are not the one in control of your values they are not good values. He also talks a lot about seeking meaning in life and to care (give a F*ck) about what is truly important to you and your values and to not care (not give a F*ck) about the little things in life that pass you by and don’t matter in the long run. He is constantly encouraging readers to be honest with themselves, and to recognize the areas of their lives they can improve. Mark talks a lot about his personal experience in this book and connects it to his advice as he lives by his book. One main thing that stood out for me in this book was the Disappointment Panda. The Disappointment Panda is a Panda that goes around to peoples doors to tell them the brutal truth in order for them to accept reality, embrace the negative, and improve to being a better person. 

After reading our self-improvement books we were tasked with creating an artifact that both connects to our book and answers the driving question. While reading this book I took note of many quotes that I found inspirational, interesting, and honestly true. I wanted to be able to share what I learned from this book through my final project but couldn’t think of the how. “Do or do not, there is no how” is one of the quotes from the book so I did just that. I didn’t question the how I just did. I decided to combine my two favorite parts of the book, the Panda and the quotes, in order to share my knowledge. After my pitch of this idea was accepted I started planning out my artifact. My artifact was a disappointment panda with quotes from the book on it’s hat so that the visitors at our exhibition could take a quote and gain the knowledge I did.

The exhibition was open to any students but more specifically the rest of our grade 12 class as this project was for our careers course. I think the exhibition went really well and many visitors found my artifact interesting and the quotes inspiring. After creating my artifact and reading my book, my answer to the Driving Question: What do I need to know to move forward with lifelong learning and active citizenship? is I need to know where in life to place my values and where to find meaning. I need to know what my values are and if they are self controlled or need to be altered. I need to accept the negative more and search the positive less. In conclusion I did enjoy the resurrection of PGP as I felt it helped me to improve more than it had in the past. There are many things I learned that I want to improve on but I’ll talk more about that in my upcoming M-POLs post. 

OH THE HORROR!

Hey, hi, and hello. Welcome back to my blog where not all those who wander are lost (J.R.R Tolkien). In this post I’m going to be reflecting on our most recent project. The driving question for this project was Why is horror an effective way to reflect and comment on our society? In this project our goal was to make our own horror movie that reflected our current society. As we worked on our project we each individually posed our own question in relation to horror. We were tasked with answering the question with the knowledge we gained from this project and any previous horror knowledge we had. You can find that blog at this link. My first thoughts on this project was that I was scared. I personally do not cope well with horror movies or the genre in general. Now onto the post.

As a class we watched a total of 4 movies. Get Out, The Exorcist, Halloween, and Friday the 13th. I only watched 3 of them as I was too scared to watch Friday the 13th.


I most enjoyed Get Out of all the movies we watched. I enjoyed that it made you think not just during the movie but afterwards as well. There are so many little details in the movie that you have to really be paying attention to it. I feel that Get Out was also the movie that really looked to the meaning of our project of reflecting society. However my opinion could be seen as biased as I am growing up in the society in which this movie reflects. I was not alive when The Exorcist and Halloween were released so I cannot say that those movies weren’t a good reflection of society. With saying which of the movies I most enjoyed I feel I need to also comment on which one was not my most favorite. I would say that I enjoyed all of them as it was an interesting experience to watch these movies but personally Halloween was my least favorite. The movie was suspenseful and there were quite a few jump scares. I also did not enjoy the lasting effect this movie had. At the end of this movie many shots are shown as to where Michael Myers could be and this left me constantly looking over my should for a few weeks. This experience is why I tend to not watch scary movies however the one scary movie I had watched previously to this project was Coraline.

During this project we went on two field studies, one to Seattle and the other to Loon Lake. On the Seattle trip we went to the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop), and Georgetown Morgue Haunted House. The Haunted House was more terrifying than I could have imagined and I didn’t even walk through it. While waiting in the long line with my class there was a clown on stilts (named Georgie) and a zombie (which my class named Tommy) walking up and down the line scaring and interacting with people. The Art Museum was truly interesting. Many art pieces reflected our society as well. At the MoPop they had an exhibit about the genre of horror. there were many different sections in this exhibit from killers to vampires to zombies. There were many different artifacts from many different horror shows and movies. They also had little viewing pods set up with videos of different horror directors being interviewed about different horror movies. My biggest take away from this exhibit was what I read on one of the signs. “Horror movies offer more than just entertainment. They express the primal emotional of the human experience by tapping into the anxieties of contemporary culture and visualizing the unspeakable fears and forbidden desires that lie just beneath the polite face of society”. These two sentences perfectly summed up what horror is and how the genre of horror truly reflects us individually and us as a society.

After the Seattle trip we got started on our pre-production phase. After much talking back and forth and fighting different ideas we settled on a story that reflects Cancel Culture. Our horror movie is about a group of influencers that get an invite to a retreat, but when they get there it’s deep in the woods with no wifi and no cell reception. The influencers start to disappear one by one. The pre-production stage was quite quick as we had roughly 5 days to prep before we left for Loon Lake, our shooting location. Once onsite the filming began.

Filming a horror movie was nothing like I expected especially acting in one. I got the role of Fern, the Vegan Influencer. I am not the best of actors and to act like an annoying influencer was definitely a new experience. My acting was over pretty quickly though due to being the first one to die (oops spoiler alert). I found my death scene quite challenging as I had to scream. I had never screamed previously to shooting my death scene but the scary setting helped. For my death I was on a little pull-ferry in the pitch black. As for my post death scene I had to lie on the pull-ferry drenched in fake blood in the cold rain for half an hour. However when I was not drenched in blood I had the amazing opportunity to have the role of Production Designer. I was really excited for this as it is similar to what I want to do for a career.

Now back to the driving question Why is horror an effective way to reflect and comment on our society? Horror is able to bring to light the negatives in our society that we try to ignore. As a society we try to cover up and ignore the negative with the positives, horror is able to effectively tap into our emotions and fear to expose us to the true horrors in our lives.

In conclusion this has been a great project and I enjoyed it more that I expected. I had assumed last year that we would be doing this project in our final year as my brother had previously done. With not being one who enjoys horror I worried that it would limit my ability to work on this project however I found it did not. I had hoped this year to really use my strength of creativity on every project we do and I thought that with my theatre knowledge I was able to do well with my role as Production Designer. If I could hope for an improvement I would say personally I would really like to take more risks and work a little more outside my comfort zone and try new experiences. I was able to do that a bit with this project being about horror however I want to broaden my opportunities more.

Stay tuned for the next post as it is that magical time of year again. M-POLs.

The Extremity Of Horror

Hey, hi, and hello. Welcome back to my blog where not all those who wander are lost (J.R.R Tolkien). Can the level of extremity of horror differ depending on the medium (live action or animated)? After receiving this assignment I immediately knew I wanted to ask this question. Personally I don’t watch horror movies as I get scared too easily. The only horror movies I have seen are Coraline and Halloween. The assignment we received was to ask an essential question that we can answer through our knowledge on horror. With my knowledge of horror only being from the two movies I have  watched and our class visit to the horror exhibit at the MOPOP I wanted to ask a question that allows me to find a correlation between these movies. Before I answer this essential question I should dive into what makes these 2 movies scary.

Now when people think about “Coraline” they picture it as a kids movie yet it’s scary to both adult and kid audiences. The main way that this movie succeeds so much in conveying a terrifying story is through stop motion. With stop motion animation you can manipulate and distort to create an unusual perspective on people and places. Something that this movie plays on that is scary for not just this movie but any other horror movie is the origin of the story. The movie “Coraline” is based off of Neil Gaiman’s book “Coraline”. Neil Gaiman’s book was inspired by “The New Mother” by Lucy Clifford, “The New Mother” has been retold by Alvin Schwartz as “The Pear Drum”. All these adaptions of this story include one consistance. The other mother. The Other Mother in Neil Gaiman’s adaption lives in this Other World where she waits to lure unhappy children and steal their souls. In Lucy Clifford’s version the New Mother (Other Mother) arrives after the two main children of the story behave so badly they drive their mother away. This New Mother (Other Mother) has glass eyes that shine and a wooden tail. 

The Other Mother is connected strongly to what is known as the Beldam. Beldam is another word old woman or a witch. The Beldam is defined as a demonic shape shifting entity who lures children into another dimension to consume their flesh and take their souls. The Beldam’s true form resembles closely to a skeletal spider. “Coraline” also has some parallels to other horror movies. In the movie “Us” there are other versions of everyone and they want to replace the originals, similar to how the Other and New Mother wants to replace the old mother. Another parallel is between the Other Mother and Penewise. At the end of both “Coraline” and “It: Chapter Two” both antagonists end in a form that resembles a spider.

After breaking down the origin and it’s connections to other horror movies it’s even more scary than just watching it. But If I want to truly answer this essential question I need to break down a live action horror movie I’ve seen.

Halloween. “Halloween” was the first ever live action horror movie I’ve seen and I only just watched it this year. I only watched it to be able to better understand horror for our project, personally I wouldn’t watch it unless I had to. Earlier in this project I did do a bit of a deep dive into the behind the scenes of the movie. What I learned from my research was director John Carpenter’s visions and ways to instill fear within the audience and make the audience connect to the ‘final girl’ Laurie. Many aspects added in this movie that make it truly terrifying is the built up suspense. Throughout the movie we see Micheal Myers following Laurie throughout her day. Because of this we know there will some sort of conflict between the two. Another suspense building feature is the music. This movie has an eerie soundtrack that just builds to silence. Then at the silence we just wait for the expected to happen yet we still get scared. Even though this movie was low budget it was a major success in horror and has turned into one of the biggest horror franchises. 

Can the level of extremity of horror differ depending on the medium (live action or animated)? In a stop motion animation horror such as coraline characters and other aspects can be manipulated to appear unnatural and/or odd. In live action films they rely on the technology they have access to to morph things or people. In movies like Halloween with such a low budget and little technological advancements in film at the time they weren’t able to rely on technology but on the actually physical artistry. I believe that live action horror films have a higher level of horror than animation horror films. Live action movies are more relatable on the physical aspect that these horrific events are happening to real live action people whereas animated movies may be horrific but given that they are animated or stop motion animated they aren’t as scary as we can’t physically relate to the characters as much as a live action film.

A Crazy One?

Hey, hi, and hello. Welcome back to my blog where not all those who wander are lost (J.R.R Tolkien). Our most recent project was our last project of the year. Spring exhibition. This was our first inside spring exhibition in 2 years. It just makes me realize how big of an impact covid has made on our lives. Speaking of impact, our final project this year was focused around impact makers. The driving question for this project was: What makes someone a community impact maker? My first thought to this question was, what makes an impact maker and how will this form to be an exhibition project? Before I go into answering the driving question I’m going to catch you up on our project path.

We first started off with defining what a “crazy one” is. There is an apple ad that shows many impact makers who people thought were crazy due to their impossible ideas. This ad featured people such as Gandhi, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Edison, and many more. This was able to answer my first question: what makes an impact maker? Next we watched 3 movies, hidden figures, Amadeus, and Gandhi. These movies really opened my eyes on the lives of these amazing people. If I had to pin a favourite out of the three I would say “Amadeus”. I love classical music and opera, so much so I even have opera glasses. This movie just made me have an even greater appreciation for Mozart’s genius.

Our next steps in this project were working towards our final product. Our first step was to identify someone who had a positive impact on one of the communities we’re apart of. I had a difficult time at first to identify someone. The reason I was struggling was because I thought we had to find someone who was considered a “crazy one”, turns out we didn’t. The person had to have made a positive impact and did not need to have been seen as crazy. So I chose Sonia Ellis. Sonia was one of the owners of my dance studio and she was one of my dance teachers growing up. She made Seymour dance the family community it is. Once we had figured out who our impact maker was we learned about the project. The project was to create a contemporary art piece that represents our impact maker. I did a simple water colour portrait of Sonia and then glued flowers on it to represent the “Waltz of the Flowers” dance from the “Nutcracker”. Sonia choreographed that dance for our studio’s adaption of it and I wanted to really show that with my art piece. I was not at exhibition this year due to having tickets to Hamilton that very same night but I was very proud of my work this project.

In conclusion I am very proud of how my project turned out and I think I was able to convey the story of my impact maker without being present at the exhibition. Now to answer the driving question. What makes someone a community impact maker? I think that a community impact maker is really defined by everyone differently. anyone can be a community impact maker as long as they have somehow made a positive impact on at least one person in this community. I really enjoyed this project and I’m curious as to what our first grade 12 project will be.

Peace ✌️

T-POLs | Another Year Gone

Hey, hi, and hello. Welcome back to my blog where “not all those who wander are lost” (J.R.R Tolkien). This is an T-POL post, I haven’t done one in a while since we didn’t do them last year. The driving question for this years T-POLs is: why do you feel you are ready to advance to the next grade level?

Before I go in to answering this question I want to reflect back to my M-POL and the goal I set at the end of it. The goal that I set was to plan and manage my time more effectively and to create outlines for written assignments before writing them. Looking at my progress I feel that I have done well working towards this goal. I have tweaked my planner so that it not only incorporates my schedule but also any todo’s, homework, and if any assignments are due. I have also made sure to create detailed outlines before any blog posts. I find that writing these planners and outlines on paper rather than on my iPad allows for my brain to understand better. I could try to stick more o my planners but sometimes life is unexpected and one thing can change my whole schedule. my current planner only focuses on school day and my goal moving forward is to have a planner for everyday. I also hope to not just outline my blog posts but all my other written assignments.

  • Old planner

Now back to T-POLs. To be able to answer this question I looked back on what I wanted to improve on this year. The main things I wanted to improve on were my creativity and writing skills. I feel that I improved a lot on my writing skills with our “Sounds of Poetry” project. With this project we worked on studying poetry and the concept behind some poems and song lyrics. I already have some poetry skills that I learned from the work I did at Sylvan. This project not only expanded my poetry knowledge but also my creative writing knowledge. The final product of this project was to choose 5 songs for a playlist that somehow represent us and then write about our connection to them. I was able to use my creative writing to tell the story of my connection to each song.

The projects where I felt showed my growth in creativity were our two exhibition projects. For both exhibitions this year we had to incorporate art, both contemporary and conceptual. With these projects I was able to expand my creativity in the form of art and gain further understanding of adding meaning and symbolizim to the pieces I create.

Now back to the driving question. Why do I feel I am ready to advance to the next grade level? I feel that with all the projects we did this year I have learned everything grade 11 has to offer and I’m ready for the challenges of grade 12. I have figured out my career path and I am ready to gain the skills I need through grade 12 to work towards my chosen career. I have learned many lessons this year and not just through PLP but through my other courses too, and I’m ready to apply these lessons to my learning next year.

Thank you for spending the time to read through such a long post. Make sure to stay tuned for more to come.

Peace✌️

The Art of Persuasion

Hey, hi, and hello. Welcome back to my blog where not all those who wander are lost (J.R.R Tolkien). In this post I will be talking about our most recent project. In this project we learned how to use persuasive text to create change. Our end goal for this project was to be able to persuade a certain audience. The driving question for this project was: How can I use my voice to effect change? Now let’s get into the post.

My first thoughts on this project were that I would be successful in using persuasive text. I have previously taken sylvan tutoring to help me gain more reading and writing skills. One of the focuses was to learn how to analyze and how to write in a persuasive form. I found that learning about this a few years ago helped me achieve the goals that were set for this project. 

The main steps for this project were to choose a topic and audience, learn how to use persuasive text, and go through the steps of drafting till you get a final version. I went through the struggle of finding a topic. I was, at the beginning of this project, watching a lot of shows that were centred around the topic of feminism and women’s rights. This influenced me to choose this as a topic but when it came down to the narrowing part and choosing what to get your target audience to do as next steps stumped me. I couldn’t think of a way to narrow this topic. I wanted to be able to pick a large topic because I think that small topics like “no more homework” are meaningless and wont change the world for better. But the problem was a large topic was too much for this small of a project. I was able to find a different topic though. I chose to try and persuade students at my school to join our ultimate team next year. We sadly didn’t have enough interest last year or this year so we did not have a team. The last time our school had a full ultimate frisbee team was back when I was in grade 8. That was almost 3 years ago. I would like to leave high school with accomplishing on getting enough students involved in the sport so we have a team.

We spent many classes looking at the different ways to form persuasive text and at many examples. I won’t go too in-depth into the reading and writing activities we did but I will say that I enjoyed them and how they challenged me from an ethics and morals standpoint. 

Now onto the drafting process. This process is a repeat of create-reflect-revise. I originally wanted to create a journalistic styled piece but I realized that if my target audience was students I would need something more tailored to teens. I then got an idea to create a flyer that has a brief explanation of why to join the ultimate teams and a QR code that would link to my blog if they wanted to learn more. I was able to get a few drafts together of both my flyer and blog post. I was very proud of how my final version turned out but there was one problem. My goal was to persuade students to join the team next year but our project was done on April 28th. So I decided that I would send my flyer to one of my friends who has not yet joined the team but has shown some interest in the sport. She responded saying that she will tryout for the team next year and gave me good feedback on my flyer and post.

In conclusion I quite enjoyed this project. I learned that not just my voice can create change but my writing too. This project was able to make me see that I really do want to become a creative writer in my future just like how last project made me certain I wanted to be a costume designer. A few years ago my brother created a large document that goes in depth on what ultimate is, the benefits, and how to’s. I wish I was able to use this as a resource and link it in my post but sadly the app he used to design it no longer runs on iPads. Now circling back to the driving question: How can I use my voice to effect change? I think that being confident in facts and your own opinion can really help to persuade others. I think that being able to adapt to your target audience and change your strategy to fit that audience helps. I really hope we get to do more creative based projects like this in the future.

Stay tuned for more posts.

Peace ✌️ 

Ultimate Frisbee | Why You Should Join

Above is a highlight video of the US 2021 mixed championship. Most teams from university onwards are separated into males and females however there are some mixed teams and most high school teams are also mixed. Below are a few reasons why to join the sport, different opportunities, and a brief explanation of what ultimate frisbee is.

There are many reasons why to join the ultimate team. It’s a really fun sport whether playing it recreationally or competitively. This sport isn’t always about wining but about having fun and bringing spirit to the game. Playing ultimate really helps build up stamina. Yes, there is quite a lot of running involved in this sport however the constant practice of running builds up stamina. Another reason is that there is no rush to build up skills. Even though there are skills needed to play ultimate, the only skills you really need are knowing how to throw and catch a frisbee. With this sport you don’t need any previous knowledge and you can work the ultimate season to build up skills.
Ultimate is a mix of a few different sports (football, basketball, and rugby). The way a game of ultimate is played is when two teams start at either ends of the field. Once the frisbee is released the game begins and goal is to get the frisbee to the end zone to score a point. The teams need 14+ members to have two rotating lines of 7. There are two main types of throws, backhand and forehand or as some call it, flick. You can find a tutorial here. https://youtu.be/lNQexzgzvw4
There are many opportunities for playing ultimate frisbee. The main options for a student to play are clubs, clinics, and school teams. There are many summer clubs that one can join. I myself joined Wildfire/Bonfire, but there are many more like elevate ducks or misfit. These clubs are a great way to continue playing ultimate during the summer. There are quite a number of ultimate clinics being run. Some of the best ones that I would highly recommend are VUL clinics and Elevate clinics. The third opportunity is school team. Our current school team didn’t have enough people interested for a team so we did not have a season this year. I hope that this has persuaded some interest to tryout next year so we can hopefully.

I hope that this blog post was able to help you understand a bit about the sport and I hope it was able to make you consider joining.

A Tale of Madness

Hey, hi, and hello. Welcome back to my blog where not all those who wander are lost (J.R.R Tolkien). In this post I will be focusing our latest project. This project was one of the most fun projects ever. The driving question was: “How might we craft a compelling vision of “Macbeth” set in the 1950s?” Our end goal for this project was to be able to create a film that combines the gruesome tale of Macbeth and the Cold War. The stages we went through to lead up to this final project were to analyze the story of Macbeth and different versions and to learn the history of the Cold War. At first I thought that we wouldn’t be able to acheive our end goal due to the teachers telling us tht no PLP class has been able to complete this project. However my thoughts were soon to be altered.

When we first started with the learning of Macbeth I found myself more enthusiastic than my fellow classmates. Back in elementary school, grade 7, I became so interested in Shakespeare and learning how to understand his work. I am always looking forward to when we incorporate Shakespeare into our projects. We started by getting a textbook copy of the play and started to read. As we read we would analyze and ask questions. We would also look a one or two different film adaptations to be able to get visual representation and see how different directors in vision this tragic tale of madness.

I found that we as a class were lacking on the knowledge of the Cold War and what happened during it. We only had two quick lectures and I think that we could have spent more time delving into it to then be able to have included it more into our final project. During this project we had to make a weekly literature note about something interesting we learned in class or something that sparked an idea in our head. One of the literature notes I was really proud of was the one I did after we analyzed the witches in Macbeth.

Once we had our knowledge on macbeth and the Cold War we then started into our final project. The first step was to assign roles, not casting but the roles like director or producer, even in my case, wardrobe manager. When we applied for a role we had to hand in a vision for the role and a resume tailored to that role. I applied for wardrobe manager and added in my experience of helping with the costumes at my dance studio into my resume.

The first thing I started to do was put together a Pinterest board of my vision. I collaborated a lot with Kaia, the director, on what her ideas and vision so I could stick to an idea. I had a rough idea of what Kaia had in mind for the story and used that to start planning costumes. Once we got the actual story and the class had collectively written it I formatted my final ideas. The next step was getting them. I went down with the rest of the wardrobe team (Natalie and Liam) to our school’s theatre to find some costumes. I was able to find quite a lot of costumes that would work with the time period of our film (the 50s) and any missing things would be brought in by the actors.

Now due to the timing of editing this film I will not have the film on my blog until a later date but once I do have the film available a link will be below.

Now as usual I will be not only evaluating how the project went but how I personally think I did and how I can improve. I think that we were able to achieve our goal in being able to create a vision of macbeth that was set in the 1950s. I did wish that we were able to learn more about the Cold War aspect of the 50s but due to our previous knowledge of the 50s I think we were able to execute this project well. Now before I began writing this post I asked myself some questions. What did I do? How well did I do? What should I do next? After answering these questions I collected one conclusion. This project was amazing. Not only did it go well but it allowed me to realize what my true academic aspirations are. This project helped me achieve a realization that I really want to become a costume designer for theatre or film. I think that this project was one of the best by far because it allowed me to use my creative and critical skills and helped me build on them. The best thing about this project was what I was able to take away from it and this is what is important in projects. I hope we get to do a project more based around my second career choice (creative writing) and that the next project will be able to help me focus on building my writing skills.

Stay tuned for the next post.

Peace ✌️