Life in Nature

Hello and welcome back to my blog. In todays post I will be reflecting on our second to last PLP 10 project. This project is going to tie into our end of year exhibition. For the past 5 weeks we have been learning about post WWII times and how they affected canadian lives. For this project we teamed up with Deep Cove Heritage Society to help build there archives. In each of our podcast episodes we interviewed someone who has been associated with the cove for a while and listened to their stories. I was able to schedule an interview with Wendy Bullen Stephenson, she grew up in the cove and now has a studio there. In my podcast episode I compared some of her experiences with mine and how growing up in the cove has changed over time.

I created a presentation during this project that represent the change in nature.

Now looking back at the project I like to reflect on the competencies, which one shows my best work and which one I could’ve improved on.

This competency is about continuity and change. How are lives and conditions alike over time and how they have changed. I feel like I was able to really represent this competency with my podcast episode. I compared and looked at the changed and similarities between my interviewee’s experiences and mine.
This competency is about Discussing, listening, and speaking. How have I respectfully exchanged diverse ideas and viewpoints to build shared understanding and extend thinking using appropriate speaking and listening skills for the context and purpose? I think that I showed the shared understanding with my podcast episode but I could have extended my learning by connecting my podcast to current and past events.

In class we wrote a reflective essay on what we have learned through this project, more specifically what stood out to us. I decided to write about the roles of 1950’s women. You can read it here.


I would also like to give a shoutout to my class mates, Noah and Anthony. They did an interview with Wendy before I did mine and I got some information from it to form my questions for my podcast. Big thanks to them and make sure to check out their podcasts.

Anthony’s podcast

Noah’s podcast

In conclusion I really enjoyed this project and learning about the 50’s. I am excited to see how our exhibition will turn out. Stay tuned for my exhibition post.

Romeo and Juliet

Hello and welcome back to another blog post. This will be my last post for this quarter as I will be moving on to quarter 3 starting Monday. This post is about our latest project in PLP 10 and it’s all about Shakespeare. Now at the start of this project I thought “great another Shakespeare project” but in the end this project was by far one of my favourites. The driving question to this project was changed from “how do we modernize Romeo and Juliet to appeal to a younger audience?” To “how can we present a live audio story that makes an audience appreciate the relevance of Shakespeare?” The reason of the change is that we couldn’t create a good enough adaption of the entire play. So we just adapter certain parts in the end. But let’s not rush. This project started with comparisons, more specifically that of the original play, the 1968 movie, and the 1996 movie. I also created 2 new podcast episodes, these episodes were different because I had co-hosts, Thomas and Julia.

For this project we 3 curricular competencies that represent each PLP area of study, English, Social Studies, and Maker.

English 10: I can express an understanding of how a text uses literary devices to make meaning.
I can express an understanding of the role of contexts, values, and perspectives in texts and how language is used to construct personal, social, and cultural identity.

the stepping stone that best represented this competency was the act comparison charts. For these stepping stones we read through the Romeo and Juliet play and watched the movies to compare how they were similar and different. I found that I was able to get a better understanding of the play through seeing the movies.

Maker 10: I can select and use a design solution to a problem, process, or challenge.

The milestone that best represented this competency was milestone 2, this milestone was our first co-hosted podcast. For this episode i had to solve the problem of how does Shakespeare connect to the BC outdoors. I answered it with bard on the beach, bard on the beach is a festival held at a park in bc and they preform Shakespeare plays.

Social Studies 10: I can explain and infer different perspectives on past or present people, places, issues, or events by considering prevailing norms, values, worldview, and beliefs.

the milestone that best represented this competency was milestone 4, our second co-hosted podcast episode. In this episode Thomas, Julia and I talked about how the location for the Romeo and Juliet movies we were watching in class adapted to fit the time era and characters. We also talked about our different views on the Romeo and Juliet movies and which adaption we liked the best.

The final step to this project was to wright our own adaption and preform it as an auditorial story. It was a challenging process but it turned out well.

In conclusion this was my favourite project yet and i hope we get to do more similar projects in the future.

The Mysterious Attack

Hey guys welcome back to another blog post. As you may know from my last project post we are creating podcasts this year. If you want to catchup on my podcast journey make sure to read my Greatest Canadian post and my podcast trailer post.

Anyways, for episode 2 of my podcast “Rhiann’s Nature Scope” we had to answer the driving question:

How might we use stories to understand the causes and consequences of WWII?

To answer this question we had to tell a WWII story and be able to support our story with an interview. With my podcast topic being the outdoors of BC I decided to see if there were any places in BC that were effected by the war. I happened to stumble upon a location on the west coast of Vancouver island. Estevan Point lighthouse has a very mysterious story, June 20, 1942 a Japanese submarine shelled Estevan Point Lighthouse.

Have I constructed an original connection between myself, the text, and the world? The milestone I showed my best work to respond to text would be my story connection milestone. The story connection milestone was where we read or listened to people’s story that had a connection to WWII. We had to listen or read the story, and fill out a template of the story’s story arc, connect it to another source, connect it to a personal story, find the message of the story, and find 3 or more vocabulary words and definitions. I found that as we work through the 3 stories I progressed in telling the different aspects to the story we heard or read.
Have I found diverse sources and evaluated them for their relevance, accuracy, and reliability? The milestone I showed my best work to using evidence and resources would be my research milestone. For this milestone we had to find 5 sources to support the story we were telling in our podcasts. One of these sources had to be an interview or piece of audio. I had found many website sources that informed me about the attack but a couple also gave me information about it’s history before WWII, I found all this information very helpful for this episode.
Who or what influences events to occur and what were the consequences of those events? The milestone I showed my best work to analyzing cause and Consequences would be milestone 1. For milestone one we revisite our nationalism project from last year and looked at how Canadian nationalism might be different to different countries. For example canada is very accepting whereas America can be seen as not so accepting. We created a collage of different shapes and photos to represent Canadian nationalism and presented it by saying how these photos or shapes represented and cause us Canadians to be who we are. We also had to create a small reflective paragraph about how we as individuals are impacted by where we grew up and where we live and how it shapes our identities.
How might I use technology to connect to the world? The milestone I showed my best work to Globally collaborate would be milestone 5. Milestone 5 was our podcast episode, I think that my interview within my podcast best showed my work for this competency. It took me a really long time to be able to find someone to interview, first I emailed BC Parks but they never responded, so I emailed someone on a website that I found who had a page about Estevan Point, luckily enough the person I reached out to had the email of the actual lightkeepers at Estevan Point Lighthouse, I got a response from Maureen Schmidt and we scheduled an interview. I feel that my interview with Maureen went really well, she told me a bit about her role as a lightkeeper, what happened at the lighthouse during the attack, and what she would do in that situation.

In conclusion I really enjoyed this project because I got to learn not only about how BC was connected to WWII but also a bit of our history here on the west coast. I felt that I didn’t represent my best work during this project but will hopefully be able to improve for the next one.

I hope you enjoyed learning about my recent project, make sure to listen to my podcast.

Peace ✌️