What’s good dawgs and dawgies and it’s that time once again for another flipping blogpost! So without further ado that’s get right into this Johnson!
In these post I’ll be talking about our previous humanities project which focused on Canadas involvement in WWII and why the Juno Beach Center should be preserved and remembered. Although this project went by pretty fast we actually covered a lot of info in this short period. We started this project with just a ton of note taking of the events of WWII and everything Canada did to help the war effort, which later lead to info to help put in out essays. I guess this would be a good time to explain what the end goal and driving question are so I’ll do that now. At first our end goal was a podcast but the timing was poorly planned because in our other class we had just started learning about podcasts so about a week into the project it got changed to a rhetorical essay about why we should preserve Juno Beach Centre. The driving question for this project was: “Why is it so important to preserve the Juno Beach Centre?”
Keystone 1 was all about the historical significance of events and all that. I really enjoy learning about war but just the way this project was formatted left me impartial so what my favourite keystone was but this one was probably the easiest out of the other ones. For this keystone i chose to write about 3 historical significance topics, National Identity, Significance Elsewhere, and The Economy, being the topics I chose. Now I’m not gonna lie the first time I did this keystone I used Chatgtp and I did end up getting caught. Honestly we just got back from Disney and I didn’t wanna do this work so I just AI generated it. Don’t worry don’t worry I needed up redoing the whole thing BY MYSELF so yea, lesson learned. Press down there to view 👇🏼
keystone 2 is where things started ramping up. For this keystone we began learning about rhetorical analysis writing and how to use it for our essays. What we did was we had to read a short article then pick out the key information and put them into specific groups like Purpose, Perspective, Audience, Ethos, Pathos, logos, etc. To get us warmed up for this main task we got put into ground to dissect a different article in the same kinda format. Not I’m not gonna lie I found this keystone pretty tricky as I’m not a rhetorical kinda guy you know. So I read the article, made my points, talked about it and all that stuff and submitted it. But wait! Once I submitted once I was surprised to see that there was a part 2! Part 2 of this keystone is kinda hard to explain. Here we started picking out our topics, so I picked mine out and with these topics we had to analyze our own topics and how we’d use the different tools of rhetorical analysis to answer our own questions. This part was also tricky for me but again I did it and did it well 💪🏽
The last final keystone was actually writing our essays. Now that we had learned all about WWII, Juno Beach and rhetorical analysis in our writing it was time to combine all of these and forge our essays. Part of these keystone was actually the writing process. The first step to this keystone was to write a thesis. I wrote my thesis and wasn’t very proud of it and was a little rushed to I went to get feedback and I already got approved. How lucky 😁.
Anyways step 2 was brain storming where we had to say the different ways we can tie in Pathos and Logos into our essays and give a small list of that. This part was also pretty easy I just put it off to the side for a little longer than I should have.
Step 3 was actually forming a first draft. I spent quite awhile on my first draft trying to make it as good as I could with the info I had had. Once our drafts were finished we would get peer feedback from 2 different classmates, hand in those screenshots of the feedback then make those changes. I got my feedback from Colton and Erik and surprisingly I was really impressed with how helpful both their feedback was which really helped my essay get to the next level.
finally we had to take this feedback and make the changes to hand it in to our teacher and Fraser as well because he was making a book or something out of them idk. Anyway I’m actually really proud of how my final essay turned out and fell really accomplished in the sense of “yea I just did all that.”
In conclusion this project was kind of mid getting a high 7/10 for learning and a low 3/10 for fun. No hate it just wasn’t a very exiting project. Although I did learn a lot about WWII, and even more about Canadas contribution, I feel like I demonstrated a strong use of rhetoric writing in my essay, and being able to take text and info and put it into a strategically written essay describing my thought and opinions on a specified topic.