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Louis Riel: Hero Or Rebel?

For the last project of the semester we were focusing on Louis Riel. We were learning about him and how he was helping the métis from losing their land to the Canadians. The first part of the project we had to learn how to make small words into big words, for example, good, could be great. So we learned how to make proper sentences and not run on sentences. After that we watched a few videos about Louis Riel, one of them being the Heritage Minutes video of this last few words before death. A few things he loved were the Métis and his god. 

After we learned about Louis Riel, we moved on to our first draft of writing. We had to write about the portrayals of Louis Riel, and what happened during his lifespan. My first draft had many improvements to be made, however my next draft was almost perfect. I had around 6 revisions for 3 paragraphs. Which in my opinion is not a lot for the second draft, meaning I was ahead of a lot of the class. 

My final draft was a success I wrote everything according to the criteria. Here is my final draft:                                   

                   

                                        Louis Riel: Hero or Rebel?

Louis Riel has been portrayed in many ways, many Métis thought he was a hero, others, a government official, but to most people a mad man. Louis Riel was a hero to many Métis, by fighting and leading at Red River Rebellion, (1869-1870). The Canadians were raiding the Métis land and Riel was trying to defend it without the use of violence. He was slightly successful, he fled to Fort Gary (Winnipeg), however the Canadians now wanted to capture him. This made the British happy, because they viewed him as a criminal. The british were cheering on the Canadians to capture Louis Riel.

There has been many things made for Louis Riel, however the statues is what the majority of the public focus on. Some statues make him look strong,  but a handful of them made Riel look terrible.  Lemay and Gaboury’s statue made him look like he was trapped in a “cage” and was naked, showing him as weak. Joyal’s Louis Riel statue, more recently sculpted (1996) made Louis Riel look tall, he was holding the Métis bill of rights which made him look powerful and even intelligent. These statues have been very controversial. There was so much controversy, that the british thought of the Métis as invaders.

Since Thomas Scott, a Irish Protestant, who moved to the Canadians party, was rebelling against the Métis government, he was executed by a firing team. Once Louis Riel surrendered himself he was hung for the murder of Thomas Scott. Although he was a criminal for killing Thomas Scott the Métis really liked Louis Riel for helping the Métis keep their land. Overall, portrayals of Louis Riel have changed, because people are now realizing how much more good than bad he has done. Everyone has their own perception of Louis Riel. The Métis don’t like the fact that Louis Riel killed Thomas Scott, however, he was just adhere to what he cared about the most, the Métis people, his God, and himself.

Overall, this was a great finish too my semester, considering I have not done english that semester. I liked the fact that we actually got to learn how to write before we actually had to finish our paragraphs. I think this was a well paced project considering I didn’t feel stressed. If I had the chance I would do this project or something like it again.

Metaphor Machines – Meiji!

This past month we have been working tirelessly to finish a project representing a revolution.

In the first week of the project we found out what we were doing, we were doing Rube Goldberg machines based on ancient revolutions, and we were doing the Meiji Revolution. Our first task was to get familiar with our revolutions so we made an infographic. After that, we got straight into building our Rube Goldberg machines. The first part of our machine was where a car would knock over books, and that represented the naval warships of America forcing the Japanese to open their ports. After that, we made a pulley system representing the rise of the new emperor Meiji and the fall of the old emperor. Once we finished building the pulley, we moved on to the dominos, the dominos represented the wars and conflicts the Meiji went through. Once the dominos were done, we made a “wrecking ball” representing the government swinging into new ideas, The wrecking ball hits a green ball that goes to my part. My part was a lego old style Japanese temple, which the ball roles through, then falls into a modern building representing the modernization of Japan. After that there is a ramp that represents the struggles that Japan went through. Then, a ball would roll through it and hit a rock which would turn on a light, representing the new ideas of Japan.

Once the exhibition started, the first few times it didnt work, however it started getting more consistent. I was the one setting it up most times so I was getting tired near the end of the exhibition. I think overall this project was a huge success because I like building physical products and we got to do that for a month straight. This was my favourite part of PLP so far.

Documentary

2 Week Film Challenge -The Dark

For the past 3 weeks, I have been working on a horror/thriller film with some of my friends. It was hard to get started, however, we finished it right on time.

The film we made was called the dark, it was about a man who was scared of the dark, then he went to a therapist, the therapist recommended exposure therapy. Exposure therapy is when you have a phobia of something and have to go do it or see it. For this man, it was The dark. So he went down to his basement, looked around for a second, then saw something behind him in the mirror. When he looked around, he thought it was all in his head. So then he put some laundry in the machine while he was down there. When he went up, he heard loud and big footsteps, however, it was only his child back from school. So he made sure no monsters were following him up the stairs and then right there a loud scream in front of him grabbed him and pulled him down the stairs. Then he suddenly woke up in his bed panting, and then it zoomed out, and the monster was seen in the mirror. (Video Link at The Bottom Of Page)

We had 2 weeks to make The Dark. To start the process of making the film, we had to make a script and storyboard. We ended up doing that in 2 days, therefore staying on track. The next chunk of it was filming at Seycove. We got a whole bunch of movement shots, like walking indoors, the therapist giving advice, and many others. However, we decided to switch up the roles therefore making us redo the entire movie. With only one week remaining, we got straight to work at one of my group mates’ houses. There was a perfect basement, perfect office-type area, and almost perfect everything. So we started with the therapist scene (I was the therapist)
We made the area look cozy and office-like, and then we started filming, it took around 5 shots to get it good. After the therapist scene we filmed him going downstairs and “seeing something in the mirror” This shot went smoothly only taking 2 attempts. Then we went to the laundry machine to get the ding of when it started. Once he went upstairs, we filmed his son getting home from school, and then the monster appearing in front of him. That was all we could film for the day, however, that was most of the film. The following day we worked on sound and editing. Once we finished the clips we went back to the house to get him waking up in the bed scene. Once all of that was completed, it was a matter of editing, which went by smoothly.

Overall I really liked this project because it brought our inner imagination out, as we have been more guided by the teachers for the last few videos we made. I would do this project again if I had the chance.

Video Link To The Dark

LOON LAKE LEARNING ADVANCE

This year we went to Loon Lake. Loon Lake is a place you take classes and do out door activities. When we first got there we got comfy and get set up for the night and then went to dinner. The food here was great. The first meal we had was garlic bread and lasagna. The next day we worked with Jono. Jono is the owner of Loon Lake, he was the person that taught us inside about many different things like, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership and much more. However, the first real activity we did was archery. I was pretty good at archery. There were 3 levels, one close, one medium, and one far. I did all of the, however the medium was my favourite. We found out our sleeping group a week , so we already knew where to go.

The next day we did another Jono session. After that we went to the climbing wall. I was last to go and almost made it to the top. After that, we went and did a scavenger hunt with puzzles. It was similar to the “amazing race”. We got last, however we had a very fun time. There was 7 puzzles, one of them involving water that was freezing cold.

When we had our sessions with Jono we learned tons. This trip changed my life in many ways. I learned that I am brave, which means I can do much more now. I also learned about thinking before you act. We learned that you think with your mind, feel with your hands, then think should I do this, with your heart. This strategy has helped me prevent conflicts with my friends, family, and others. I have also made good decisions in other places, like shopping and not spending as much money.

For the final idea, I’ll be answering the driving question, “How do the choices we make set our future path?” I think based on what we learned, we have to make the choice of who we are. Whether that is a Leader, a follower, or a bystander. I think I am a follower at this stage in my life but I would like to be a leader in the near future.

Take Your Kid To Work Day!

When I received the invitation to visit my mums work, a mixture of curiosity and excitement surged through me.

Every year grade 9s across Canada participate in an event called take your kids to work day. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like, your parents take you to their work. My mum works at BC Centre for Ability where they help children from 1-5 years of age with disabilities. They help them with things like walking, talking, climbing stairs, and other skills.

While I was there, I saw the room where my mum works with the children, (the children thought I was awesome). I learned about how if a child’s feet are spread wider, it means their balance skills are not as strong.

While we were there, I was filming a video of the day in a life of my mums work. I was showcasing how my mum works and what her office looks like. I even got to interview a nice mum of the child she was helping! (You can watch the video, the link is at the bottom of this post.)

Overall I think this job would suit me well. I found the kids funny, and the desk work didn’t look too difficult. My mums coworkers were super nice. I think this could be a possibility for my career. Thank you for reading my blog post.

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Alberta Field School: How The West Shaped Us

Every year in PLP we go on a field school. This year’s was very different, once I stepped on that bus, there was no going back. 55km of hiking later, I’ve arrived home.

This year we went to the Rocky Mountains. We had to answer our driving question, How has the geography of the West shaped who we are? We have been thinking about that question for a while, and even interviewed people to ask their opinions on it. We made up our own questions and made an “investigative video” based on what we learned from the strangers. (You can see it in my multi touch book!)

The 5 themes that we were learning about are, Location, Place, Human-environment interaction, Movement, and Region.

I learned that in the Rocky Mountains, they have bridges that go over highways so animals can safely walk across it! ⬇️ (Human Environment Interaction)

Another cool thing I learned is that the Rocky Mountains have many near-extinct animals that they take care of, for example, snails! They love to live in natural hot springs (sulpher). We ended up going to the hot springs and seeing them! (Region)⬇️This is the hot springs in the cave. There are snails in here but they are really hard to spot. This place is very cool to tourists but even cooler to anyone that knows about it. Way back when, there were two men, gold mining. However, they didn’t find gold, the men found a hole that smelled weird so they dug down and found this cool, natural hot spring. They thought it was super cool so they made it their business. Every day many people would come by to take a dip in the water for a small charge. However, they closed down in 1992.

To wrap this trip up, we went on loads of hikes, went to tons and tons of national parks, and even saw a bear! If I were to rate this trip on a scale from 1-10, I would have given it an 8, if there was a little less hiking I would have liked it more.

Here is a link to my multi-touch book, it includes an in-depth reflection on this trip. ⬇️

Alberta Videos

Have you ever been to Alberta? I have, thats what this blog will be based on. We had 4 video we had to make. The first one I will talk about will be the silent video.

The silent video was on the location of 3 valley gap. It has a ghost town, with many maniquins that helped us with our videos. My video was based on a murder. It was called conviction, and of course you could not talk because its a silent video. We also had to over exaterate our actions to make is more understanding for the veiwers that dont know whats going on.

The next video was based on a tiktok trend of your choice. I did a not so famous one where you encorporate the sound from cocomelon “are we there yet? Not yet!” And then after it said not yet it said yes and showed a whole bunch of photos from our trip. We had to plan the locations for our tiktok so we could get the footage before we had to leave.

The third video was an at home video. We did things that inspire me. I started off by showing my bike, because I love biking and I always had. Biking inspires me because my dad tought me when I was 2. Now im better than himand teaching him! After the biking portion I showcased my scooter. Then I showed my favorite skate park, Seylynn. I love it because there is a really good bowl to jump out of. After that I showcased my tricks ive landed.

 

We did an investigative video where we investigated our thesis and asked strangers questions that related to our thesis. I did 3 interviews.

 

Those were the four videos that we did for Alberta. I really liked this project and hope we do something similar again

 

Check out my other post with more info!

Alberta Field School: How The West Shaped Us

TPOL Blog Post

Sebastians TPOL of 2023
“Thank you for coming to my presentation of learning. I am the expert on my own learning. I am also responsible and accountable for my own learning. You can expect me to give an honest evaluation of my progress. We will discuss my strengths and opportunities for growth. Thank you in advance for listening and for offering feedback that I can use to improve as a learner.”

This Year has been my favorite year of school yet. I think PLP boosted my learning in ways that never happened before, like when I did something wrong in grade 7, I would not want to retry. However, when I joined PLP, I was excited to try again until I got it right. I think the way PLP gives small chunks of work at a time in the projects really works for me. I seem to be getting around 2 times the amount of work done because I don’t get overwhelmed by all of the work at once.

Recap

In the first semester, I did projects that didn’t spark much interest in me. I felt pretty bored with PLP, we had projects like, the avatar box, where you build a box based on your scene from Avatar, and the Consequences of Colonization, where you researched a lot, and we also had Blue eyed brutes in horns (Vikings research). I found all of these, not that fun. I think for next year the beginning will be fun because we will already have passed grade 8, and the beginning of grade 8 was like a test for us. But in grade 9, we already passed grade 8 so we can start doing fun projects right away.

The Bad Things about this year in PLP

I am least proud of my work in the first semester of school, which is understandable because I know more now and I am smarter. However, there is a project I dislike the most: The Outsiders Book. I disliked this one because it was really challenging for me because I’m a slow reader and we had to read it fast and take notes on it. So I fell really far behind and it got me stressed.

I found the revising part of PLP frustrating at first because I’ve never done anything like it. However, once the year went on I got more used to it and now I like it because my work is of higher quality. I also think its good to always know your first try is likely, not perfect so when I don’t get a revision I get very happy.

I feel like I failed at the avatar box project because I had the smallest box that didn’t represent much, but at the end of the project, I got a few additions to touch it up like adding some fake trees. I also think I failed at this one because I was not prepared for the exhibition.

The good things about this year

I feel like I did very well this year in things I didn’t do well last year, like being organized, chatting with people (inappropriate times) and focusing on the task at hand and working on it at appropriate times

I’ve seen in a few of my classmate’s works, they use animations to reveal words or pictures, and it brings a lot of life to their work so I want to try to do that next year. I’ve also seen a few of my classmates use Canva, however, I never really understood how Canva works, so I’m going to try to learn before grade 9. I think these are some good skills to learn

There is a skill I need to “learn” for next year. I need to learn who good people are to sit with, and not sit with people that play games all class and don’t focus. I have mostly learned this, however, we get put into random seating arrangements most days.

Experiences

One of our main projects is ad making. We went to Oregon for this to talk with our clients about how they wanted their ads developed. My ad was based on Kam Meng, the local Chinese restaurant. When me and my group mates were interviewing, we practiced, so it went smoothly. We got all the information we needed for the ad. So with that done, we enjoyed the Chinese food. Then we were moving home, it was a long drive but I watched a few movies then realized I was home.
In the end of the ad making journey, we had another exhibition; Pathways! Where we showcased our ads to the public and had them ask questions. We had to set up a stand with things related to your attraction, so we put up bamboo, piano, fortune cookies, bamboo extract (7 up), and bamboo crackers. This was definitely my favorite and best, project.

Driving Question

Why do I feel like I am ready to move on to grade 9? I feel I am ready because, since the beginning of the year, I have gotten way smarter, more mature, taller, and have learned different skills for being a grown-up.

Thank you for listening to my tPOL of 2023 I hope you enjoyed it. Now you can ask questions about my tPOL.

Oregon Coast Study Reflection

In Oregon, we learned many few things. However here, I will tell you my favorites.
how to change in your sleeping bag, Learned to abort wolves and wolf dogs, how to Zipline (getting over my fears of them, courage, etc) sealife (whales, and how big they are and what sound they make)
– how to hold a crabs
– Plankton is any thing in water that cant move by itself.
– how guns way back When could turn 360 and shoot at water
– I can survive Without my phone

Oregon Coast Feild School

Hi everyone, this past week has been very cool. PLP, our school program, took us to oregon as a field school (field study). The drive was very long, 9 hours total. We took a few stops on the way. We went to Clarks Restaurant, an old school burger and milkshake restaurant. I got a burger and fries there, it was pretty good. When we hit the road again, We went to the Astoria column. The Astoria Column is a tall tower in Astoria, Oregon looking over the Columbia River. A tradition at Astoria Column is throwing little wooden gliders off the tower. Since no one in our class wanted to buy them, you can look for ones people threw off the building and get them for free. So we did that and then kept on moving down the road. We then went to our first stopping place, KOA (“Kampground” of America). However before we got there, our bus broke down! Luckily we were only about 5 minuets away so we got towed to the KOA. Then we all went to sleep.

The next day came, and we walked to Fort Stevens. Fort stevens was the only fort in the USA to ever get attacked. Today we were going zip lining however we had no bus! So one of my teachers put out on Facebook if anyone had spare cars, and the owner of the local Ford dealership showed up in a limousine! So we all took the limousine to the zip lining. One we were there, we stared. I was super scared because I had never zip lined in my life, I was super scared until I got on. Then I realized it was awesome! We went through all the zip lines, then the last one was over water, and you could get the “super soak” which is where you get dunked all the way under the water. You also had the option of water skiing on your heels or you could do finger drag on the water. I did the finger drag because I only had one pair of shoes. Once we left the zip-lining.

We spent some of the next day at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, where you could see the old days of shipping things and cool interactions of tugboats and things like that. After that we went for my favourite lunch, Pig N’ Pancake. It was a awesome place for breakfast and lunches, I ordered their Chicken burger, however I wish I ordered the Chicken Nuggets because 2 of my friends ordered them and they looked so good. However I still loved my chicken burger. After everyones stomaches were stuffed, we went to cannon beach. The home of Haystack rock, which you may have heard of. Its the 3rd largest bird breeding rock! We weren’t there for the rock though, we were there for the tide pools. We saw some mini catfish, some giant green anemone, (I’ve never seen one before) and my favourite of all, but not in the tide pools were: Puffins! Ive always wanted to see one and on that day I did through the help of someones telescope pointed to the rock! Then we went for another drive over to Tillamook Creamery, the home of cheese (and ice cream and yogurt) but mostly cheese. When we first went in this place was massive, so we walked over to the place where they make the cheese. We all learned that cheese weighs 40 pounds!!! We were all so shocked my this, that we watched a video on the ice cream making here, and it was incredible. Once we were all done watching, we went to taste test the cheese, my favourite was Colby Jack. So we once again hit the road. Once we got to the yurts again we had some dinner and then went for a walk at the beach at night and we saw the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, A lighthouse that has been lighting for 150 years! However once we got back every went to sleep because we had a big day tomorrow.

We went whale watching! When we first hit the water we put crab traps in, and I got to put it in the water, but before that we had to kiss the fish for good luck. After 2 traps were set, we went to cross the bar into the ocean, we didn’t see any whales, but loads of pelicans following the boat. Once we came back we picked up the crab traps and mine unfortunately didn’t catch any crabs. However my friends caught 2 crabs. The guide taught us how to hold a crabs. It was really cool. We then went by at least 20 sea lions sun bathing on rocks, and I love sea lions so I was really excited. Once we left we went for lunch. Then we went digging for ghost shrimp for research because after we measured them because they are going extinct and we were helping this guy do his research. Then we spent the rest of the day at the yurts.

The next day we went back to the ghost shrimp digging site because we made ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) and used them in small pools. Then we left we went for lunch. Then we went to Yaquina Head Tide Pool beach. And we saw some seals with babies and we saw an octopus and a whale. This was my favorite tide pool stop of the trip. It was super cool! Then we went for a short drive to dinner, Kam Meng. The Group I have asked questions about because this entire trip led up to this for me (everyone had different places they interviewed.) When I and my group mates were interviewing, we practiced, so it went smoothly. We got all the information we needed for the ad. After we enjoyed the Chinese food, we went back to the yurts.

Today we went to Bullwinkle’s, an amusement park! We stayed for about 4 hours. We had pizza and drinks, then loads of fun on the go-karts and zip-lines. We also got 5$ worth of credits for the arcade. Once the 4 hours were up, we kept on driving, until dinner. Instead of eating at Chipotle, we stopped at Fire On the Mountain Wings, they were pretty good, but we didn’t get enough food. We kept driving, and at this point, it was very late (10:00pm – 10:30pm). We ended up arriving at the hotel around 11:00pm, so everyone was sent straight to bed. In the morning we had a good breakfast, then went to wolf haven, a wolf sanctuary. It was cool, just pretty boring. Once we left, we were on our home stretch to get home. It was a 5-hour drive. We ended up arriving at 8:50, so I still had a chance to say hi to my pet and family.