Monday, February 19
I have finally found a mentor! After talking with Mrs. Mulder today, I went to room 111 during lunch and talked with Mr. Findley, the creative writing English teacher of Gleneagle. Mr. Findley, who has some experience and knowledge about In Depth and creative writing, has agreed to be my mentor. We scheduled a meeting to talk about In Depth for Wednesday, February 21 at 1:35pm.
Wednesday, February 21
Unfortunately, a presentation project for Mr. Findley’s block 4 class was rescheduled to today, and we were not able to meet. However, we did have time to quickly schedule a new meeting. Mr. Findley first suggestion tomorrow, Thursday February 22, but I am away from school because of the BC Winter Games in Kamloops. We agreed on a new meeting time: Monday, February 26 at lunchtime. Hopefully this is the only time a class project reschedule will make In Depth difficult… it seems I will have to think of a way to schedule mentor meetings that work for Mr. Findley and me to avoid the obstacle of classes and time issues.
Monday, February 26
I had my first mentor meeting with Mr. Findley today at lunch. Mr. Findley is a great mentor, and a very knowledgeable person. I really enjoyed the lesson and the style Mr. Findley teaches in. Mr. Findley teaches creative writing in a very autonomous way; by guiding young writers along the path they want and choose to take.
As a creative writing teacher, Mr. Findley has access to many worksheets and handouts for creative writing. He emailed me two documents; a character worksheet, and the English 12 Vocabulary package. Two main words/terms that came up today that I want to learn more about are ‘Hero’s Journey Story Arc’ and ‘Anti-Hero’.
My plans are to read over the two packages Mr. Findley sent me, figure put how the ideas in the packages relates to the novel I plan to write, check in with Mr. Findley over email, and plan a face-to-face meeting for next week or early the week after.
Oh, and I promised Mrs. Mulder I would share a piece of my writing. A part of my writing for my planned novel is already posted on my blog (Night of the Spirit Walkers), but here is a snippet of writing I found from a short story. I wouldn’t be using this for In Depth, but I hope I can use my new In Depth knowledge to expand this and many other short stories.
Moonlight illuminated the forest, reflecting off the curl of smoke in the distance. A lone figure sprinted through the woods toward the direction of the smoke. The figure jumped lightly over tree roots and streams, racing with swift speed through the forest, stopping at nothing to reach his destination as the wind rustled softly through the summer trees, as if whispering, urging him to run faster.
Fire. The sacred forest, home of magical spirits and creatures, was on fire.
What is the story of the 2018 BC Winter Games?
- BC Winter Games Silver Medal Pin awarded to Michelle Bettauer for Ringette
- Secondary Source; although the picture was taken by me at the time of the event, the inquiry question is not about this pin, or about ringette, but rather a more broad question on the BC Winter Games as a whole. If the inquiry question was about the pin or the Zone 4 ringette team, then the source would be primary.
- Photo of the object was taken on Sunday, February 25 2018 at 2:21pm in Kamloops, BC, at the 2018 BC Winter Games.
- The photo was taken by me, 2 hours after the pin was gifted to me by the Winter Game officials.
- The source was created after the gold medal final ringette game of the 2018 BC Winter Games, after the medal ceremony, and taken before the closing ceremony of the BC Winter Games
- The pin in the source was gifted to the winners of the silver medal of all sports and categorizes of the 2018 BC Winter Games
- The pin has the design of the BC Winter Games official logo on it
- What kind of metal is this pin made of
- Is this pin awarded at every BC Winter Game, or is this the first time?
- Is this pin awarded at the BC Summer Games?
- What does this say about the 2018 BC Winter Games as a whole?
Inferences about Perspective:
- The creator of the source was a part of the silver medal winning ringette team of the 2018 BC Winter Games.
- The creator of the source might have taken this picture so they could show of their second place award/accomplishments and share their pride.
- The target audience, based on the inference above, would be the friends and family of the creator of the source.
- The creator of this source probably took the picture as soon as possible to share their win with their friends and family who care about them quickly because the friends and family are very happy for the creator of this source.
Inferences about Inquiry Question:
- Specific coloured pins are awarded to the winners of the medals as an additional reward/reminder/souvenir. This could mean that the officials of the 2018 BC Winter Games wanted to participants to feel proud of themselves and have another reminder of the experience they had.
- If there is a pin for silver, then there is a pin for bronze and gold.
Cause and Consequence: Why do events happen, and what are the impacts?
Evidence: How do we know what we know about the past?
‘How do we know what we know about the past?‘ is the most important question in a Social Studies class because if your sources and knowledge isn’t true and viable, you can’t learn about history because your learning will be false. Learning about what makes a good source, what makes a primary source, and how to make good questions and inferences from and about sources sets up a base for learning about history. Knowing about sources also allows students to identify false, biased, or presentism in information, and helps learners find non-biased information they can trust. Learners also need to know how to identify parts of a source for multiple reasons; knowing how to find the author of a source, publish date of the source, where the sources comes from, and more helps a student identify credible sources, create references and bibliographies, and use synthesis to establish new information.
‘Why do events happen, and what are the impacts?‘ is the most important question to consider for a vibrant and challenging Social Studies experience this year (in my opinion). It is also the question I would like to learn about/focus on the most. This question focuses more on the event aspects of history (cause) and on impact, such as how a decision can change the outcome in a historical event and how different decisions have different consciences and outcomes. It would be very interesting to learn how changing a single decision in a historical event can change that events and possibly other event’s actions and impacts, and how events lead to each other through cause and effect. Learning who and what impacted/caused an event creates a better understanding on the impact/influence that event has in history, people, culture, and the world.
I have not been able to find a mentor yet. Despite all the things I have done to find one, the struggles of time, schedule, location, and topic remain hard obstacles to face. I have researched Tri-City creative writing clubs, SFU creative writing programs, Coquitlam writing programs, and many more, but they all were unavailable for me to take for a variety of reasons:
Time: The time slot for the program meet ups were at difficult times that I could not make due to school.
Schedule: The time slot for the program meet ups were on days where I did not have time because of school and sport.
Location: The program was located much too far away for bus or parent driver, or located to far and scheduled too close to the end of school.
Topic: The program did not focused on the topic I wanted to learn about, creative writing and fantasy writing, but on more formal and presentation writing, or other types of writing that do not interest me right now.
I am very busy right now due to a long school schedule (8:00am – 3:40pm Monday-Friday) and a ringette (sport) schedule for three different teams (though the Bc Winter Games Team finishes after Sunday, February 25). Seasons are slowly ending, so I will have more time, especially (for now) over Spring Break.
I have talked to Mr. Salsbury about my predicament, and have decided to talk with all the other English teachers in the school to see if they know someone/could be my mentor. In the meantime, I have gathered all four course videos from ‘The Write Practice’ and am ready to start learning from them. I also found another writing contest I can enter; write a 50,000+ word story on either romance or suspense and submit by April 1, 2018. While I am unsure if I will take this contest (a 50,000 word story with limited time in a genre I’m not very experienced in will be very difficult), I have picked out an idea and am using my English ZIP research about story planning/mapping to create a story plan.
In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we see that our emotions often influence our perceptions of the world around us when the mechanicals, six hardworking men, plan a play for the duke’s wedding. One of the actors, Nick Bottom the weaver, has a very fixed mindset about himself and the world that he bases on his emotion of pride. Bottom wants to play all the parts in the play, because he believes, based on his pride, that he is such a great actor that he can play every and all parts perfectly. For example, Bottom wants the Lion’s part because he thinks that he is so good that “I will make the duke say, ‘Let him roar again, let him roar again”, when in reality Bottom is not as good as he pridefully claims (1.2. 65-68).
Bottom’s pride impacts his perception of the world, making him believe he is much better than he truly is in acting, singing, and more. He believes that people are astounded by his talent and skills, when in reality he makes many mistakes such as saying, “I will roar you as gently as any sucking-dove”, when the term should be sucking lamb (1.2. 75-76). Bottom makes many of this literary mistakes, but his pride causes him to think he is correct, and that people believe he is smart because of his vocabulary. The other mechanicals, except for Peter Quince, the leader of the play, seem to think that Bottom is very smart and is a good actor, although a bit prideful. This amplifies Bottom’s pride, leading him to think that the thoughts, reactions, and emotions of the other mechanicals about him is the same other people. Bottom thinks everyone has the same thoughts and feelings about him; that he is an amazing actor and singer, and a great leader and person.
Bottom’s emotions blinds him from the reality of himself, and the reality of situations in the world, because his perception is tinted by the glasses of pride.
Previously: I have researched a few possible mentor sources, talked with Mr. Morris on his opinion, and have started researching the SFU Creative Writing Department. I will hopefully start sending some emails out soon.
Update on In Depth Status:
I have not been able to find a local mentor that can spend time personal with me. Although I have been busy, I have been trying to find some courses/programs I could take in writing. Some options for now are:
- Finding a course/program from the SFU creative writing program
- Finding a course/program for the Port Moody, Coquitlam, or similar library
The third option is ‘The Write Practice’: an online community fo writers that host an assortment of free or pay courses, articles, contests, emails, and challenges. I have previously entered a writing contest with them, and receive free emails with courses, updates, tips and information, articles, and other notifications.
• For In Depth, I have already participated in a 7 week challenge by ‘The Write Practice’ that was hosted last week. The challenge was to write 1000 words everyday for 7 days, and was accompanied by 7 emails with various tips, tricks, and information about writing that was very knowledge.
• I have also signed up for a free 3-part course from ‘The Write Practice’ that starts on Tuesday. The course is done through online videos and articles by writers from ‘The Write Practice’.
The only problem with using the write practice is that it is not a face-to-face mentorship, or a ‘personalized’ one. However, for now, it is my best option, and is a very knowledgeable and trustworthy opportunity. Depending on the course/program, you can communicate with other writers taking the course through a facebook group.
I will keep searching for a more ‘face-to-face’ mentorship/program & course to take, but will focus on signing up for online courses with ‘The Write Practice’.