DOL #3

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself at the start of the project?

I would have told myself to make my notes more structured. Right now, I have a quite vast array of knowledge to work with, but my biggest struggle is properly formatting and working with what I have.  Properly organizing and structuring my notes would easily help me build my presentation since I would know which info and concepts fit into this area. Now that I have organized my work, everything has become much smoother since I can navigate through my notes quickly. I would also tell myself to include a specific goal because I know struggle to keep my attention on my question due to the amount of knowledge being viewed.


What is a specific source of information that you have found valuable in answering your inquiry question? How has it proven valuable? Explain.

One of the greatest sources of information for me is the rhetoric worksheet passed to me by Mr. Morris. It has been extremely useful since it covers Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle. I have learned greatly about Pathos, Logos, and Ethos which contributes to my inquiry question as it is a method of persuasion in texts. I spent one whole block of class time recording down notes and information from the worksheet. I made sure to paraphrase it so I am furthering my own understanding rather than just copying down exactly what it says. The article has proved valuable due to its correlation to key concepts in persuasive writing. It covers many concepts and ideas which will be very valuable to my research and I plan on including a segment about it in my presentation. In conclusion, the article has added great depth to my research and provided me with much more substance to work with.


The biggest conflict in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is Junior’s ardent desire to escape his perpetual loop of being poor. When he says, “I want to transfer schools,” he is referencing that desire to escape being a normal Indian and become someone better (45). Junior doesn’t want to spend his whole life in the rez and living like every other Indian. He wants to break the mold and become an Indian who surpasses the chains of poverty and race. Junior feels that the rez is much too small for him and he will be stuck there like everyone else. When Junior says. “Indian boys weren’t supposed to dream […] and white girls from small towns weren’t supposed to dream big,” he expresses his repressed emotions to Penelope (112). He knows that the world already set standards for Indians like him. Therefore, Junior sparked such a hardened resolve to break through that mold. He is disappointed when he realizes that Indians like him don’t deserve to manifest their destiny. Which is why Junior tries so hard to break free. The inciting incident of this improbable desire stems from when he received his textbook in school. When Junior says, “My school and tribe are so poor and sad that we have to study from the same dang books our parents studied from,” he is grieving over how poor and sad his tribe is (31). Junior wants and needs a change in his life and moving to Reardan seemed to be his only hope. Junior knows that Reardan will be a new environment that an Indian has never step foot in, but he needed a chance to escape. This conflict is huge because it revolves around a life-changing decision for Junior and his future.



Record a journal entry of how you used one of our in-class focus blocks.  What did you accomplish during this time? What did you struggle with? What might be your next step in your focus block? Set a goal.

Journal Entry: December 8

In this work block, I completed a lot of reading and research. I spent most of the block reading through Sarah Norton’s ESSAY ESSENTIALS WITH READINGS and an assignment about rhetoric assigned by Mr. Morris. During the block, I continuously read and digested the information before paraphrasing it into my notebook. I had accomplished a lot because I wrote down little snippets of information (about writing persuasively) and examples on how to properly execute and use them persuasively. One of the major struggles I faced was when I realized that it was quite hard to pinpoint the info I was looking for. I could find a lot of info in many books, but it was all scattered. There was no key source of info where I could base most of my question on. This resulted in me scavenging through many articles and studies. My next goal is to continue paraphrasing concepts and ideas that I would like to talk about in my ZIP presentation. I plan to finish up my research on rhetoric by next class.



Over the last few days, we explored John Maxell’s How to be a REAL Success? lessons. From listening to his lectures, we learned about four distinct concepts which contribute to one’s success. Relationships, Equipping, Attitude, and Leadership. Relationship revolves around having good connections with others and borrowing their aid. However, it also just as important to have a good relationship with yourself. Equipping is another essential component to being a success. Equipping others is the process of teaching, helping, and making others understand concepts or jobs that you know how to do. Equipping allows you to raise another generation of skilled members which can in turn help you in your endeavors. As we learned from the law of Mt Everest, one is too small of a number to accomplish anything. Equipping helps you create your personal dream team to reach your goals. The third component is attitude. You must always have a positive and good attitude. You don’t want to ruin the mood of others around you and you want to set a good example for them. Your attitude is a choice and the way you behave is up to you. You can always change your attitude to make the atmosphere more pleasant for everyone else. Leadership is the final key component of becoming a real success. As a team, the productivity and effectiveness of the whole depends on the leader. A team can never surpass a leader’s ability to lead. It is important for the leader to organize and control the team before anything out of hand happens.

These concepts relate to T.A.L.O.N.S in a surprisingly close way. In T.A.L.O.N.S, I need to have good relationships with others so I can work efficiently and smoothly with others. Equipping is very important as well since everyone in T.A.L.O.N.S has different backgrounds. I will be able to gather an array of knowledge if everyone equips each other with their strongest points. My attitude also plays a huge role in T.A.L.O.N.S as well. I strive to bring a positive and calm atmosphere into the classroom so that no one feel’s too pressured into being perfect. I also want my team to be using their 101% in their work so I help them by encouraging them on with my 101%. Finally, leadership is one of the ways I can influence and lead my group. With good leadership abilities, I will be able to understand and work with everyone’s weaknesses and strengths into making an even better whole.


How do we convince others to agree with our points of view and perspectives?

I’ve always had a desire to be able to persuade and influence others to believe what I believe through writing. I selected this skill because it seemed like a very useful and interesting concept to explore. I feel that a skill as versatile as this can be applied to any situation and will show value soon. I am motivated to delve deeper due to my desire to be an influential and motivating writer. I also wish to explore the factors that can affect the believability of my writings and wish to be able to apply these concepts into other formats of text.

From prior experiences, I am aware of Pathos, Ethos, and Logos being on of the main methods of persuasion. I also have a bit of experience with persuasive writing from Middle School. One of the skills that I already have that will be helpful is my ability to write in a persuasive format. I also have good researching skills which will able me to find reputable and useful resources.

I want to be able to understand the concepts that make text believable and can incorporate that into any text. I also hope to have a deep enough understanding of these concepts so I can manipulate it into any way I want. I hope to be able to identify and correlate these concepts to the effect on the human perception and mind.

I can approach my classmates and teachers for help when I need aid. I can also approach my parents if there is an issue with the supplies I need or something along those lines.

Some useful resources I can use are articles that talk about rhetoric, persuasive writing, propaganda, and figurative language. These are all factors that can affect persuasiveness and they can all be good resources. I can also analyze the writing of others and identify the persuasive techniques used.

I hope to provide a lecture on the different concepts to persuade others as well as how to properly and effectively use them. I will show demonstrations and examples of optimal ways to appeal to the target audience. I will also go over considerations to take in before beginning to write anything. For example, something like target audience.

Week 1: Research rhetoric, persuasive writing, figurative language, and propaganda

Week 2: Learn how to properly format those concepts into text

Week 3: Start to produce artefact

Week 4: Format presentation and artefact together

Week 5: Polish any rough edges

Week 6: Present


This article was a great help for me when I wanted to talk about Teller’s connection and background in teaching. I find that it greatly connects with his magic career and it was the basis of my speech.–tellers-act

This article and video gave me a great outlook on the development of Teller. it talks about why Teller works silently as well.

This was an article that helped me get an insight on the connection between Penn and Teller and how they grew together.

This article gave me a good general timeline of what happened to Penn & Teller as well as their different interests other than magic.

This article helped me understand a bit about Teller’s personal and public philosophy on magic. It explored the orthodox methods of magic and how he exploits them and uses them to his advantage.

Overall, wikipedia has been a great way for me to find these resources. I scrolled to the bottom and found some of these links and sources in the reference section.


Pictures of learning centre could not be uploaded due to the limit of 1MB. Instead, I put them into a url which can be viewed by anyone:

I got to learn an enormous amount of info about Teller that I had no clue about beforehand. Finding all this interesting info about someone I looked up to was already a great success for me. I was very satisfied with my learning centre because I felt like it gave a clear understanding of why someone like Teller is so eminent. The learning centre was a great opportunity for me to share my information and understanding of Teller in a relaxed manner that suited me. I felt little to no stress (except for the beginning where I screwed up a few tricks), and had a great time explaining and performing for my audience. If there is something I really would like to improve on, it would be my speech. I rehearsed my speech and had a lot of info, but when I was on stage I screwed up a lot and forgot everything. I tried to cover up my mistakes, but my brain didn’t even know which lines I had said and which I had not. I would definitely rehearse and practice even more if I had the opportunity again.

  1. I will definitely remember all the stunning speeches that were performed in such a fluent and professional manner. I hope that I will be just as good next year when it is my turn. I am also going to remember going around and visiting everyone’s culmination of knowledge after working hard for so long. I will also remember my effort and thought put into my learning centre. My learning centre may not be as amazing as others, but I know that the creativity and effort I put into it is definitely worth remembering. It was both a rewarding and fulfilling experience to entertain and explain to my audience.
  2. First of all, I’d like to thank Mr. Morris for offering me guidelines to hand-in assignments so I don’t procrastinate to the last minute and screw myself over. I’d also like to thank my classmates for supporting me and helping me out whenever I am in need. For example, I felt my poster was a bit lackluster and Kailey helped to draw some simple images on my poster which filled in some extra space and made it a lot better. It was really nice to have people willing to help me in my time of need and I hope I was an assistance to someone else as well.


The concept of the learning centre was a bit ambiguous to me at the start. However, that quickly cleared up as soon as I built a goal in my mind. My favourite part of eminent must be the learning centre due to the freedom it gives the presenter. You can use it anyway you like to grab the attention of your audience. I created my learning centre with a visual prompt in mind. The main purpose of it is to form some sort of guideline for the audience to follow along as I explain the different concepts and ideas.

  1. One of the main ideas I wanted to share was Teller’s traits that make him eminent. I portrayed this using a board with flappable panels which form the name “TELLER.” Underneath each panel was a word that contributed to his overall eminence. I displayed Teller’s abilities to the audience by making connections with the audience. For example, I talked about the letter “L” which stands for “limited.” This was related to how Teller did not start magic with fancy props. Instead, he started with limited resources and used his creativity to create his original magic tricks. For “limited”, I also included torn and ripped cards behind me on the wall to express how he used cards until they were damaged and broken.


  1. Another idea that I wanted to portray is something Teller is recognized by: his silence. I talked about why he is silent and how revolutionary that is to the world of magic. I portrayed this thought by doing my magic in silence to give the audience a better feel of what it was like to connect to magician and focus purely on the art of magic without any distractions. I also performed magic while speaking to show the difference between magic with and without silence.


  1. The final idea I wanted to share was Teller’s versatility. Not only is he a stunning magician, but he has a great teaching philosophy, an amazing mind for writing plays and books, and an overall outstanding outlook in any category of art. Teller was someone who could take his revolutionary outlook and apply to any situation. He doesn’t only teach others with his experience, but he also takes in other’s experience to further his knowledge in other subjects. On top of that, his abilities are not only limited to arts. Teller belongs to a libertarian thinktank and is always fusing comedy, science, personal thoughts, and other concepts into his magic. The way he fuses it all together gives all his works a zing that no one else can replicate.