Friday, 9 December 2016

Patrick Watson English Summative


Patrick Watson
English Summative Blog Post

This blog post is entered as my summative example of what I learned during this semester's English course.  To do this I want to highlight both some of my successes and needs of improvement, both which have helped extend my learning. I am going to focus on specific examples of my work to show this.

My Ethics Presentation: allowed me to demonstrate writing, technology skills, media interpretation, organisation, research, oral presentation skills, curiosity and critical thinking.

One of my favourite assignments we worked on this semester was the ethics presentation. It allowed me to explore the topic of artificial intelligence, an area I was curious about. I felt this project challenged me to think on a number of different levels. It made me think critically about our future and also about the morality of how technology is impacting our society.

In my ethics presentation, I began by demonstrating the use of planning and organising skills. For example, in my ethics presentation I first created a series of questions or subpoints I wanted to answer, then I used these as the main topics for my slides.  Then I researched each question by processing information from various websites, listening to information from Ted Talks and other reputable sources. Once I had answered these questions I used the information and compacted it into short points and put them in my slides in a format that was easily readable in a slideshow.

I also showed the use of critical/creative thinking processes by providing pictures for each slide that demonstrated relevance to my main points. I also believe that humour is a good tool to catch reader’s attention. In this slide show, my use of the Terminator image was both humorous and serious at the same time because it showed a possible future where allowing A.I. to take over had some serious ethical consequences.

In my ethics project, I made sure that I had added the correct definitions for the main point of my project (A.I. and A.S.I) and showed examples of A.I. which provides more insight of my critical thinking.

Finally, in my concluding presentation, I provided evidence of my communication skills as I explained to my fellow students what I had learned about Artificial Intelligence, discussed some of the forms of A.I. that existed and whether we should be concerned.  The oral presentation was evidence of my use of technology to add quality to my presentation I joined pictures that I would capitalise on by explaining the pictures.



My Algernon Point of View Project and the Discussions demonstrated an understanding of point of view, creative writing, initiative, responsibility, leadership, and organisation.

In this assignment, I really enjoyed the writing process. During this project, I discovered that I could express my creative thinking in a way that did not feel like it was just a regular essay because I had enjoyed reading the book. As a result, I thought it was one of my best pieces. This essay really presents the creative aspect of my mind. I used the title  “Algernon’s Tiny Carvings” because Algernon does not have a paper and pen to write with, so he has to scratch his writings onto the floor of his cage. When I reflect back on how I came up with this writing I feel really positive about that idea. I also feel that this writing was evidence of my understanding of point of view as I was able to write from the point of view of Algernon the mouse.

For this essay, I also had a well-structured planning process. I used a 3x4 table. At the left of the table I provided the date of Algernon's writing (day 7), in the middle I had added what was going to happen that day and on the right of the table, I included the criteria to make sure I had matched it as much as possible. From that structure, I was able to effectively and efficiently produce my Flowers for Algernon point of view essay.

As well I also regularly participated in all Flowers for Algernon class discussions. The Flowers for Algernon discussion was definitely something I did well in. Participating in discussions allowed me to capitalise on some of my communication strengths, as I am a confident conversationalist and an extrovert. I think this really helped with my creative and critical thinking throughout the discussions. During the discussions, I was able to organise ideas and information and express them in opinions. This was because I came to the discussions well prepared. This took me quite awhile, as I had sticky notes in my book to bookmark certain quotes to help back me up. After I was done reading the book I would also go onto SparkNotes and read over the summary for the progress report we are discussing, I would also add portions of SparkNotes to my notes to help throughout the discussion. I believe this showed that I was demonstrating responsibility to the group as I was prepared to contribute.  I also felt that this showed initiative as most of my peers simply read the book and “winged” it.

In conclusion, I feel this assignment and unit clearly demonstrated my understanding of point of view, creative writing, leadership, and organisation and also allowed me to show my strengths at communicating with people and preparing for discussions.


Tragically Hip Unit: this unit I did poorly on however through analysing my poor performance I demonstrated  that I can reflect and conduct self-assessment, and I learned that I need to improve in time management, initiative, regulation as well as on my understanding of literary techniques in poetry.

38 Pistols Presentation:

I learned a few things about myself when I look back at my effort towards this project. This was early in the year and I was not organised or prepared yet for the work that was expected from us.  I failed to read and understand the criteria. However, through reflecting on my results I realised I needed to develop my planning skills, improve in my reading for understanding and to be better prepared for our classes.  I also did not spend any time learning the components of poetry. I feel that even though I did not achieve the criteria, I still learned a lot through these early failures. “It's failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” - Ellen DeGeneres

Tragically Hip Essay:

My Tragically Hip essay definitely was not one of my best pieces of work. For starters, the research reflected little effort. I quickly skimmed through websites about the Tragically Hip and would simply write information that was not always from reputable sites, as a result some of my information might or might not have been true. As well I never cited my sources. This also showed a lack of planning and organisation.  

Overall I learned a tremendous amount during this class that helped me grow as a student.  I improved my writing skills and how to organise my thoughts.  I also developed my ability to think critically and sort and sift through media information to find useful and relevant information and with this summative I really learned about editing and rewriting.  I also developed an understanding of  how to compare and contrast, the importance of discussion, what it means to be a leader and plan for success.  Most of all I enjoyed English as a class for the first time.

The final part of my summative is a Rap Song  summarising the year. I hope you enjoy.

A Rap Song by P. Patty Watson - Rap Name

What I learned in English Class
We woke up in the morning with How do you Feel
Followed by a Moment of Zen that filled me with Zeel
Then Suddenly I was Hip to the Man
Gord Downie a poet from Can
Presentations are the way in this house
Followed by Algernon the mighty Mouse
The Mighty C that's what Shawna wants from Me
Creativity, Critical Thinking and Communication that's all me
All American boy that's P Patty Watson that's Me
Logging on my blog, things that we do
Debating Donald Trump and his bad hairdo
Time to go and post my summative
Hopefully it's informative

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Business Letter





_____________________________________________________________________________
Patrick Watson
123 Your Street
Scranton, ST 1725
(123) 456-7890c

4th September 20
Patty Watts
Boss, Dunder Mifflin
1725 Slough Avenue
Scranton, ST 1725
Dear People who read my blog. Hello,
I would like to announce the opening of my blog. The purpose of this blog is solely professional, I will be posting most or all of the work I have completed through the year and will also be posting professional things I think is important.    
On behalf of the students of Cedar Ridge High School, I am going to tell you what we do here in 21st Century Literacy. First off I would like to state that this course is no ordinary course because it is two course taught in one business and English. This course has been mixed and flipped to perfection. One aspect I love about this course is that there are no test just projects and I think that is very smart because when you get a job you are not writing tests you are doing projects.
   
Sincerely,




Patrick Watson

Monday, 28 November 2016

Your Favourite Outdoor Activities Introduction 
I had introduced a survey about the outdoors and what was your favourite outdoor activity to play. I had 10 responses. The answers I had gotten were different than I had anticipated but none the less they were helpful to my study. My interests for this particular survey was to see what activities my peers enjoyed and what kind of basic concepts are needed for the activity, for example, "what kind of terrain does your activity require". Results I asked 5 simple questions 
1. List one or more outdoor activity you enjoy doing 2. Explain why you like this/those activity 
3. What do you prefer 
4. What kind of terrain does your activity require 
5. Does your activity require a team or just yourself As you can see my questions are quite basic but the responses I got for my first question was different than I had expected, I had thought that the majority would answer with more organized sports such as hockey or soccer but instead the majority had given me sports that are kind of organized or not at all for example skiing and skateboarding. I guess I should’ve expected these answers given that our school is very different than other schools and some ways the people that go to our school are also different. The second question the answers were as expected, My sport is fun, it’s relaxing etc. Third question What do you prefer? 60% Outdoor 20% Indoor 20% Other As shown in the pie graph the majority was outdoor activities which I had found surprising because in today's world people assume that you are always glued to your technology which can be true but shown on my survey even though the outdoor people may be always on their computer they find the outdoors more enjoyable. In conclusion, my answers were quite surprising and unexpected.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Your Favourite Outdoor Activities Introduction I had introduced a survey about the outdoors and what was your favourite outdoor activity to play. I had 10 responses. The answers I had gotten were different than I had anticipated but none the less they were helpful to my study. My interests for this particular survey was to see what activities my peers enjoyed and what kind of basic concepts are needed for the activity, for example, "what kind of terrain does your activity require". Results I asked 5 simple questions 1. List one or more outdoor activity you enjoy doing 2. Explain why you like this/those activity 3. What do you prefer 4. What kind of terrain does your activity require 5. Does your activity require a team or just yourself As you can see my questions are quite basic but the responses I got for my first question was different than I had expected, I had thought that the majority would answer with more organized sports such as hockey or soccer but instead the majority had given me sports that are kind of organized or not at all for example skiing and skateboarding. I guess I should’ve expected these answers given that our school is very different than other schools and some ways the people that go to our school are also different. The second question the answers were as expected, My sport is fun, it’s relaxing etc. Third question What do you prefer? 60% Outdoor 20% Indoor 20% Other As shown in the pie graph the majority was outdoor activities which I had found surprising because in today's world people assume that you are always glued to your technology which can be true but shown on my survey even though the outdoor people may be always on their computer they find the outdoors more enjoyable. In conclusion, my answers were quite surprising and unexpected.

Monday, 17 October 2016

I Am Leader

Patrick Watson                                                                                                       Sep 20th, 2016
I Am A Leader


There are many aspects to being a leader, you could probably think of a few right now, but what are some of the key parts of being leader, here are a few key parts to being a leader. To be a leader you will need to quite creative, always positive even in rough times and communication.

Being creative is a very important leadership skill especially if you are in an environment where you constantly need to be thinking of new ideas all the time, but really in any work environment if you are a leader you will always need to be creative like for example if have a plan that you need someone to do it might not go as well as you thought and you will have to be creative and add things into the plan to help the plan flow better. Being creative will always be an important aspect of being a leader in anything you do.

You may not think that being a positive leader has a big effect on your leadership skills but it really can have a big effect. If you aren't being a positive leader in your work environment it will affect how efficiently you work and will also mirror onto your co-workers and create a bad working environment because of the bad attitude you have projected. Being a positive leader does not just mean showing up to work with a smile slapped onto your face and sending good vibes through the office, it is also showing it through work if you’re presenting something maybe add a little joke or just spice it a little to cheer up the room. Staying positive at work is always important and that is way it is a good leadership skill.

Communication is the glue that holds everything together when it comes to leadership skills if have a very creative and positive idea to purpose to your audience and you can’t convey your team to like your idea someone else might take the spotlight with good communication skills and convey the team towards that idea even though yours might be better. In the end pitching ideas in a business it is a must to be able to communicate well with others.

Being positive, creative and having good communication are all key aspects of being a leader.  

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Big Catch

Patrick Watson                                                                        sep 24th, 2016
The Big Catch

Out in the evening trolling buckshot lake
fishing for a pickerel all yummy juicy
Going slow down the lake
So I don't make a wake
And scare away all the fishy’s


Pickerel’s the goal
But all I’ve been doing is harassing these bass
Although that’s fun I really hope the pickerel will bite


It’s getting really late
They’ve got to bite
I’m sure they will it’s bite
it’s got to be fate

I feel a few nibbles
Then a big chomp
I sought
I fought
I caught

My poem relates to one of Gord Downie's poem styles because this is a true story. For the record this walleye meets the ontario guidelines for sector 17 stating that the slot size limit for keeping and eating is 35-55cm. This particular walleye was 50cm