Theme Park Project






I had three main areas of work for this project. The first was the shows for our theme park. As a group, we brainstormed ideas for all of the requirements but my task was to refine and write our ideas for the shows. I was able to write about the descriptions and connections of the shows and find images to go with the shows. Then, I worked with Makenna to put together our merchandise. I made logos on Canva and edited them onto the different merchandise we wanted. We then divided the writing portion of the items and I wrote about the homeschool apparel and the bible journal. Next, I put together the sections Makenna and I had worked on (Characters, Shows, Merch) onto the brochure. After designing the brochure and adding images to those parts I put slides out for the map and rides because they weren’t quite ready. I also got some of the extra details like the hours and the contest that Makenna wrote up ready for the map slide. Lastly, I worked with Makenna to put together the slide show with the parts we created. Tomorrow I’ll be presenting about the shows and some of the merchandise.

Eminent Practice Interview Reflection

The practice interviews we did on Wednesday were helpful to gain more experience and feedback on our interview skills. They were conducted with our classmates which made them less scary than when we do our real interviews, but they helped me get an idea of what my interview could look like.

The first part of the interview that I learned I could improve on was my pacing. Natalie was the one assessing me, and she mentioned that I was moving through the questions quite quickly. For my interview, I think I should try not to rush through anything and give lots of time for responses. This is important because it will help me get information about my eminent person that I might not have known to ask about for. I also want to not rush through my questions so that the person I interview can understand what I was looking for in the answer. If I give bad explanations to questions, I can’t expect to get the information I need for this project.

During the interview, I also got to practice being aware of how I am coming across to the person I was interviewing. In interviews, there are a lot of considerations for how you hold yourself and what kind of energy you give off to the person you are interviewing. For the interviews we did, I practiced showing the person that I was interviewing that I was engaged and interested in their answers. Something I still had to work on was making sure that I was not fidgeting and moving around too much. This can be distracting for the people that are answering questions and I would not want them to forget an answer or lose their train of thought. This might be less important because our interviews will not be in person but was still helpful to practice for the future.

The last part of the practice interview that I found helpful was getting some positive feedback. It helped me build confidence in skills that I was told were the strengths of my interview. Natalie mentioned that I was responding to the answers in a way that helped keep the flow of the interview going. I found this helpful because I now know to stick to how I was responding to the interviewee’s answers for my eminent interview.

The practice interview helped me practice new skills in a low-stakes environment. I was able to learn what I can focus on improving on for my interview and what I was already doing well. When doing an interview, you do not usually get any feedback so this experience was helpful for any interviews I do in the future.

Introductory Blog Post Reflection

I found the process of looking at other people’s blogs was a great way to learn about topics I wouldn’t usually explore. Even if someone was doing a person that works in a field I am not usually passionate about I still feel that I found the blogs interesting. That was because I was learning about the achievements of real people. I think that receiving peer feedback will help me prepare for posting my final learning center because the feedback can be considered when I’m writing and presenting that. I find that having another person point out ways I can improve makes my work better than any self-editing can. Something I found really enjoyable about the process was seeing who the people in my group chose and why they chose them. I think that seeing the person they pick is a great way to find out more about my classmates and their interests. Reading other people’s blogs also helped me get more ideas on what I could include in my future posts. Getting to see the variety of media people included helped me to start thinking about what would work well for me. Not only did the process help me gain knowledge about other people’s topics but, it also opened up more ideas for how I can present my project in the future.

Eminent Introductory Blog Post

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry”

Emily Dickinson, 1870

                                                                                                                                      Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images


For my eminent project this year I am doing Emily Dickinson. Emily Dickinson is a famous American poet that lived in the 1880s. She wrote mainly lyric poems and was part of the romantic style movement in poetry. She was never recognized for her work when she was alive, but her poems became popular when they were published after her death.


Emily Dickinson is eminent because of her effect on the poetry world. She was pushing what was conventional in multiple aspects of her poetry. One of the first noticeable features of her poems was her use of dashes instead of more normalized punctuation in poetry. Emily Dickinson also had a very distinct writing style. She would explain bigger concepts using ideas that most people are already familiar with. This way of writing shows off how observant she could be and her unique way of looking at the world. Emily’s writing has shown that it is important to keep pushing what we see as the norm in writing to be able to look at concepts in different ways. I think it’s safe to say that Emily Dickinson has had a big effect on our world. Her experimentation with the standard lyric poem’s rhyme and line format has made her one of the most influential poets to come from America. Emily Dickinson’s poems have been appreciated for a century and a half now and I believe they will continue to be because of how distinct they are. Although, Emily Dickinson did face an obstacle and that was a lack of recognition. She would send her work to friends and family, but it is believed she never had her work published. It is likely that she was not published because her work was not conventional at the time. Even though there wasn’t any kind of acknowledgment for her work she persevered with her writing. She spent a lot of her time in her room writing poetry and binding her poems into books because it was her passion. I chose Emily Dickinson instead of another poet because I love the way she writes. I find her point of view in her poetry interesting as well as her different uses of rhyme and punctuation because it adds her own touch to the poems.

Personal Connections:

Emily Dickinson interests me because of her work in poetry and her life. I feel a connection to what she writes about because she has a clear point of view in her poems adding lots of details. I do not know a lot about poetry yet and would love to learn more about it. Specifically, I want to learn more about the lyric poem that Emily uses. The lyric poems connect to my passion for music because they have famously been paired with music. The poems involve writing about feelings, and I appreciate vulnerability in writing. I am also doing Emily Dickinson because I can connect to the fact, she never wanted to conform to what society told her she should do. Emily never got married and never wanted to spend her life as a housewife like she was expected to, being a woman because she was committed to spending her life doing what she truly enjoyed. Emily Dickinson shows a lot of observational skills in her writing and I feel a connection to that because I love writing more observational-based works. There is one barrier I face as I go into this project and that is the fact that Emily Dickinson lived in a very different time. During this project, it will be important for me to gain more knowledge about what it was like in the 1800s so that I can better understand her.


My goals for the next part of this project are to get a better understanding of lyric poem conventions and a better understanding of what living in the 1880s was like. Understanding the conventions of a lyric poem will help me be able to see when Emily Dickinson breaks these conventions. Getting to know the time period better will help me think about how she interacted with the world more.

Other Resources:

This link here has a list of Emily Dickinson poems if you scroll down to the bottom of the website. If you are interested, you could check out one or two here.


About Emily Dickinson. (n.d.). Academy of American Poets.


Emily Dickinson. (2021). Poetry Foundation.


Ratcliffe, S. Emily Dickinson. (2016). Oxford Essential Quotations.


Major Characteristics of Dickinson’s Poetry. (2021). Emily Dickinson Museum.


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