As the first major project of TALONS 9, we were tasked with researching a famous person considered eminent. Once we had chosen our Eminent person, we then had to create a blog post summarizing their achievements and comparing their experiences to ours. Then, we had to perform a 4-5 minute speech from the point of view of someone or something who knew our Eminent person. My Eminent person was the Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, and I performed my speech from the point of view of Prince Edward Island, which is where Montgomery grew up. As our final portion of the project, we had to create a “learning centre” and present it during Night of the Notables, where our families would have a chance to visit everyone’s learning centre. After Night of the Notables, we all completed an annotated bibliography for all of the research we conducted.
Digital Literacy Criteria Met:
- I tailor my work to appeal to my intended audience, and use language and visual design elements appropriate for them (Communication and Collaboration 2)
Both the speech and learning centre for Eminent had to be presented to an audience. In the case of the speech, I knew that it would be slightly more formal, but would also require acting as I would be speaking from the point of view of someone who was very proud of my Eminent person. For that reason, I made sure to refrain from slang, but at the same time add emotion and put on a believable performance. For my learning centre, I kept a strong visual theme and tried to design it so it would be welcoming to my audience.
- I critically assess research sources for Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose (Research and Information Literacy 9)
Research was a huge part of Eminent. You had to have at least 10-12 reliable sources, and be able to answer detailed questions about your Eminent person during Night of the Notables. For this reason, I did my best to use sources from official websites that were free of bias. For example, a lot of my sources came from Canadian history websites such as Historica Canada. Although the date of my articles didn’t really matter since my Eminent person existed a long time ago, I still tried to look for sites that had been uploaded recently or were regularly updated.
- I attribute credit to ideas that are not my own by preparing a Bibliography/Works Cited and by using in-text citations (Digital Citizenship 13)
As the final piece of work we had to submit for Eminent, we had to create an annotated bibliography with at least 10 of our best and most used sources. For my bibliography, I used the proper format that my teacher requested us to use and made sure to specify how each source aided my research for Eminent. I used formal language in my research annotations, and checked each link I provided to make sure they worked properly.