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Eminent Person Study
One of the pillars of the TALONS Program that encompasses both English, and Social Studies, the Eminent Person Study is an opportunity for learners to discover, research, and produce creative and expository work based on the life of a person they consider Eminent, or Notable.
The Major Components of the Study are:
The Introductory Post
Introduce the class to your selected Eminent Person in a the form of a blog post. Use the post as an opportunity to synthesize and summarize biographical information that is relevant to your EP's achievement. Begin to characterize their work and influence in their field, and how their legacy is felt today.
Jennifer's post on Yunyun Ismawati
Megan's Blogpost on Dorothy Parker
Emily's Blogpost on Madeleine Jarret de Verchères
- Cassidy's group's one
ris's port on Dorothea Lange
Christina's post on Marie Curie
Derek's Post on Sir Richard Branson
Chelsea's Post on Mabel Stark
Zoe's Post on Alan Turing
Clay's Post on Orville Wright
tyler's post on williard boyle
Conrad's Post on Usain Bolt
Louise's Post on Emily Carr
The Practice Interview
As an introduction to the type of communication required to seek out and report on primary source information, TALONS will be interviewing parents and adults in the extended learning community on the broad topic of Life and Learning.
It Takes a Village
- Blog post gathering the fruits of the last incarnation of this assignment.
2011 PLN Practice Interviews
- Storify collecting the social media happenings of the practice interview's foray into the online TALONS community.
2012 TALONS Practice Interviews
- Storify collecting the saga of the practice interview, as well as the visual quad-synthesis of the learning experience.
TALONS learners are asked to locate and interview an 'expert' on their chosen Eminent Person, and share the results of their discussion in a representation on their blog.
Andrew interviews web-pioneer Robert Cailliau
Jenna interviews journalism professor Brooke Kroeger
Saskia's interview roundup
, including tips for engaging experts in diverse fields of interest
Andrea interviews author and volunteer at the Corrie ten Boom
museum in the Netherlands
Richard interviews one of Tony Blair's biographers
Sample interview letters from
Grade Nine speeches are expected to be 6-8 minutes in length, and to be written from the perspective of a person (or entity) who may have known their person, while the grade ten speeches are written and delivered from the perspective of the Eminent Person, and are brief dramatic monologues (2-3').
2009 Eminent Person Speeches
(assorted links to both grade nine & ten speeches)
The Learning Centre
The Learning Center is a representation of learning about an Eminent Person that is encouraged to involve its audience's various senses, and dimensions beyond the conventional posterboard.
Saskia's grade ten Learning Center
Jenna's grade nine Learning Center
Katie's grade ten Learning Center
Liam's grade nine Learning Center
grade ten, too
Kelsey's grade nine Learning Center
Andrew's grade ten Learning Center
Megan's grade nine Learning Center
Donya's grade ten Learning Center
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