The conflict that Junior struggles with the most in this novel is his identity. He would wake up in his home on the reservation, go to school at Rearden in a white town, and then go back home to the reservation that evening. He said that he “felt like two different people inside of one body”, signifying that he felt like he was part white and part Indian since he spent so much of his life at Rearden (61). Junior also said that the people at his school “Call me an apple because they think I’m red on the outside and white on the inside.” (132). This shows that even the people on his reservation think that Junior is betraying them, and that he isn’t a proper Indian, which most likely further perpetuates Juniors identity crisis.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to yourself at the start of your inquiry?
I would tell myself to not make a list of all of the many websites I think would be useful, as I have found that there are many sources that can be accessed easily. I spent maybe an hour on the first night looking for as many helpful sources as I could, but it really wasn’t all that necessary. I do have a long list of websites now, but I haven’t really used any of them, causing all of the work I did to be for nothing. Instead, I would have told myself to write down the sites as I come across them, which it what I have been doing as well. It is hard to tell which sites I have actually used and which sites I want to use in the future.
To be a REAL success, you need just a few important skills. First, you need good relationship skills. If you don’t know how to surround yourself with positive people, it will affect how you feel and act. You need positive people for you to be positive. There’s a saying, you’re only as strong as your weakest link. If you surround yourself with negative people, it will cause you to become a more negative person.
Skill number two is equipping. This means to teach others the skills necessary to complete the tasks they need to. If you need someone to ask strangers questions for a survey, but they don’t have good communication skills, it is your job to teach them these skills.
This brings me to skill number three, attitude. If you don’t have a good attitude, and you aren’t positive and determined, it will affect how well you work. You need determination and drive to spark motivation, and you aren’t going to get either of those things from a negative attitude. If you don’t have a good attitude, it won’t only effect how well you work, but how well others around you work.
The final letter, L, is leadership. Without good leadership skills, you won’t be able to go very far. It will be nearly impossible to accomplish anything on your own. For example, say you wanted to become a principal of a school. You will definitely need teachers in the school. And who will build the school? Where will the building materials come from? You can’t do everything yourself, you will need the help of others. If you don’t know how to lead others, they won’t be able to help you properly.
Knowing all of these important skills, I believe my leadership skills will improve greatly. I volunteer with my younger cousins girl guide group, and I am often placed in charge of organizing small events or sometimes entire meetings. I will definitely apply these skills the next time I am in this position. I will ask people around me for help, and I will teach them what they need to know in order to be helpful. I will make sure to maintain a positive attitude, and hopefully that will give me motivation to complete tasks. Most of all, I will be a good leader and a positive role model to others around me.
My question for this project is “How does the media influence the way society perceives beauty?” I’ve always wondered why some people were considered “beautiful” and why others were considered “ugly”. People of all shapes, sizes, skin colours and features should be considered beautiful. I never thought that certain people were ugly. But regardless of what I’ve thought, the media thinks differently. They impose unfounded ideals upon society about what type of person can and cannot be beautiful. I am extremely motivated by this to find out to what extent we can be effected. In doing this project, I hope to learn about the effects of these false ideals on society as a whole, but also on specific groups of people (grouped based on age, gender and race).
I know a lot around the idea of this concept, but I would love to go more in depth in my research. I want to learn about specific effects of false body image, statistics on who is most affected, and studies that prove the media plays a huge role in body positivity. The skills I currently have to help me in this project are passion, determination and motivation. This is a subject I am extremely passionate about, and I have been for a long time. This passion turns into drive and determination, which will help me complete the project to my best abilities. The final component is motivation. Without motivation, I would have no desire to complete the project, causing me to procrastinate and not complete the project to the best of my abilities. But because of these skills, I will be able to finish this project well and on time.
By the end of this assignment, I hope my time management skills will be improved. Since this project is very flexible and doesn’t have a specific structure complete with weekly due dates, I will need to work to make sure I get everything done. Hopefully, the lack of structure will cause me to have to build my own strict timeline, therefore enforcing my time management skills.
During my research, I’ll be able to approach Mr Morris, considering he is an English teacher. My mom is also an English teacher, so I will approach her for help if required. I also have a friend who has a few books on my subject, as she is also very interested in the subject. I hope to be able to speak with her about my project.
Some other resources I could use are books (the ones my friend will hopefully lend me, and books from the library) as well as websites. I have found many sites on the topic, as well as some surveys and statistics. I am also hoping to conduct my own survey to produce my own results on the effects of the media, which could count as a research once it is completed.
I am hoping to demonstrate my learning in the form of a power point. I want to include a survey in with my presentation, but I am not quite sure how to fit this in yet.
My schedule for learning:
December 5: finish proposal
December 8: research my topic and find helpful resources
December 15: conduct first survey
December 22: complete power point outline
December 29: complete power point
January 5: complete planning of presentation
The following is a transcript of the questions and answers I asked and received from my eminent interview person. Her name is Helen Gardner, she wrote a book on Agnes Baden-Powell and she is currently 80 years old and living in England.
Did you know Agnes Baden-Powell personally?
Agnes died in 1945, just before the end of the War. By then she had been forgotten by many in Guiding and I never heard of her until I was in Guides, more than six years later. I have come to know several of her nieces and nephews while writing the book which they greatly encouraged. She was a very much loved Aunt Azzie.
What has she done to change the way society sees girls and women?
She was sympathetic to the Suffragists (the non violent women) and there had never before been anything in which girls could do the sort of things which boys did. When WW1 started she camped on the doorstep of the Ministry of Defence until they allowed women to take part in the war effort. In WW2 she was instrumental in persuading the Government to let women into the Air Force. Guides helped to change the way in which people regarded women.
In what ways has she had an impact on our world?
B-P’s plans were educationally years ahead of their time. Formal education has not caught up until the last couple of generations.
How do you think the world would be different if she didn’t start girl guides?
I am answering this personally. For 70 years I have lived my life by the Guide Promise and Law. If I had not been a Guide I would have been a less confident person and would have achieved far less in my life than has been the case. Nowadays, when it is no longer fashionable to join uniformed organisations, I am conscious of how much young people in their 20s don’t know and how empty and without direction many of their lives are.
Is there anything else I should know about her that wasn’t mentioned in your book?
Because she died just as the War was ending her funeral took place in a hurry and her name was never inscribed on the family grave at Kensal Rise. The A B-P Society is now rectifying this.
Gardner, Helen D. The First Girl Guide: the Story of Agnes Baden-Powell. Amberley, 2010.
This was the most helpful resource I came across. The book is written in a third person POV and is about the life of Agnes. The author asked experts, family members, historians and Girl Guide employees on information about Agnes, and compiled it all into a novel.
Grieco, Attilio. “Http://Ljournal.ru/Wp-Content/Uploads/2017/03/a-2017-023.Pdf.”AGNES BADEN-POWELL, A LITTLE KNOWN PERSON, 2013, doi:10.18411/a-2017-023.
This website helped me to find out a lot about her childhood, particularly her hobbies and her education. The document was worded very well, and it explained in detail the events of her early years. The article was concise, in that it was short but there was a lot of important information in it.
Guidestuff . “Agnes Baden-Powell.” Agnes Baden-Powell, 1982, guidezone.e-guiding.com/lh_agnesbp.htm.
This article gave me much more information on the types of hobbies she had, such as astronomy, cycling, swimming, cooking and even beekeeping! I also learned more about the legacy she left behind, her demotion from Presidency, and her hiring and the events preceding it.
Katie. “Girl Guiding: A Brief History, Part Two – Agnes Baden-Powell ~ Girl Museum.” Girl Museum, 23 Mar. 2017, www.girlmuseum.org/girl-guiding-a-brief-history-part-two-agnes-baden-powell/.
This article taught me a lot about the books she published and how they influenced society at that time. One of the books she published was very controversial, and there were assumptions made about Girl Guides that weren’t true. This article taught me about these assumptions in great detail.
Girl Guides Ballarat. “Agnes Baden-Powell.” Agnes Baden-Powell, girlguidesballarat.org.au/resources/history-of-girl-guides-ballarat/agnes-baden-powell/.
This article showed me many interesting facts about Agnes, such as her childhood pets, her famous friends and the fact that she was a hyperpolyglot (she could speak 11 languages). It also taught me about an organization that was made specifically for Agnes’ legacy, called the Baden-Powell Society.
What three things do I hope my audience learned about my Eminent Person? How did I show this to them?
The first thing my audience learned about Agnes was her passion. I told them a little bit about her childhood and her passion for the outdoors and women’s rights. I then connected these passions to the reason she formed Girl Guides in the first place. I told the audience how Agnes’ brother, Robert, had founded Boy Scouts, but how even though there was no rule preventing girls from joining, the program was tailored more towards boys. I told them how Agnes decided that if girls couldn’t be in the same program, they should still get to do the same activities, just in a different program. I told them how Girl Guides wouldn’t have been possible without Agnes’ passion, as the association took a long time to put together. I used my Guide handbooks, one from 1950, one from 1980 and one from 2010, to show how much Agnes accomplished and how far her organization has come.
The second thing my audience learned about Agnes was her determination. I showed them how she fought for women’s rights and her own rights, and how even in the face of rejection she continued to fight for her organization. Her sister in law, Olave, took over Girl Guides right as it started to gain popularity. Agnes was pushed aside and disregarded, but still fought to promote Girl Guides. She was continuously demoted, but she refused to quit. She stayed in Girl Guides until the day she died. I used two Girl Guide uniforms, one from 1950 and one from 2010, to further demonstrate how her determination to establish Girl Guides resulted in an organization that has lasted for over 100 years. Without her determination, Girl Guides wouldn’t have been possible.
The third thing my audience learned about Agnes was the legacy she left behind. I showed them pamphlets on girl guides and what it was about, I gave them Girl Guide cookies, and I showed them traditions from Girl Guides (such as knot tying, traders and uniforms). I told them a little bit about how Girl Guides had changed over the years, and what made modern Girl Guides different from Girl Guides when it first started out. I showed them uniforms and books from three generations to further demonstrate how much Girl Guides has changed. But I also showed them how much hadn’t changed inside the organization. I showed them some of the trail signs that have been used for a hundred years and are still used today. I showed them activities such as knot tying, which is still taught in Girl Guides and has been for over 80 years. And then I tied all of this back to Agnes, and how none of it could have been accomplished had it not been for her. Agnes’s passion and determination established the foundation of Girl Guides, and she has influenced generations of girls.