ZIP! Document of Learning #4

Question: “Take a moment to reflect on your inquiry plan (calendar). Do you need to make any revisions to your original plan? If so, why? If you haven’t made any changes to your plan, why do you feel you have been so successful in sticking to it?”

Up to now, I have made quite a few revisions to my original inquiry plan. At the beginning of my inquiry project, I was able to stick to the original plan and finish my research and sort out my notes, but once I got to creating my presentation and shooting my commercial, I realized that a few changes were necessary. I had originally planned to shoot the commercial before winter break started, but I realized that there wasn’t a convenient time for both my actor and myself before winter break. Therefore, I was forced to delay the shooting of the commercial until the beginning of winter break. I had also planned to finish my presentation before winter break, but I realized that it wasn’t a realistic goal, and that doing so would only make me rush my presentation. Currently, I am working on creating my PowerPoint presentation, and I am spending quite a bit of time finding the “right” pictures and diagrams for my presentation, as I want to keep text as minimal as possible and make the presentation more interesting.

I believe that the reason I had to make these revisions to my original calendar is because when I first started ZIP, I underestimated the amount of time it was going to take me to create my video and presentation. I had not anticipated the difficulty of finding a balance between storytelling and advertising the product in my commercial. If I increased my storytelling, I could make the commercial more interesting, but I wouldn’t be able to incorporate all three modes of persuasion into the commercial. If I tried to increase the length of both, the commercial would get too long and quickly lose the interest of the audience. Striking a balance between these two elements took up a lot of time, and forced me to spend more time creating my commercial. I decided to set a new goal for my presentation, to finish my presentation before the end of winter break. Even though I had to make quite a few revisions to my original calendar, I believe that I am still on the right track.

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