ZIP Doc of Learning #1

The biographical novel sets out to document this truth, for character is plot, character development is action, and character fulfillment is resolution.

Irving Stone

Last Friday was a ZIP work block and a not so productive one at that. I knew my inquiry question, and I was starting to read my first book. However, I couldn’t concentrate amid all the noises that crept up during the block. After 20 or so minutes and only finishing the prologue, I gave up and started to do some research. It might be bad luck, it might be just research skills, but I couldn’t find a website that has comprehensive information about PEE (PQS) or character building (list of key points to a successful character). Having no extensive knowledge, I spent the rest of the block, a short chunk of time, brainstorming what makes a good character.

The moral of this story is that we shouldn’t expect to find everything online. Something that is easy enough to do on our own should really be done on pen and paper. This way, we also have a more thorough understanding of the information.

For my next ZIP focus block, I will try to use different strategies such as going to a quieter corner/ library, listening to music (immerse myself in my own world), or doing things that don’t require as much focus (taking notes or brainstorming some more, perhaps). One goal to set might be to finish the first third of the book, or in case that is not working,  finalize a list of character traits and create an outline where I can fill out book and movie analysis.

1 thought on “ZIP Doc of Learning #1”

  1. Tony,

    I admire your willingness to be open and honest with your struggles so far! Remember that the library is always a place you can go to read independently during ZIP. How might you further focus your inquiry question to hone in on one aspect of your research? It might be that you have two big questions that are dividing your attention. Feel free to come see me anytime this week to brainstorm some ideas.

    The spirit of inquiry is filled with ups and downs — I know you will persevere!

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