The Band Trip Where I Got My Lucky Black Tourmaline (Narrative Essay Reflection)


1. The First People’s concept that I recognized in my essay is: “Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.” This is because my essay was about learning from mistakes and remembering the lesson I learned.

2. Two things I am proud of are: my ability to make a small story into 1,300 word essay, and my ability to use the rules of 3’s.

3. Two things I want to improve are: making sure everything drives the plot forward and is relevant, and building up the plot better.

This essay shows growth in my communication competency because I now know how to write (communicate) essays better. I now know how to write dialogue properly and how to use the rule of 3’s to make my writing more appealing. Where I still need to improve is my story telling; writing so that I show instead of tell and making sure every paragraph drives the plot forward.


Indian Horse Informal Blogging

3 Ways Saul Indian Horse Could Have Escaped Residential School in the Novel Indian Horse

In the book Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, we all felt terrible when our beloved main character, Saul, got shipped off to residential school.

Although Saul is treated horribly in this school, he never tries to escape! This is probably because he is only 8. But what if Saul was smarter than all of us? This would totally change the overall narrative and feel of the book, and make it feel like The Shawshank Redemption. Here are 3 ways he could have escaped.

1. Running Away

Now this is an obvious one, but I think 8 year old Saul couldn’t have done it without the self confidence that comes from an older age. In the book Benjamin was able to escape by running away and it actually worked, but I think It could have been done better.

The first thing Saul would need to do is study the priest and nuns habits. He would need to do this to be able to steal food and clothes without them knowing. Then he could leave in the dead of night with enough food and clothing to be able to stay well fed and warm.

2. Ganging up on the Priests

Now ganging up on the priests would be a hard feat to accomplish, but with the charismatic skills of a great leader Saul could rally up the troops and win the fight.

First, Saul would have to arrange secret meetings with the toughest looking Indian boys. There, he could encourage them with speeches, and when the time came, start the rebellion. It would have to happen so fast that the priests couldn’t see it coming and Saul’s bully boys would have to have enough moral to all attack at once and not back down. That way they would win. Saul could also try and make improvised weapons out of some of the hockey sticks to give to his team to give them a cutting edge.

3. Using His Powers

In the book, Saul has a sort of mystical power that allows him to see visions of the past and future. If he could tap into this earlier, It might make it so that he never gets to residential school.

If Saul could fully access this power, he would probably be able to manipulate so many events in the book. He could warn his family to hide him and Benjamin earlier when the Indian Agent comes to get Benjamin in the beginning of the book, he could help save countless other first nations people, he could come to represent all first nations people and with his power of seeing the future, he could make himself look all powerful and drive the colonizers out of North America. But this is way too convenient and powerful for the book to make any sense whatsoever.

To conclude, Saul could have escaped so many ways. He could just run away, gang up on the priests or use his all to convenient power of seeing the future, but should Wagamese written it this way? I think not, because If Saul escaped residential school, Wagamese wouldn’t have been able to show us how bad these schools really were, and it would make Saul a less dynamic and round character.

Imagery in Indian Horse

“I read once that there are holes in the universe that swallow all light, all bodies. St. Jeromes took all the light from my world.” (Wagamese, 43). In this quote, Wagamese is showing how strongly Saul feels pain and woe while reflecting on his experiences at St. Jeromes Residential School. Saul is remembering a time in his life where all his happiness, which “light” symbolizes, was taken away as if a black hole was absorbing everything. The imagery paints a picture of a very miserable and menacing place that has no “light”. A place where Saul’s life, uncontrollably, took a bad turn, and now is being pulled in with no escape. You can also imagine Saul telling you this because Wagamese doesn’t compare St. Jeromes directly to a black hole. Instead, he writes “I read once that there are holes in the universe that swallow all light, all bodies.” This gives you the picture of Saul making his own imagery by connecting what he read in a book to his experience at the school.

By Going to this Restaurant, You Instantly Travel to a Taco Shack on the Paradise-Like Beaches in Baja, California


Taco Del Mar is one of my favourite restaurants to get Mexican cuisine. What makes Taco Del Mar my favourite place to eat is a combination of the décor and atmosphere, their good food, their excellent service, and their very affordable prices. When first walking in, one will immediately notice that the place is decorated to look like the kind of taco shack you would find on one of the paradise-like beaches in Baja, California. The interior accomplishes this by including furniture such as a surf board table and a table with a palapa umbrella. The décor also has this taco shack feel; the counter where you order your food has bamboo paneling with a shack roof, and there are various surfing and Mexican cuisine pictures on the walls. The atmosphere of friendly employees and an air of casualness works well with this and makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. Secondly, but more importantly, the food and service. When ordering tacos, a burrito, various platters or a quesadilla, one can choose any of four slow cooked meats that make your mouth water at the smell of them cooking behind the window. These meats to choose from are juicy and savoury shredded beef, equally appetizing ground beef, tender chicken, and succulent shrimp, which are all cooked to the perfect consistency. After you choose your meat, you get to put on freshly made toppings. Smooth black or refried beens, Mexican rice, crisp iceberg lettuce, freshly made guacamole with the perfect amount of cilantro, tomato and onions, smooth melted queso, and hot sauce are just a few of the good toppings they have to offer. The employees make these Mexican dishes, with your instruction, right in front of you, and they do it with great skill and politeness. Taco Del Mar also offers the choice of a cool drink on the side. They have all the popular fountain drinks, such as Coke, root beer and Sprite. As well, they have a variety of bottled drinks including some light beers and Mexican sodas. Me personally, I like to enjoy a nice, cold glass of ice water. All of this good service and food must come at an expensive price, but the third thing that makes Taco Del Mar great, is that it is actually quite affordable. It cost about 10 dollars per person depending on what you order. Without a doubt, Taco Del Mar is the place I like to go to get affordable, phenomenal Mexican cuisine. With their great service and a friendly atmosphere, they’ve found a place in my heart with all the things that I value in a restaurant. But it wasn’t always this way. The first time I went to Taco Del Mar, when I was 9 or 10, I remember not knowing what to expect and not wanting to try. As soon as I started eating, I fell in love with both Mexican cuisine and the restaurant. Ever since, my family has been going there at least once every month.

Core Competencies- Term 1

What are you good at? What is your goal? 

Core Competencies  Awesome Already   Need to Grow 
Creative Thinking   Thinking outside the box, being artistic  N/A 
Critical Thinking   Asking questions, problem solving, research, using facts, being critical of what people say, and thinking logically.  N/A 
Positive personal and cultural identity  Proud of who I am   Religion and beleifs 
Personal awareness and responsibility   Not letting anything get in the way of what you want to do/your dreams, knowing your limits and being kind.  Not being lazy (I’m working on it), Respect (I try) 
Communication   Being an extravert and using straightforward communication  N/A 
Social responsibility   Thinking about how your actions will affect others  Sharing wealth 


The Human Condition: “Pigs (Three Different Ones) -Pink Floyd”

The song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” by Pink Floyd, written by Roger Waters, talks about three different British politicians of his time (1977) and how they were corrupt and greedy like pigs. When Waters writes: “And when your hand is on your heart You’re nearly a good laugh” tells of how these politicians pretended to care about the people but in actuality they only cared about themselves and the money they were getting. The song also alludes to two specific people in government at the time, Margaret Thatcher and Mary Whitehouse. When the song talks about Margaret Thatcher it says “You radiate cold shafts of broken glass… You’re hot stuff with a hatpin And good fun with a hand gun.” This is because of her cruel nature and the fact that she made Britain go into The Battle of Falklands, which Roger Waters, hated her for. The song also references Mary Whitehouse; “Hey you, Whitehouse… You’re trying to keep our feelings off the street”. This is referencing the fact that Mary Whitehouse tried to censor any immoral behaviour in the media, especially modern media at the time. He’s saying that she has her opinion and the people have theirs; she is only caring about her own interests. In this song Roger Waters showed us that when humans get into positions of power, they can become greedy and selfish, only looking out for their own interests.