Stout, Glenn. On the Court With– Venus and Serena Williams. Boston: Little, Brown, 2002. Print.

Interviewee, Dan Paisner – Author of : Williams, Serena, and Daniel Paisner. On the Line. New York: Grand Central Pub., 2009. Print.


I used wikipedia for basic fact about Serena that help me write the base of my speech. It also helped me retrieve interesting facts to display in my learning centre. I used the book On the Court with Venus and Serena Williams for background
information that helped my speech become a little bit more in-depth. My last source I used was my interviewee, Dan Paisner. His responses were very helpful and also help me get information that wasn’t easy to find online. In addition, all my sources were extremely helpful in helping me write my eminent person speech.


Night of the Notables

If I was to describe the Night of the Notables in one word I would pick successful. The reason why I chose successful is because I think that the TALONS classes worked extremely well together to make this night run
so smoothly. The grade tens did an outstanding job with their performances and started the night off well. Although us grade nines didn’t perform their speeches, the learning centres that we produced were quite remarkable as well. However, before 7pm there was a lot of work being done to make the night as successful as it was.

The minute I stepped into the classroom I knew it was going to be a long day. Students diligently working on their learning centres, people straggling in with boxes of props and materials, last minute rehearsals, and absolute chaos. After the bell, we made a schedule of things that needed to be done before the night began and when we needed to complete those tasks. One that was finished we had focus time until lunch for finishing or making our learning centre better. During focus time, I finished up some last minute committee work. Which consisted of making name tags for the TALONS alumni and  making sure everyone knew where they were for their learning centre. I also decided to print about some fun facts and pictures about Serena Williams to spice up my learning centre a little bit more. All in all, it was a pretty relaxing morning … for me at least. Once the lunch bell rang, we all eagerly left the classroom to go for lunch and relax before the big night. Although it was lunch time, I still remember being so stressed out about all the work that needed to be done after school, however, I tried my best to ignore those thoughts and enjoy the rest of my afternoon. The afternoon was speeding by and the night was getting closer and closer. Once that bell rang for dismissal it was show time. We all met in the classroom for attendance and began to work. First thing on the list, set up MPR. We were assigned to roll the lunch tables out, set up chairs, and make sure that there were aisles for people to walk through. That was job was done effectively and efficiently. Next up, setting up our learning centres. We entered in heats into the classroom to retrieve our stuff so that it wouldn’t be a photo 3-2complete madhouse in the TALONS class. Once I got my stuff I headed for my area and began to set up. My learning centre consisted of 5 tennis rackets (2 on display, 3 in the bag), a tennis bag, tennis balls, a tennis hat, jellybeans (her favourite candy), fun facts, and laptop playing highlights of one of her matches. My hands on activity was ping pong. I chose ping pong because i thought it would a neat way to kind of mimic tennis in a miniature way. Once I completed setting up, I used the rest of my time to help my peers with their learning centres and also browsing around at others to see what kind of ideas everyone had for their learning centre and it was actually quite cool. After everyone was done with their learning centres it was finally dinner time! The time I was waiting for the whole day. For dinner we had pasta, garlic bread, and salad. All so delicious, dinner was by far the best part of the day. Once dinner was over which by the way I was upset about, we began to get the welcoming table out and make sure our learning centres were in order. The night was 30 minutes away and people were beginning to pile in. It was 15 minutes until showtime and we all began to take our seats. It was happening, the Night of the Notables was finally starting and I was so proud of what we had accomplished to make this night happen. We all took our seats and watched the grade 10 speeches.

The speeches left me speechless! The grade tens did a fabulous job and kept the audience entertained the entire time. Everyone just presented with such confidence and it made each and every one of their speeches that much more powerful. I was astonished with the amount of work and effort they put in to make their speeches that good. My personal favourite would have to be Kyler’s speech. He did his eminent person on Jim Henson, the creator of the muppet show. His was my favourite because I thought that Kyler did a really job of
staying in character and keeping the audience entertained the whole time. I especially liked how he made it the theme really fun and relaxed. Well done 🙂

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After the speeches, it was learning centre time! At first I was a little nervous of answering questions that I was soon to be asked. I knew about Serena quite well but I was afraid of not being able to organize my knowledge about Serena in a solid answer. My first person was approaching and I was a little jittery. However, all my worries floated away when I began to get more and more visitors, and I was answering questions smoothly. I was happy that everyone who left my centre got a little bit of new information about Serena Williams. I was really happy with my learning centre and all the work that I had put in to make it successful. If there was one thing I would change for next time it would be to test my computer first. This is because I had to go through 2 laptops before having one actually work. Other than that however, I was happy with how my learning centre turned out.

As the night came to an end, everybody was happy that it was all over but I also think that everyone was extremely happy with how everything turned out and how all our hard work payed off. I enjoyed the experience very much and for my first Night of the Notables I would say that it was a hit! I guess all I have left to say is … Until next year everybody!

Document of Learning

Gather around folks … Night of the Notables is almost here and the stress level has gone through the roof. Students trying to plan learning centres, the last final rehearsals, and the scramble to find an interview. Fortunately for me, I have completed all of the above and I now wait for the 20th of November to finally showcase my learning on my eminent person, Serena Williams. I am very excited to see how the speeches will turn out as well as, the learning centres. This year, I have decided to go for a more interactive theme. My learning centre this year will be located in the hallway opposite from the talons classroom. I am planning on having tennis rackets and balls, a ping pong table, a video montage of her, and so miscellaneous items here and there. The rackets and balls will be on display considering the limited space, it wouldn’t be wise to have individuals be playing with life size tennis rackets and balls with such limited space. Therefore, I will be providing a ping-pong table to mimic the game in a smaller way. I will put one half against the wall and the other flat so, individuals can rally with themselves. Another component of my learning centre will be the video montage. I will put small clips of Serena’s matches in one video and keep it on replay the whole night, in order to show my audience how Serena Williams plays in matches against different opponents. Lastly, Some of the miscellaneous items I’ll be presenting will be some of her favourite things or things that she liked to do. That sums up my learning centre, I hope everyone looks forward to seeing it because I sure am excited to see everyone else’s!!

In addition, I think that eminent has been quite successful for me so far. I presented my speech in front of the class within the time limit as well as keeping my audience engaged the whole time. The process of writing my speech wasn’t to difficult either considering I had many different sources where I was able to gather up a good amount of facts to write a well organized speech. Which bring me to interview, luckily, I did not have to send very many emails for a response. In fact, I only sent one email! Moreover, I was able to gain a lot of background information about Serena that was difficult to find online or in literature. I was also able to use my blog really effectively, just how I wanted to in my goals. Another goal I have is to soon be as successful as Serena and do what I love to do for the rest of my life.


To Conclude, I’m excited for Night of the Notables and super excited to show off my learning. I hope everyone is as excited as I am 🙂 ‘Till Wednesday everybody!


Oh my gosh, I never knew asking someone a couple questions would be so hard. Well actually it was really easy for me because all I had to was email one person! 😉 Lucky me eh?? Nonetheless, I finally finished my interview and I’m very pleased on how it turned out because it help me right my speech in more natural tone rather than a factual tone.

Below is my interview … Enjoy 🙂

A Day In Downtown

photo 1As you all know on Thursday, October 24th the TALONS class took a trip to Macleod’s Books and to the Vancouver Public Library. Not only were we searching for books about our eminent person we had the privilege to witness the beautiful city on a business day. Which I thought was very interesting because I personally don’t usually go to downtown on days where there is work, thus, making the experience that much more enjoyable. I also thought that implementing the solo was a really great idea to help us embrace the downtown core on a work day. All in all I would say that this trip was very enjoyable and good learning experience for me. Although, I was unable to find a book about Serena Williams during this research trip I learned that the city is much like a factory setting. In order for everything to function and run

photo 4 smoothly everything should be in-line and working properly. However, as soon as one element of the cycle breaks down, things don’t run as smoothly anymore. Nonetheless, I stay determined to continue to discover more new things about Serena Williams each and everyday.

On a side note, I will say that the book store was pretty jammed packed with books! Everything you touched things would just tumble right over. However, it was very interesting how there were books that were older than me! I found it to be neat how literally every single book genre was in one tiny little store on a corner of the street. The Vancouver Public Library on the other hand, was no where near small. It had six floors of books flooding you with information. Anyways, that was my little overview about the book store and library.

I hope you had just as much fun as I did! 🙂


Having such a huge love and passion for sports and competitive athletes I thought that Serena Jameka Williams would be the perfect fit for my eminent person. When I think about Serena Williams the first three words that pop into mind are determination, hard work, and passion. She was born on September 26th, 1981 in Saginaw Michigan. She grew up in the ruins of Compton, California. Williams had three half sisters until 2003 when Yetunde was fatally shot in a gang confrontation in Compton California. She also has a full sister, Venus Williams who competes with Serena in the doubles tournaments as well as plays in the singles tournaments. When Serena was 10 years old she was ranked number 1 among the u10 players in Florida, then later turned pro when she was just 14 years old. Living in such a poor environment Serena definitely had the passion and determination to keep playing and to continue to improve. With a record of 627 wins – 112 losses and a ranking of number 1 in the world for women’s tennis, Serena’s hard work definitely paid off.

When picking Serena Williams for my eminent person I knew instantly that I would be able to relate and write about her so easily. The main reason why I chose Serena was because her passion and determination towards tennis is beyond amazing. I always respect those who play with passion and love for their sport. Having such a love for the sports I play as well, I feel studying Serena will teach me a lot about always wanting to get better and never giving up because if you put in the hours and work you will get there someday. I am looking forward to going more in–depth into Serena Williams’ tennis life and personal life and learning about her as an individual. If you’d like to learn a little bit about Serena Williams check out her website:

During Eminent some goals that I would like to accomplish are:

1) Learn about Serena’s life on and off the court

2) Follow her foot-steps by being determined to always improve and to always have passion when competing

3) To use my blog more effectively during this in-depth study

Here are some of Serena’s greatest on court moments for anyone that is interested

For some off court action, check out Serena’s Twitter :