Inquiry Question: What is the Story of my family rings.


1. What type of source:  My ring presumably would be a primary source when answering my inquiry question, but it is not.  My ring is not the original family ring so it is only a secondary source.

2. Who created it:  They original ring was created by my aunt Wendy.  My ring was created from a mold to replicate the original.

3. When and where was it produced:  My ring was produced by the people who work at Peoples, the jewelry store.  It was produced during December and early January.


1. What other events or developments were happening when this source was created:  My 16th Birthday was coming up.

2. How might they have influenced the source:  It influenced when the source was made.  Once a girl turns 16 in my family they get a replica of the original ring.


1. What do you notice that is important about the source:  It isn’t dented.  This shows that I take really good care for it.  It is though starting to look a bit more worn out from wearing it a lot.

2. What is interesting:  On my ring there is the saying “For Always” in Spanish

3. What can’t you explain.  The vine design all around the ring.  I don’t know why my aunt chose to do this design, but it looks really nice.

Inferences about Perspective:

1. What groups might the creator have belonged to? Why do you think they made the source: If the ring was analysed or my family was analysed, people might infer that the woman in the Kennedy family are really close since we all wear one.

2. Who was the audience: The intended audience for the first batch of rings, were for my aunt and all her sisters.  Yet as time went by the rings got past down to their daughters.  So me and my cousins are now in the mix.

3. How might the background/values of the creator and audience have influenced this source: They influenced the creation of the rings very much.  My aunt was only discovered her family when she was 20.  So to go 20 years then meet 4 sisters she wanted to make something that represented them being together forever.  That is why she made the rings and why she had “For Always” put on them.

Inferences about inquiry question:

1. What can you learn from examining this source:  That my family is really close and well always be there for each other.

2. Does it help you answer your inquiry question:  It answers my inquiry question a bit.  Not to the fullest extent it could but it covers the basics.

3. Does it confirm, extend, or contradict what you know: It confirms what I know about my family.

4. What further questions do you have:  Why not include the males in family.  And if not what could the males in my family do to have some sort of thing that ties them together.

Guideposts to Historical Thinking

I think that the most important significant historical question we should focus on this year is, How can history help us to live in the present.  This is the most important question because it can help us define why we do the things we do.  For example looking back at history we can see how people differ from today’s norms and why.  This could affect us to live our lives differently.  People commonly say that history often repeats itself.  If we learn more about the past then we can stop the repetition and decide for ourselves the path we should take in life.  These different stories we hear about the past can determine why we act, if we could act in kindness or coldness.   Determining how history helps us live our live we can find how it affects how we live are life and from there we can improve it.

In- Deph post # 3

So here it come another point in this epic journey that is my In-Depth project.  So far I have finally had a meeting with my mentor.  It went better then I expected.  I was extremely worried that something bad would happen.  During the meeting, I was taught a few of the throwing techniques that are most commonly used.  After I practiced them I practiced shooting and more importantly aiming while I shoot.  Another big accomplishment for my In-Depth is that I got all my lacrosse gear.  I was super excited to get it.  The best part would have to be my lacrosse stick.  It is really nice.  It has this coating on the metal that stops it from getting cold and provides an excellent grip.  It also had a pre worked in pocket that will help me with catching the ball.  Which by the way is extremely hard.  It also has a pocket protector that stops the ball from damaging your stick.  So I was really excited to test it out, and it worked really well.

  1. What went particularly well during your mentoring session.

A lot of things went well for my first mentoring sessions.  At first it was a little bit nervous but once we started it was fine.  I started thinking about him as a coach and that clicked something in my brain so I was listening to instructions better and asking certain question that would help me execute certain techniques better.

2.   What relationship challenges did you face?  Address some of the sub- questions below.

The biggest relationship challenged that I faced during the mentoring session would be that my mentor and I never really talked to each other.  This made it hard on communicating and first because I think we were both unsure of what to say and how to go about our meeting.   Yet, as we continued with the meeting we got a bit more relaxed and comfortable with each other.  This was manly due to the fact that I voiced that I was nervous at the start of the meeting so I don’t think we did anything to hard so that I got more comfortable with the feel of Lacrosse and what these mentoring sessions would be like.

3.   What logical challenges affected your communication?

Our communications was manly affected by the fact that we do not know each other well.  So we don’t know how each of us works and how we think.  Another thing that was a big factor in communication challenges was the fact that I do not understand any lacrosse terms.  When he would try to explain something to me I would be very confused.  It worked better after I saw something because I more of a visual learner.

In-Depth. Downloading Update.

This year I was a little behind on finding a mentor.  Although I have tried to catch up to the best of my ability.  I have accomplished that goal.  This year my mentor for box lacrosse with be Ken Thomas.

I have known Mr. Thomas for a long time just not very well.  He was a coach in the same soccer club that I play for.  Now coaching soccer and knowledge on box lacrosse are two completely different things, yet while coaching soccer he also coached Box Lacrosse.  To be specific he coached my sister’s Box Lacrosse team.  He coached a Box Lacrosse team for PoCo Saints which is the club I will be playing for.  Not only did he do this but the team he coached was a division A team.  I realise that coaching is a very difficult task and you have to have vast knowledge on the sport your coaching, this makes him an ideal mentor for me this year.  Sadly, this year he will most likely not be coaching.  I am choosing to see this in a positive way as it allows him to have more free time in his schedule so that we can have more mentor meetings.  Even though he wont be coaching he still has a lot of knowledge that he can pass down to me about this terrific sport.

Now we haven’t had a mentor meeting yet but we are currently trying to find a date that works best for both of us.  Most likely our first one with be this Friday after my soccer team practices and his soccer team practices are done.  I think this will work great because of three reason: it doesn’t conflict with any of my extra curricular activities(basketball or soccer), we are already at a field that has tennis courts and soccer fields so I can practice throwing, passing and other things on, and it will be a week before the In-Depth post are due, which gives me plenty of time to reflect on our meeting.  After that we will meet probably once a week at the same time.

Throughout this experience of finding a mentor a mentor and emailing my mentor back and forth so that we could figure everything out, I learned some cool things that will help if anyone asks me to become their mentor.  Not only did Mr. Thomas make sure that he let me know that he could be my mentor but he also said that if him not coaching Lacrosse was a prerequisite he could find me other mentors, he also told me what time was best for him.  This helped actually help ease my stress a bit.  Even though we haven’t talked about Lacrosse yet I’ve already started learning things from him.