ZIP Final Blog Post

Adam Crespi ZIP Blog Post #5

  1. What is your inquiry question? What initially drew you to this question? Did your question stay the same, or did it change overtime? Why?

How do authors portray mood and cast emotion onto readers through their works?

My original inquiry question is shown above and I have been extremely happy with it. In the beginning I chose it as I believed it would be a great way to integrate my ZIP into my In-depth. My In-depth project is photography and my question gave me freedom to experiment with written and visual pieces in my learning.

Throughout the inquiry my question has stayed largely the same. With the original formatting of the question, I gave myself freedom to change my presentation throughout in order to better show my learning. My original thought was to simply have photos but I have since expanded to show text which aids in answering my inquiry question.


  1. What skills have you expanded on / learned during the inquiry process? How are these skills applicable to your success as a student?

As ZIP is the first large totally independent inquiry project in TALONS, I have developed many management skills that will be applicable to future projects. I have learned time management and research strategies, all incredibly useful for my future success as a student.

A specific skill that ZIP helped me hone was my goal setting. I was able to clearly figure out all of my goals from the beginning, making the rest of the project far easier. Going into the future goal setting will help me immensely. Having a clear picture of the final goal and knowing the steps you need to take removes any confusion on what you need to do next. This will be valuable for all future projects I undergo as a student or leader.


  1. What did you learn about / what is your answer to this inquiry question? Remember to be specific and provide direct evidence from your research.

The answer to my inquiry question is not simple but can be condensed down to 6 main aspects. Authors portray mood in their works through combinations of :


Using blends of different colours to connect with readers interpretation of the colours meaning. The colours meaning is generally determined by society and the individuals culture. For many colours this stays the same but it can vary across the world. For example in Western cultures white is seen as a symbol of purity or innocence while in many European it is seen as a sign of mourning. (


Authors can use light in their works to either amplify or reduce the mood already induced. A brighter day will make a happy photo happier while a darker day will make a happy photo less happy.


In written and visual works authors can use texture to enrich familiarity with the reader. Describing how something feels can directly connect with a reader who has felt or seen the same before.


Manipulating diction in writing can be an effective tool to create mood. Diction gives the author ability to paint the story in specific colours and these colours can be used to emphasize a mood or feeling towards a subject. If an author is feeling sad towards a subject, chances are this will come out in their writing.


Creating an easy to visualize setting for the reader is a reliable way to create mood in texts. When the reader feels as if they are or could be in that place, it creates an immediate connection that allows you to create more emotion through relatability. A specific atmosphere can be built this way with accurate description of “where your story is set and how each scene looks, smells and sounds” (



Description and descriptive words is the greatest tool authors have at their disposal to create mood in their works. Using powerful words can create dynamic visualizations and can have a compelling effect on how the reader feels. Description can also be manipulated by the author to focus on certain parts of a setting. A good example given by “you can focus the narrative on a shattered porcelain baby doll on the sidewalk rather than the blue sky above”. Using this technique we can describe any setting in a way that portrays the mood we desire.


Although all of these concepts are different, they all focus on creating an image that the reader can relate to and understand. In summarization, authors portray mood and create emotion in their works by generating engaging and understandable texts. If a reader can visualize struggling to work on a project at 2am then they will feel all the emotions that come along with it.


  1. In what ways does your final learning artefact demonstrate your learning / answer to your inquiry question? How does it connect to your chosen curricular competencies? Consider listing your competencies and including images, links, or excerpts from your work to demonstrate this.

As originally planned, I hope to portray 3-4 different moods through the format of photos and descriptive paragraphs. These mediums will not only be a representation of what I have learned but also a measurement of how I am able to apply skills I have developed. I will be applying the skills I have researched about the development of mood in photography and writing. I will be displaying how authors portray mood by portraying mood in my own works.


My chosen curricular competencies are as listed :

Transform ideas and information to create original texts

Explain how literary elements, techniques and devices enhance and shape meaning


Recognize and appreciate how different features, forms, and genres of texts reflect different purposes, audiences, and messages


My final show of learning incorporates all of these. The final product is a combination of ideas I have researched, made into an original showcase of how mood is implemented. Through my presentation I will also visually and verbally explain the purpose of mood as well as how it enriches the consumption of texts. The last competency I will be representing, is how mood can add an emotional purpose or message in texts and how it can reflect powerful messages on audiences. This is the most important one as it reflects the overall purpose of mood, which is producing feeling.

Some examples include how I included the techniques I have researched into my writing and photography.

In my writing a large part of my research focused on descriptive writing. My first paragraph provides a good example of how I applied my learning.


An illuminated sky casts the reflection of a raging fire into the endless expanse of water.

For my photography my last photo portraying the mood of gloomy is my favourite. The quality of the photo may not be amazing but it applies every concept I have learned. Harsh contrast to amplify mood, dark emotionless colours to portray gloominess,  and I feel as the composition of street lights creates a texture relatable to the reader.


  1. What resources did you find useful during your inquiry and why were they useful? (Cite at least four resources you consulted, with links, and write a brief 50-100 response as to was important to your learning).

Resource #1 =

One resource that has been very useful to me for this project has been, on the article about mood in writing. This article was helpful to me as it briefly explained many aspects of my project. The article went over description, tone and word choice, all essential to my inquiry. This got me quickly started on my project.



Resource #2 = ended up being an extremely useful resource for me on the written side  of creating mood. The article goes into depth on the implementation of mood and provides numerous other resources and links that aided my research. My favourite part of this article was all of the examples given from famous authors such as Charles Dickens. Seeing how experts created mood gave me a target piece of writing to aim for.


Resource #3 = was an important resource for my research on the photography side. The article outlines how light affects mood and acted as a great stepping stone for my research into colour psychology .

Resource #4 = was a valuable resource for me in my research. The article outlined the implementation of many moods through photography and touched on how mood does change on a person to person basis. I also enjoyed this article as it gave many good tips that were helpful in taking photos with emotional aspects.

  1. What new questions do you have about your inquiry? What motivates you or excites you about these questions?

Throughout my inquiry I ended up asking more questions that guided me to a different final result than I was expecting. A large one of these was based around on why mood was actually important. The importance of mood is something I’ve always been told but I never really understood the real value of connection that mood provides. If you can manipulate mood you can manipulate how you want your reader to feel.

Another question that helped guide me to my final project was the connection between mood and individuals. In the beginning I assumed that most colour psychology applied equally to everyone but I quickly realized the variation between people groups. Different cultures have vastly different interpretations of colour. A question that came out of these thoughts was : How do values develop differently and vary between cultures?



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