Ukraine: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By Gunnar Hayman

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Gunnar Hayman

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: Ukraine

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am interested in the current political issues involving Ukraine. I feel like it theres much to learn about the problems plaguing the Ukraine. But along with that, I feel the country is rich with culture, and I want to learn about that as well. Ukraine is a vast country with many different kinds of settings, and I'm excited to have the ability to learn more about them. I feel it will be a great experience learning more about this country.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I'm familiar with Russia invading Kiev and I'm also aware of the current ceasefire with the rebels. Along with that I know that it is located next to Russia, Belarus, and Poland. But aside from those points, I don't know all that much about Ukraine. That's why I'm excited to learn more about it.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I predict I learn more about the current political issues but also learn more about the culture and life of the Ukrainian people. The culture is so diverse and exciting its hard not to want to learn more. I plan to learn a lot more about the history of the Ukraine.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): Ukraine does not have much importance in my life, I'm just interested in learning more about the country. Ukraine has an impact on the global community because of all the ongoing conflicts involving Russia. These conflicts were what grabbed my attention initially. But there is so much more things to learn about I had to choose this country.

New York Times Topics: Ukraine

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name:Gunnar Hayman

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Early Memo Urged Moscow to Annex Crimea, Report Says."

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Neil MacFarquhar

Date of Publication: Feb. 25. 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement:

Quote: The author states, "the memo predicted Mr. Yanukovych’s overthrow and suggested that Russia use the European Union’s own rules on self-determination to pry away Crimea and a significant chunk of eastern Ukraine."

Comment:I believe that the memo is real. The main reason is because it highlights the idea of pushing for federalization of the Ukraine. This is something that Russia has been doing from the beginning. Regardless if the spokesperson of the Kremlin said otherwise, I believe that the memo is real. And I also believe it shows how much thought Russia has put into this whole ordeal.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Gunnar Hayman

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Ukraine to Pull Back Artillery From Edge of Separatist Zone"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Andrew Roth

Date of Publication: Feb. 26. 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Ukrainian military is removing heavy weapons from front line of conflict.

Quote: The statement said, "“If there are attempts to attack, the heavy weapons withdrawal schedule will be adjusted, Ukrainian troops are fully prepared to defend the country.”


Comment: I disagree with this decision because the rebels have shown that they do not respect the ceasefire. They have done things that are in direct violation of the cease fire. And I believe they will continue to do so, especially if they are removing weapons from the front line. All together I believe that this is a very poor decision made by the Ukraine.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Russia and Ukraine Move Toward Resolution of Feud Over Natural Gas Payments"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Andrew E. Kramer

Date of Publication: Feb. 28 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The author wrote this article to shed light upon the energy conflict that was going on in the Ukraine. Andrew updates us on how the Ukraine and Russia dealt with the issue of natural gas supply.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text focuses on Ukraine's supply of natural gas. Its talking about how delicate the scale of power is. And how Russia seems to have a say in everything going on. Ukrainian officials denied that they tried to shut down gas supply to the rebels, and this shows how important basic thing like power are at this time.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?)The article has a very chaotic vibe to it. It paints the picture of how tumultuous things currently are in the Ukraine.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) He uses figurative speech quite often in the article. He uses them in a way that makes you truly understand the severity of the situation. Like the way he refers to the Western Finance as a "lifeline" makes it apparent that the Ukraine may not survive without it.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):"Ukraine Town Eases Back Into Life After Deadly Week of Fighting"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Andrew E. Kramer

Date of Publication:Feb. 20 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?)

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?)

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)

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