Australia: A Look at it's Social Issues

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

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Justin Accornero

Period: 1

Nation of your choice: Australia

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country: My moms Boyfriend is from Australia and I am curious to find out more. He has told me some things about Australia but I feel that there is much more to learn. Australia seems like a very interesting place, and I would love to look into the way people live and the differences they have from where I live.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): Australia is a large country, and there are many places to explore. The animals are very exotic, and I love the scenery. Australia has many different sports, such as motocross, cricket, soccer, ect.... I have also noticed that Australia is home to may exotic animals. I have seen videos of the beautiful plains, and the gorgeous desert-like biomes. Australia is home to the opera house, which I believe has to do with opera? I would love to look more into there culture and there religions that are practiced.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover more about Australia as a whole. I feel that learning more about the political and economical side of Australia, may benefit me. I will be learning many new things, and i will be taking in information that will be very interesting. I feel that i will discover more of the big picture of Australia, such as the economic problems, learning more about sports, even learning more about the exotic animals.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): Australia has been a country that has caught my eye for as long as i can remember. I really love the way people live in Australia. The animals are my favorite part, and also the motocross. Australia is home to 22 million people. The reason I have always loved Australia is because the way they live. If i could live anywhere in the world, it would be Australia. The "so what" of Australia is the way they live. They live in such a easy way. The beaches are fantastic, the people are friendly, and it just seems like everyone loves Australia, especially the famous Australian accent.

New York Times Topics: Australia

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Justin Accornero  

Period: 1

Title of article (in quotation marks): "China product recalled in Australia after hepatitis outbreak."

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

Essay Author: Reuters

Date of Publication: 2-15-2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: A outbreak linked to poor hygiene and water supply in a Chinese packaging plant.

Quote: "clearly there's strong evidence that there may have been a contamination during the packaging process, as they are fully sealed and then transported to Australia.

Comment: I agree that the outbreak needs to be stopped because my experience reading about this topic confirms it. It leaves me to think that all of the items we receive from china may be contaminated also. Reuters idea on the hepatitis outbreak is extremely accurate, and they have facts to back them up.

#2 They Say, I Say

#3 The Big 5

Student Name: Justin Accornero

Period: 1

Title of article (in quotation marks): "cats and foxes are killing off species in Australia, study says."

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

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: 2-9-2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Studies show that more than 10% of land mammals have been wiped out dew to the coming of cats and foxes from European settlers.

Quote: " We knew it was bad, but i think our tallies were much worse than previously thought"

Comment: I feel that it is natural to have animals kill off populations. It is nature. Everything else dies and then reproduces, so the population should grow back over time when the cats do not enter the country.

Title of article (in quotation marks): "cats and foxes are killing off species in Australia, study says."

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: 2-9-2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The associated press, this article was written for Australia so the people can figure out why the population of some animals are decreasing.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This text is about the decrease in population dew to the incoming of european settler's cats and dogs.

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 writer seems to have strong feelings about this problem, and he feels that the species hunted to well, and they spread rapidly.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) The writer dosent really use any devices, but he incorporates more meaningful facts that draw the reader in, not only readers from Australia, but readers all over the world.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This text to me is a heads-up to european settlers, and should make them think about the country before they bring over a species that harms the rest of Australia.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "8 children found dead neat Cairns, Australia"

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

Essay Author: Asia Pacific

Date of Publication: 12/19/2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The writer really focuses on the big idea of the article. The police have yet to gather all the information, but the writer does her best to describe what she can of the killing. This was written to inform the public of the tragedy that has happened.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about a gruesome killing of 8 children. The author appears to be giving out a message to tell the public the news, but also to try and stop the number of murders in Australia. She really goes deep into the police reports and finds the most information she can with the resources she has.

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 tone of the writer is very serious. I feel that no matter where you live in the world, that this article should affect you. The reader seems very serious, and has a emotion towards the conflict.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) The writer did not use any big devices, but I feel that she could have incorporated some rhetorical questions. She could have asked what our opinion is on the article, or asked what the reason for the killing may have been.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The structure of this article is informal. It informs us about information we may not know about, and pulls us in to make us keep reading and want to find out more.

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
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The article addressing the murders of the 8 children, really brings light upon the vulgar behavior of some people. This article sounds terribly sad and depressing

2 years ago
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Australia seems like an interesting place to visit and reading how cats and foxes are killing off species sounds concerning