France: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By Brooke "Don't call me River" Alger, Period 1

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Brooke Alger

Period: 1st

Nation of your choice: France

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am curious about this country because all the pictures are so pretty. An I would like to be able to go to France and visit the Eiffel tower and the beaches. It just seems like a beautiful country to learn about.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I don't really know anything about France. I do know that they have beautiful beaches. An also the Eiffel tower. I hear they have a huge problem with pickpocketing.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I think I will discover that France isn't a great of a place that everyone says it is. But I do hope that I will be learning about France more into depth. An getting to know the culture of the people in France.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): This nation doesn't really have an effect on my life.

New York Times Topics: France

#1 They Say, I Say

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Fear on Rise, Jews in France Weigh an Exit"

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

Essay Author: Dan Bilefsky

Date of Publication: January 12,2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The terrorist attacks last week.

Quote: "France without Jews is not France"


Comment: According to the people of France they feel hatred. I agree that France should put in more effort to have the jews feel more safe, a point that needs emphasizing since so many people think its ok to siege jews.

#2 They Say, I Say

Title of article (in quotation marks): "France: Radio  Strike is Ending"

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

Essay Author: David Jolly

Date of Publication: April 15, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: A protest on reorganization that would have ended up in hundreds of layoffs.

Quote: "Frances most trusted voices in news"


Comment: In the workers view they thought that having a protest would show the owners that they are against them laying off the workers. I agree that having a protest is a great idea if your wanting to prove something because my experience with seeing other peoples protest confirms it.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "When Women are too Thin"

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

Essay Author: The Editoral Board

Date of Publication: April 10, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The Editoral board wrote this message for the models to go by. They wrote this because the models where getting way too skinny, developing  eating disorders, and shows other young women that you have to be skinny to be pretty.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This message was to show us that its not ok to be unhealthily skinny, just to be a model. An it gives the young girls a wrong idea of how too look because you don't have to be skinny to be a model.

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 writers tone is very serious. The writer is trying to get their point of view out there so others can see. The text makes the reader feel like this is a very serious matter.

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 uses irony and figurative speech to have the readers attention.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The text that is used is normal for serious message. Its short and gets to the point fast.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "France: Announces Stronger Fight Against Racism and Anti-Semitism"

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

Essay Author: Alisa J. Rubin and Aurelien Breeden

Date of Publication: April 17, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Alisa and Aurelin wrote this text. To show people that its not ok to put other people into groups because of their race or belief.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This text was forced on racism towards jews. The authors message was that we should be able to be who we are and not be put into a group because of our race.

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 authors used a very serious tone of voice on this text because this is a very serious matter to write about. The text makes the reader feel sad because its sad to know that racism is still going on.

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 authors were using figurative of speech.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This text  had peoples opinions built into this message.

Letter to...

Mrs. Brooke Alger

12749 S. Polo Dr.

Fairfax, Va 22030



March 20, 2015



The Snail Wrangler

58528 Pyramid Way

College Park, FL 33133



Dear Mr. Jeff Gordinier



Hi I am a sophomore at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa Ca. For my english class we had to pick a article from New York Times that caught our attention. An thats when I came across your article called The Snail Wrangler. It was posted on October 16, 2012.

The article that you wrote was every interesting. It's cool to learn about snails, like I never knew they made noises when they eat and that they move faster when they smell food.

I agreed with this article. Because it is useful to know where your food is coming from and how the animals live and where they live. Even though most people don't care where their food comes from or how they live. They should start caring more because you never know what could be in your food.

Thank you for sharing this article to show others to start caring where their food comes from and how they live. You did a very good job of explaining how snails live and where they live.



Sincerely,

Brooke Alger

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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At first I thought France was would just be a fun place to travel but now I see all the amazing buildings and places that are located in France.

2 years ago
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France seemed like any other country but after seeing the beautiful landscape I marvel at its beauty

2 years ago
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I like your letter because you use great details and stay on topic.

2 years ago
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I am curious if the terrorist attacks are going to scare away tourists? It is such a beautiful place to visit.

2 years ago
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I am curious about the pickpocketing issue that still goes on in France. I'm surprised that other people don't notice people pickpocketing them.

2 years ago
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That's really interesting that there's a lot of pick pocketing in France. That's good to know because I'm traveling there this summer.

2 years ago
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I really enjoyed learning about snails also!