Mexico: 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: Colin Burke

Period: 1st

Nation of your choice: Mexico

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): Whenever I hear news about Mexico it seems like its either gang related or drug related. I find this interesting. I struggle to read, but never get bored hearing about these events. My friends tease me about wanting to join a cartel, but this isn't true. I am fascinated the way a nation can be so beautiful on the surface and so corrupt and dangerous on underneath.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I don't really know a lot about Mexico yet except that some parts of it are really corrupt but some parts of it are really beautiful. I've been to Cabo before which is the super touristy part of Mexico and it was beautiful. I've never been to Tijuana which seems to be the scariest part of Mexico from what I've heard.  

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): That I will actually really like this country and see that what everyone hears about isn't what Mexico is all about. I will see that the culture is very rich in the city's that the tourists don't want to visit.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): Drug cartel, gang violence, the beauty of the country

New York Times Topics: Mexico

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Colin Burke   

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks): "A familiar ager begins to boil in Mexico"  

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

Essay Author: Randal C. Arrchibold

Date of Publication: November 15 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: An anger that has been seen in Mexico before is coming back.

Quote: Randall states, "The fate of 43 college students missing and presumed killed and burned to ashes in a mass abduction in September has bred ire and indignation in many corners of Mexico."


Comment: I agree that the disappearance of the college students has bred ire and indignation in the corners of Mexico. the fact that their were many protests held confirms it.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Collin Burke

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks): Mexico: State officials find 60 bodies in an abandoned crematorium.

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

Essay Author: Elizabeth Malkin

Date of Publication: February 6 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: State officials believe that the finding of these bodies is drug related.

Quote: The authorities believe that "the bodies of 60 men, women and children had been found piled in an abandoned crematorium in Acapulco, but they appeared to have been prepared for cremation and left behind rather than dumped there by drug gangs."   


Comment: If the authorities are right that the bodies are in a crematorium, as I think they are, then we need to reassess the popular assumption that they were killed because of gang related issues.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Mexico: State officials find 60 bodies inside an abandoned crematorium.  

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

Essay Author: Elizabeth Malkin

Date of Publication: February 6, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The text was written for everyone. the reason she wrote it was to get peoples attention and show dangerous Mexico.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) Its about 60 that were just left in an abandoned crematorium. her message is to raise awareness for the people who were just left to rot.

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 kind of unhappy in this article which makes you question if those bodies were abandoned on purpose.

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 seems to be even through it is a fact which shows which shows a little bit of bias opinion.

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

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized):

Essay Author:

Date of Publication:

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?)

Mr. Colin Burke
3744 Hennessy place
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

March 19, 2015

National palace
06066 ciudad de Mexico
Plaza de la Constucion S/N centro, Cauhtemoc

Dear chief of police of Mexico City:
My name is Colin Burke. I go to Cardinal Newman high school in Santa Rosa, CA. In my English class we are researching a country and learning about it. I want to give you a few words of advice from a citizen of the United States.

I read an article in the New York Times for my project. The title of the article is "A familiar anger begins to boil again in Mexico". I am responding to the fact that the citizens feel like the police are corrupt.

The citizens of Mexico are angry about all the corruption in Mexico. It seems as if the police don't even really want to try and fix the cartel problem in Mexico. The cartel is slowly destroying Mexico and they won't stop unless the police get involved and stop them.

I think what the citizens really want to see is a little more effort from the police in Mexico to fix this problem. They feel like the police don't really care and some feel that the police are corrupt. Thank you so much for your time and for reading my letter.

Sincerely,

Colin Burke

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
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I liked your tackk, although you didn't finish it, you're insight on the country is very interesting, Good job!

2 years ago
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It is really interesting that there were 60 bodies found in an abandoned crematorium, a great choice of topic.

2 years ago
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I think the choice of Mexico for this project was a key choice, lots a key information there! #gamechanger

2 years ago
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That's really weird that 43 college students went missing but you made a really awesome tackk page.

2 years ago
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This is a work and progress right? I like how you had great details in the stories though.

2 years ago
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This is really good work of you I feel how you care about your parnets

2 years ago
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I like the structure of your articles