France: 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: Carlie Borders

Period: 1st

Nation of your choice: France

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am going to this country during the summer and I wanted to learn more about what had happened.  This has been a problem in the media for a long time and it is one of the biggest social crises currently in France.  I Have heard hear say about what had happened but I would like to research for myself.  Maybe when I go to France in the summer I will have a better understanding of the French culture and their interactions with other countries.  I hope to find out more about this topic.  

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues):  Charlie Hebdo was working on a satirical magazine that followers of Muhammad, believed that Muhammad was depicted in a way that was disrespectful of their religion.  On January 7th 12 members of magazine productions were killed by military Islamists.    

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research):

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”):

New York Times Topics: France

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name:

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Title of article (in quotation marks):

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized):

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Essay main idea/thesis statement:

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Comment:

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Carlie Borders

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist to Stop Drawing Muhammad"

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

Essay Author: Jennifer Schuessler

Date of Publication: April 29th 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The main idea of this article is that a Charlie Hebdo cartoonist said he would never draw a picture of Muhammad or anything similar to that again, after the killings at the publication office.

Quote: Jennifer argues that "The cartoonist who drew the Prophet Muhammad for the first issue of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo after the killings at the publication’s offices in January has said that he will no longer turn his pencil to that subject".


Comment: If Jennifer is right that the cartoonist is done drawing pictures of Muhammad, then we must reassess the popular assumption that the cartoonist will continue to mock Islam by drawing pictures of Muhammad.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist to Stop Drawing Muhammad"

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

Essay Author: Jennifer Schuessler

Date of Publication: April 29th 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Jennifer most likely wrote the text to soothe the unrest within the Muslim society because of the killings at the publication office of Charlie Hebdo earlier this year.  I believe the author wrote it to show how the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo wanted to restore peace with the Muslim society.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text focusses on how the Charlie Hebdo cartoonist no longer have an interest in drawing pictures of Muhammad.  The cartoonist believe that the subject is no longer an interest to them, most likely because of the way word spread.

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 seems neutral.  It does not have any exciting attributes, it did not have any special punctuation such as exclamation points, or voice any opinion.  The writing was mainly fact, the only bias opinions were from the quotes that were said by other people.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) I did not find many special devices that were used throughout the article.  In my opinion the article was quite plain.  There were some metaphors in some of the quotes throughout the article.   There was a slight hint of dramatization in some of the quotes also.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)   The article has small paragraphs throughout itself.  The paragraphs are about 3-4 sentences long.  Majority of the paragraphs are filled with quotes of the cartoonists. The article consists of a paragraph with a quote and some evidence, and a paragraph after that containing facts.

#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?)

Letter to...

Ms. Carlie Borders

1752 Bodega Avenue

Petaluma, CA 94952

March 23, 2015

The TimesCenter, The New York Times

620 8th Avenue

New York, NY 10018

Dear Associated Press,

I am writing you on behalf of your article “Je Suis Charlie? Attack Starts Debate on Free Speech Limits”. I am a Sophmore at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa California. My english teacher had assigned us a project to research a country and some of its social issues. I had chosen France because I will be visiting there this summer, and wanted to be aware of such issues while I am visiting. In your opinion, do you think the Charlie Hebdo magazine was depicting the prophet Muhammad on its cover was meant as satire or if it was truly meant offend Muslims? Do you know of any past offenses this magazine company has had with the Muslim culture?

The article I am speaking of was published on the 10th of January this year. The article was referring to the cry “Je Suis Charlie” that had spread across the world, this tragedy had started a monumental debate on free speech, and whether to right to offend someone is necessary. Your group had decided not to show images because, “ AP tries hard not to be a conveyor belt for images and actions aimed at mocking or provoking people on the basis of religion, race, or sexual orientation…”. There were many people that had defended the acts of Charlie Hebdo, others believed that freedom of speech has certain limits.

I believe that freedom of speech should be as it sounds, free without consequences, but it is the conscience of the person speaking that should be aware of such consequences. Freedom of speech had been established hundreds of years before this attack had happened. I believe freedom of speech does not need to have limits, but people should be more careful of what they say. I hope you will be able to answer some of my questions, thank you for taking time to read my letter. P.S. I get extra credit if you write back. Thank you again.

Sincerly,

Carlie Borders

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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I find it interesting that you chose to do France because you were going there this summer!

2 years ago
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Its great that you are wanting to see social problems about the country you are visiting.