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: Sammy Brossard

Period: 3

Nation of your choice: France

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am very curious about France because of its diverse land scape and its great history. France has big cities and grassy hills next to the coast line. This provides diversity for anybody to enjoy what they like. It also has great history having to do with the catacombs underneath Paris and the wars they have been in. Also the buildings and all around life style is very interesting to me.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I do not know a lot about France yet except that they have catacombs underneath Paris and that they were part of the allies in world war one. I also know they have great food and is home to the Eifel Tower.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research):I hope to discover a lot more about Frances history and their lifestyle. I also want to learn about what sports are big in France and fun activities that people do there. Another thing I am interested in is cool locations to go for site seeing and hiking.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”):France is very important in the world because it is apart of military operations including ISIS and it plays a big role in immigration.

New York Times Topics: France

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Sammy Brossard

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks): France Seizes 5 Passports Under Antiterrorism Law

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

Essay Author: Alissa J. Rubin and Aurelien Breeden

Date of Publication: February 24, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: France is taking away passports from potential ISIS fighters.

Quote: Alissa J. Rubin states, "The French authorities began to use new, sweeping counterterrorism powers on Monday to halt the stream of young people going to Syria, confiscating the passports of six people suspect of trying to go there to engage in terrorist activities"(NYT).


Comment: I think the ISIS threat is actually something that France should be worrying about considering the threats that they have already received. Not letting people leave France is a little bit strict. I think they should let people go to Syria but not let them come back to France. That would show the people who want to return home and the people that want to join ISIS.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Sammy Brossard

Period:3

Title of article (in quotation marks): In case of L'Oreal Heiress, a Private World of Wealth Becomes Public

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

Essay Author: Doreen Carvajal

Date of Publication: February 25, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The court is arguing that Mrs. L'Oreal is to old and her mental state is fading. Therefore they should take all of her money. This does not make complete sense to me because she worked hard for her money and they have no right to take it. This implies regardless of what she does with the money that she earned.

Quote: Doreen Carvajal exclaims, " The prosecuter said her advanced age, the beginning of dementia and a daily medical regimen of 56 pills, including antidepressants, also invited exploitation"(NYT).


Comment: I don't think that just because she is old and not thinking straight that she should lose all the money that she worked for. She probably has family that it will be handed down to or charities that she can donate to. Also where will the money actually go if she does take it? Why are they trying to take it in the first place?

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): Muslim Chaplain Caught in the Middle

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

Essay Author: Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura

Date of Publication: March 3, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?): The writer wrote this article to practically recruit more Muslim chaplains in France. Also to inform the public on how serious this problem actually is. The audience of this article are the people who believe in the same thing as the author. In this case it would be a safe prison where people are take time to get better not to perform terrorist activities. All in all more Chaplains would mean a safer more efficient prison.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?): The text is about Muslim Chaplains in France prisons who try to help stop radicalization. These are kind of like Muslim priests who talk to people and teach the correct form of the Islamic religion. Somewhere along the lines of history certain Muslims thought it was Gods will to kill non Muslim people. Therefore these Chaplains teach the prisoners the correct way of worship in hopes of keeping the prisons more safe.

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 somewhat in a desperate sort of way they need more Chaplains to support the growing population of Muslims in prison. If there aren't more found there could be more terrorist activities in prisons. Another thing they could do to help is have the current Chaplains work overtime in trying to teach people the correct ways of Islam.

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 has many symbols and Similes in his article. " Salah Hamidi describes himself as a piece of meat on a cutting block, being whacked by a butcher"(1). Other than using metaphors the author also supports his essay with a lot of facts and numbers. This gives solid facts and really supports what he is saying throughout the article.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?): This form of an essay is called an informative essay. It is loaded with facts and statistics that support a main point. The writers is trying to get the point across that they need help in the French prisons. He does that by using facts and statistics.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): France Mourns Attack Victims and Takes Steps Against Further Terrorism

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

Essay Author: Alan Cowell

Date of Publication: January 13, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?): The target audience of this essay is the common people. There is no particular audience other than the people who are interested in how their country is doing. This article is informing the public on what happened and what there government plans on doing next.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?): This text is about the killings that happened in France do to Islamic Extremists. These men felt offended by an article that was written about there faith and they went completely ballistic and killed the authors along with three police men. The public is very concerned on what France will do next to prevent something like this from happening again.

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 mood of this article starts off very sad and mournful of the people who lost their lives. It talks about all of the people who died and all the people at their funerals. Then the it switches to a seriouse mood talking about what France will do next.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) This essay uses a lot of rhetorical questions and analogies focused on why ISIS would do this. Also describing the seen of the funeral.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?): This is a very informative text. It is based on facts and what the country will do next to combat ISIS. This text really informs the public on what they will do next after this tragic attack.

Letter to...

Sammy Brossard

900 Hardstone Way

Santa Rosa, CA 95405

March 19, 2015

New York Times

228 Park, Ave S

New York, NY 10003-1502

Dear Mrs. Alissa J. Rubin:

After reading your article I agree with the fact that France should be worried about another ISIS threat but I don't think that they should be trapping people in France. That has to violate some rights in France. I think we should find a solution to this problem where people are safe but they also have their freedoms.

After the killing of the authors I understand why France would go into a panic. This doesn't mean that everyone going to Syria is going to join ISIS. People may have family there or just want to go to experience a new culture. Also not letting people leave a country makes them want to leave even more.

My opinion on this Crisis is to allow people to go to Syria but not allow them to come back for a certain amount of time. I think it violates a free persons rights to not let them leave a country. There has to be another alternative other than trapping people in France. Another solution is to do detailed background checks on the people who are leaving for Syria. Also when they return they should put them through screening and interrogation just to be sure that they are not apart of ISIS. I have many ideas on how to solve this problem and i am sure that you do as well hopefully there will be a better solution reached about this matter

Your article really opened my eyes to the problems in France. I hope that they will think of a way to solve this before it gets out of hand. I think with my input and the voices of other people France should be able to conquer this problem. thank you for your hard work on this article.

Sincerely,

Sammy Brossard

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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2 years ago
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i'll bet that France goes into an economic downfall within the next couple centuries. At first I thought this is a cool country, but then I realized it wasn't America.🇺🇸

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2 years ago
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