New Zealand

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

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Nick Comfort

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: New Zealand

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am curious about this country because me and my family took a trip to New Zealand when I was about four years old. I remember really liking it, but don't remember much. I would like to get a taste of what I experienced all those years ago.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I don't know much except that there are existential amounts of sheep. I know that it is also quite mountainous and that it is a great place for adventure, nature and spending time with family and/or friends. Lakes are scattered among the landscape like stars among sky and they exhibit their beauty through the pristine glass like surface of their waters, reflecting the mountains in the distance. New Zealand, from what I remember, is very well endowed with beauty and adventure.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): i think that I will discover more about New Zealand's history and how it became inhabited. I think I will learn more about what adventures and mysteries it has to offer.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): This country doesn't hold great importance to myself as I have only been there once and do not remember very much. New Zealand, on a global scale, is not very important either. You don't hear about New Zealand invading other countries, or about going to war. They are quite insignificant compared to other countries like the U.S., England, Russia and China, purely because of it's lack of territory, population and global influence.

New York Times Topics: New Zealand

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Nick Comfort

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Paradise of New Zealand has problems too, many much like ours"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The Guardian

Essay Author: Michael White

Date of Publication: Friday 22 February 2013

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Child poverty is a problem.

Quote: "Unemployment is slightly lower in the U.K, but a lot of kids grow up poor."


Comment: Michael White explains that at least twenty-five percent of all children living in New Zealand are living in poverty. There is always going to be a lower class, but, these children need to be better taken care of. This is a problem in New Zealand. The child care provided is not sufficient enough to incorporate all of the impoverished children. This is due to lack of funding, including a number of multiple issues one of which being the dwindling middle class. There is a substantial gap between higher level citizens and lower level, impoverished citizens. This gap is becoming broader and broader as time goes on. This leaves only two classes instead of three, a high class and a low class, much like that of the monarchies that ruled over Europe before the middle class even became a concept to the human race. These children who are blameless for being born into an underprivileged life, are being treated like insignificant, unimportant swine. They are given the bare minimum benefits that are required by law. I think New Zealand needs to step up and conclude this episode of disregard towards lower level citizens, especially children.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Nick Comfort

Period: 2

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#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Richard Randerson: Moral society must vote against poverty"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New Zealand Herald

Essay Author: Richard Randerson

Date of Publication: Tuesday 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?) Richard Randerson wrote this article to illustrate the atrociously high volume of people, including children who live in poverty within New Zealand. Twenty-five percent of all children living in New Zealand live in poverty.

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?)

#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...

Nicholas Comfort

7808 Foothill Ranch Road

Santa Rosa, CA


March 21, 2015


Address


Dear Mr. Randerson,


   Hello. I am Nick Comfort and am sixteen years old and am writing this letter to expand on your article about the impoverished population of New Zealand and what people can do about it. I would like to communicate with the general public in my area about this ongoing dilemma taking place in New Zealand and see what I can do to help.


   I read your article published March 13, 2015, that expounded upon the fact that a moral society must coalesce against poverty in order to rid the population of its effects. You stated your ideas well and clearly and I agree on a substantial amount of the points made throughout your article. One of these points being: spending one billion dollars on the incarcerated populace when the government could be appropriating that funding towards various ventures that could benefit the eradication of the problem at hand.


   I also acknowledge your perspective on the governments lethargic attitude towards the impoverished child population. The government needs to take more necessary precautions towards the well-being of their citizens, especially the children. As a consequence of their inability to be more tentiful towards this dispute, the divergence between the upper-class citizens and lower-class citizens is expanding which in turn, is leading to a considerably large predicament. How do you think the government will act upon these issues? What will the citizens do about it?


   I would like to try to lend service to this cause in order to abolish this problem to leave impoverished children with more than what they currently possess. Child poverty is a problem that is occurring globally. Thank you for writing that article to help spread the awareness of the problem dwelling within our own towns. Thank you for your time and I hope this letter had, at least, a small impact on your views.


Sincerely,


Nicholas Comfort

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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I find it really interesting that 25% of children living in New Zealand are in poverty. I really think that your Tackk is very well done. Your Big Fives and They Say I Says are very well written. I was wondering what do you think New Zealand could do to help these children who are living in poverty.

2 years ago
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I love the pictures but the picture of the map is confusing. Change it into a c00ler 1. 1 th1nk th@t would be @wsome

2 years ago
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2 years ago
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Interesting to learn about all the events that are happening through new Zealand I loved the picture