Ireland: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By: Charlie Ryan

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name:Charlie Ryan

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: Ireland

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): My family is from Ireland and i have always wanted to go. I am an Irish citizen but have never been. I have always wanted to see the Irish coast and see the local villages. It would be life changing to see the coast of Ireland and look at how green the grass is.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): Ireland is an island in Europe. It uses the currency Euro's. A quarter of Ireland belongs to The United Kingdom.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I am hoping to learn about the land and more about the history.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community):This country has been a huge importance in my life, it is where my family comes from and it is a happy place when i think about it.

New York Times Topics: Ireland

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Charlie Ryan

Period: 2nd

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Off Ireland, a Rugged Journey to Remote Ruins"

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

Essay Author: James Sparchatt

Date of Publication: October 25, 2013

Essay main idea/thesis statement: John O'shea explains the rouged path taken by 10,000 people each year. He explains this rough journey taken 8 miles off the coast off the southwest coast of Ireland

Quote: "if anyone can explain why 10,000 people each year make the stomach churning passage to Skellig Michael, a desolate rock pinnacle 8 miles off Irelands southwest coast John O'shea can… The steps are rough, narrow and slippery when damp,which they usually are, without so much as a flimsy handrail as a barrier between you and oblivion hundreds of feet below."


Comment: This article showed me the beauty Ireland has to offer. The rouged path called Skellig Michael sounds amazing from how they describe it.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Charlie Ryan

Period: 2nd

Title of article (in quotation marks): Alexandria-Arlington Community Calendar, March 5-12 2015

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): Washington Post

Essay Author: Bally Shaners

Date of Publication: March 4th

Essay main idea/thesis statement: "If you want to celebrate your Irish heritage, enjoy a drink while listening to good music or go on a wild-and-crazy pub crawl, there are plenty of chances to do so in D.C area before March 17. You'll Probably have a lot more fun too"

Quote:"March 7th, Alexandria St. Patrick's day Parade, brings floats dancers, bands, bagpipes, classic cars and a dog show to the streets of Old Town."


Comment:

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): The Poacher's Pocket in Lisbane is a restaurant with a farm shop

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized):The Guardian

Essay Author: Clare Gogerty

Date of Publication:25 October 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) People of all ages.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The message was that there is a nice place to stay and a good drink on a beautiful country side 45 minutes out of town.

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 tone is upbeat peaceful and relaxing.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) it uses rhetorical questions to show that you want to be there instead of anywhere else.

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

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): Angry In Ireland

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): Washington Post

Essay Author: Caitlin Kenney

Date of Publication: March 24th 2009

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) People who dont live in Ireland

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The economy of Ireland

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?) That Ireland is in a tough spot but slowly getting out of it.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) figurative speech

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) It talks about the economey and how they will fix it

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