Italy: 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: Daniel Anderson

Period: 3

Nation of your choice: Italy

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am interested in Italy for several reasons. First, they have amazing food and I think it would be fun to research all the Italian cuisine. Also, Italy is home to some of the nicest car manufacturers like Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini. Italy is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world and I would love to visit it someday.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): The country of Italy is located in Europe. It is shaped somewhat like a boot. Italy is known for it's amazing food. Especially pasta and pizza. Also, I have seen pictures of a canal that runs through the city which I think is cool.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover more about Italian culture. This includes their food, their people, their landscape, their life style, and their sports.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): Italy is very important for Catholicism and is on of the central Catholic areas. I don't know too much about this but I do know it is the center of Catholicism. Italy also is a place where many people immigrate to and I know they struggle with immigration laws and problems.

New York Times Topics: Italy

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Daniel Anderson

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Migrants Are Plucked From Sea Off Libya, but 29 Die Aboard Italian Rescue Ships"

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

Essay Author: Gaia Pianigiani and Jim Yardley

Date of Publication: February 9, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Out of control Italian Immigration

Quote:

Gaia Pianigiani states, "More than 170,000 people arrived in Italy along, while more than 3,200 people are estimated to have died at sea making the attempt."


Comment:

I know that the issue in Libya and the Middle East are very serious so I understand why so many people are immigrating to nearby countries. However, Italy needs to be more strict about who can come into their country so they do not become over-populated. If they are not strict they will suffer from overpopulation, there will be many different languages, and crime rates would go up/

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Daniel Anderson

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks): "ISIS Heads to Rome"

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

Essay Author: Thomas L. Friedman

Date of Publication: Feb. 25, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: ISIS possibly heading to Rome

Quote:

According to Thomas L. Friedman, "A murderous video issued by the Islamic State, or ISIS, warned, 'Today we are south of Rome,' one militant said. 'We will conquer Rome with Allah's permission.'"


Comment:

When people in Rome saw this they posted things on Twitter saying taunting things to come and get them basically,  or making fun of ISIS. In the article it says this was a good thing to do, but I disagree. I feel like taunting ISIS would only make them more angry with Rome and make them want to hurt or kill more people. This is why I feel that the sort of bully attempt is not a good idea.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "ISIS Heads to Rome"

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

Essay Author: Thomas L. Friedman

Date of Publication: Feb. 25, 2015

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

The audience is people who are either educated on the topic of ISIS and the Middle East or people who are looking to become educated on ISIS and the Middle East. This is because the article seems directed at government officials and what they should do or change but the article is also very informative on ISIS and can be used to learn about them.

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

Mainly to educate about ISIS and ideas on how to defeat them. The author talks about how the US keeps repeating its mistakes in the Middle East of overestimating the power of religious ideology and under appreciating the impact of misgovernance. He believes that most do not join in the name of religion. Rather, many are just losers, misfits, adventure seekers, and young men who've never held power, a job, or a girl's hand and joined ISIS to get all three. This is because ISIS offers them all of these things: power, sex, and jobs.

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 frustrated because he keeps stating what people are doing wrong when dealing with ISIS and how our government is repeating it's mistakes. He also uses some sarcastic remarks which really makes him seem frustrated.

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

He uses metaphors, irony, and repetition. An example of irony is after the author explains his ideology of how do defeat ISIS and then says, "I know: sounds impossible."

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

It is in a ton of small paragraphs like an editorial. It is a very informative piece of writing and is clearly written to educate people or re-educate people on the topic of ISIS. Even though he is educating he is also very opinionated and this is a very biased article.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):  "Italian Soccer Has Too Many 'Colored Players,' Revered Coach Says"

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

Essay Author: Robert Mackey

Date of Publication: Feb. 17, 2015

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

Robert Mackey wrote this article directed at people who care about soccer. Not necessarily from only Italy but soccer lovers all around the world. He might have also directed this at sports fans in general.

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

This text is about former A.C. Milan coach, Arrigo Sacchi. The article discusses how the coach said that there were too many foreigners in Italian soccer and that this was bad for Italian soccer.

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 is very against the soccer coach because it seems like Robert Mackey is twisting the coaches words to make what he said seem even worse to get more peoples attention and views on his article. This tends to happen with a lot of media where they bend the truth to make the story more interesting and attractive for the readers or viewers.

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 article uses pictures. The pictures are of some of the colored soccer players the article talks about and also coach Arrigo Sacchi. The article also uses videos. The videos are of interviews with Mr. Sacchi. Lastly, the article uses tweets from several different people which express different views on the topic.

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

The article is in many small paragraphs like the previous one. It is in the same form as an editorial but is not one because it is more of a breaking news type of thing that you may see on TV or in a magazine. I think it closely relates to a magazine article because it seems to twist the truth like magazines do on celebrities.

Letter to Robert Mackey

Daniel Anderson

318 Whitethorn Court

Windsor, CA 95492

March 23, 2015

Robert Mackey

620 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY, 10018

Dear Robert Mackey,

I am a sophmore at Cardinal Newman High School. I am doing a research project on Italy and it’s social issues. I have primarily been using New York Times and stumbled across an article of yours.

I read the article “Italian Soccer Has Too Many ‘Colored Players,’ Revered Coach Says.” This article was about former AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi and how he said that having so many foreigners in Italian soccer was a disgrace.

I liked in the article how you integrated tweets from Twitter in between paragraphs to help the reader see other important peoples’ opinions on the topic. One tweet stood out to me and it was the last one in the article said by John Foot. It said, “Simple lesson. ‘Too many foreigners’=xenophobia, ‘Too many black players’= racism.” I liked this quote because I think the way he state his point is creative yet strong.

I like the way you wrote this article and look forward to reading similar articles in the future from you. Thank you for your work and time.



Sincerely,





Daniel Anderson

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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VERY VERY well made Daniel. Beautiful. I would love to hear more about Italy. I love the pictures and the articles. It looks like you have spent a lot of time and hard work on this. 😍 👍 👌 💋 I want to hear more about this😘 🔥 💕 💍

2 years ago
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+image I LOVE YOU

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2 years ago
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Something I found Interesting about Italy was Italy is home to some of the nicest car manufacturers like Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini. My opinion on his tack was that is was very nicely done and well put together.

2 years ago
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I just read this for the 6th time. This is so unbelievably PERFECT I LOVE IT

2 years ago
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My latest thought about this is that you had very detailed paragraphs regarding ISIS

2 years ago
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I had amazing time reading for almost a solid 8 min and my first thought about if you could do more history behind it