Australia : A Look at it's Social Issues

Project Overview

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

Project Proposal

Name: Katy Dellera

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: Australia

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I want to learn more about Australia because my mom is from there and my mom's whole side of the family lives there. I have been to Australia many times through my life and it would be cool to learn more and discover new things about it. I'm curious about their culture and life style. Reading about Australia's economic and political issues really got me interested in the way they handle things down under.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): Australia actually started off as an island that the UK had used to put their prisoners but it soon after became a country. It would be cool to learn more about this

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover more about the history and I would like to learn more about how Australia came to be. It's such an amazing place and I would love to know more about it.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community):

New York Times Topics: Australia

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Katy Dellera 

Period: 2  

Title of article (in quotation marks): Australia Bars Travel to Mosul Ahead of Planned Offensive

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

Essay Author: Rueters

Date of Publication: 3/1/2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Australia barred its citizens from travelling to Mosul.

Quote:According to this article, on Monday March 1st, "Australia barred it's citizens from travelling to Mosul in Northern Iraq." And clearly states, Prime Minister Tony Abbot had started a tough new security power in Australia which says, "Australian citizens can face up to a decade in prison for overseas travel to areas declared off limits." This is the second time Australia has used a tough new law barring and they have come up with new major consequences to try and stop this.


Comment: I agree with this idea of the government stopping Australians from joining the terrorist conflict in Iraq and Syria and the supporting of terrorist organizations. The consequences of facing decades in prison may help the problem but, how will they ban all these people from going? If they ban these citizens from going certain places, they will need a tight security and has "warned that the balance between freedom and security may have to shift."

They Say , I Say

Student Name: Katy Dellera

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): Australia Battles to Contain Worst Wildfires in 30 Years

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

Essay Author: Rueters

Date of Publication:1/5/2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Hundreds of firefighters were battling to contain Australia's worst wildfires in 30 years.

Quote: This year Australia has experienced the worst wildfires because of the climate change and how hot it is getting. According to this article, "The fires are the worst in terms of scale intensity since the Ash Wednesday fires of 1983 which killed 75 people and destroyed more than 2000 homes". Hundreds of families have been evacuated and firefighters are always on the move. Country Fire Service state coordinator Breton Eden says, "We've got to get through these hot days and see no increase in the perimeter of this fire".


Comment: In this case these fires are a natural cause and Australia is known for its heat.  The firefighters efforts have been amazing but the forecast is high temperatures and changing winds. This can cause a major problem but Australia has handled things like this before, in 1983.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Australia Bars Travel to Mosul Ahead of Planned Offensive"

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

Essay Author: Rueters

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?) This article was written by "Rueters" and I believe it was written for everyone to plan against Isis and the terrorist. It's become a huge problem and Australia is taking the time to try and prevent as much as they can.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The article focus' on Australia's new security and how the government is barring it's citizens from travelling to Northern Iraq. The author's message is to let people know what they have started and spread the word to try and stop as much as possible.

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 and mood of this article is really to get the reader thinking on what is happening in the world. And the author clearly states, "Australian citizens can face up to a decade in prison for overseas travel declared off limits", to inform the reader how serious this topic is.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)  For this article it tells more about the demands and determination Australia is heading towards for this so called "battle". After this serious article, it effects your way of thinking on what is happening around the world.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This article is to strictly to inform the reader on what is happening in Australia and how hard they are going to be on this new law barring. The author really captures the danger of this topic is with the examples he has.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): : "Should Great White Sharks Remain Protected?"

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

Essay Author: Mark Mcdonald

Date of Publication: August 13, 2012

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) I believe this author strictly wrote this article to focus on the dangers of shark attacks and for the reader to focus on what they believe should happen in this specific issue.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This article is mostly about the protection of sharks and if this ordeal should resume. Recently there have been too many shark attacks and this has brought a danger to many people. Is this because great white sharks have been protected for too long? Federal officials are deciding if they should take them off the lost or not.

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.) Mr. Mcdonald has lots of evidence and description about this topic. I liked one of his quotes he had which was, "Ten times as many people are killed annually from being conked on the head by a falling coconut". I believe he said this at the end of his article to leave a message to the reader of what he believed is right.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This article is mostly about evidence and quotes from other people. He doesn't really give his own personal opinion on the issue.

Letter to...

Katy Dellera

50 Ursuline Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

March 23, 2015


Mark Mcdonald

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Dear Mr. Mcdonald,

My name is Katy Dellera and I am a student at Cardinal Newman High School and I recently have been assigned a new project in English class and we have to look up a country we are interested in. I chose Australia for my project and through my research I stumbled upon your article which really caught my eye and I really would like your opinion on this issue and how you think it should be handled.

Your article is titled, “Should Great White Sharks Remain Protected?” which was written August 13, 2012. It basically explains the shark attacks happening in Perth, Australia and states that the federal officials have been thinking about which is taking great white sharks off the protected list.

In my opinion I don’t favor sharks, I believe they should be taken off the protected list. Although shark attacks are rare, there are many sharks and the population isn’t increasing or decreasing so I why not take them off the list? Sharks are a danger and keep people at risk. What do you believe should happen in this case? Do you think they should stay protected?

Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you! I was very interested in this article and would like to know more on what you think about this topic.

Sincerely,


Katy Dellera

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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wow I wonder if you traveled to australia if you would be able to get into an organization to help preserve the life of sharks😌

2 years ago
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I guess it seems like sharks should be kept in some kind of captivity

2 years ago
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Your talk is very interesting, especially the shark article.

2 years ago
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You know a lot about Australia. Do you have a connection to it or do you just like Australia?