Croatia: A look at its' social issues

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

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Joey DiMarco

Period: Third

Nation of your choice: Croatia

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am curious about this country because i know people who have visited there and they said they loved it, I also have family from there on my dads mothers side.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I have done a report on Croatia before when I was in elementary school so i know the basics such as the capital is Zagreb, that it was originally Yugoslavia but then split up, I also know  that is has beautiful beaches and islands right off the coast.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover more about the customs and culture of the Croatian people, I think I will discover something I never even would have thought about would be related to Croatia whatsoever.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): The importance of this country in the global community is its mass amounts of tourism that keeps Croatia afloat, it is also a place of tension because some neighboring country's would like control over it.

New York Times Topics: Hungary

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Joey DiMarco

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks): " Croatia forgiving debt of some of its poorest citizens".

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

Essay Author: Joseph Orovic and Alison Smale.

Date of Publication: Feb 4, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Croatia paying back 5,000 maximum of debt.

Quote: Joseph Orovic states that, " Croatia the European Union's newest member is adopting its own approach, offering what it calls a " new beginning" to 60,000 of its poorest citizens". (New York Times)


Comment: By focusing on that giving back to the poor is a good thing to do, overlooks the deeper problem of how they go into debt in the first place. If someone fell into debt there will most likely  be a possibility of them falling back into debt because even though there debt is eliminated. It does not fix what job they have or what kind of income and fees they need to pay that they can not afford.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Joey DiMarco

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Croatians elect Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic as their first female president."

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

Essay Author: Joanna Berendt and Joseph Orovic

Date of Publication: Jan. 11, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Croatias first female president

Quote: Joanna Berendt states that " In an unexpectedly tight runoff, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, aconservative challenger, won Croatia's election on sunday and is set to become the country's first female president". (New York Times)


Comment: I really like that Croatia now has a female president because it boost's the woman's rights in that area . And not only is she a woman she is also a very experienced politician who at one time was involved in the U.S ambassador for Croatia and has also served as minister of of foreign and European affairs in 2005 to 2008. But this was a very close voting election and I think that the 49% who didn't vote for her may start controversy

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Croatia forgiving debt of its poorest citizens"

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

Essay Author: Joseph Orovic and Alison Smale

Date of Publication: Feb. 4,2015

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 it because they wanted to highlight a good thing that the Croatian government did for its poorest citizens.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about Croatia paying off 5,00 dollars to 60,000 of its poorest citizens and what the effect that this can have. The new beggining that CRoatia wants it to have for its poorest citizens may be the best thing they could do or could backfire and everyone fall back to where they were in the first place.

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 does not have much of a tone in this article but if there is anything I think that it is a factual tone he portrays throughout the article.

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 does not use any stylistic deices I know of.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) It is a factual article expIaning what is hapenning in the country.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Croatians elect Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic as their first female president".

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

Essay Author: Joanna Berendt and Joseph Orovic

Date of Publication: Jan. 11,2015

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 text because because it wanted to display that Croatia had elected its first female president and the country current state it is in.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about Croatia's first female president and the state of the country along with some of its problem. The theme that the author is portraying is how that their new president may help the country immensely in its path to becoming a powerful nation while also showing how weak Croatia is.

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 author has a non opinionated tone.

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 author uses figurative speech.

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

Letter to...

March 22, 2002

Joanna Berendt New York Times

620 Eighth Avenue.

New York, NY 10018

Dear Mrs.Berendt:

My name is Joey DiMarco and I go to Cardinal Newman High school in Santa Rosa, California, where I am currently attending as a sophomore. My english class is working on an assignment in which each student needs to read an article from the New York Times and analyze problems or advances in a country we have chosen. I chose Croatia, the article that I decided to analyze is “Croatian President Election Heads for January Runoff”(NY Times). The reason I chose this article is because I am of Croatian descent and I had heard that Croatia had been going through a tough political and economical time. What I am looking to get from you is some information to back up some of my analyses, and a few explanations about some of the items that you wrote about..

In your article “Croatian President Election Heads for January Runoff”, you explained what was happening during the Croatian presidential election. In this article Ivo Josipovic and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic are the only two left with a shot at winning the election in a tight battle, which caused a runoff. Even though the president is more of a ceremonial position, it is still considered to be an important test before parliamentary elections held later that year. Croatia with one of the weakest governments in the European Union has a 20% unemployment rate, the blame falls onto the shoulders of The Social Democratic Party, which is one of the largest groups in the government. They are backing Mr.Josipovic because he is a law expert as well as a composer, but his competitor Ms.Grabar-Kitarovic “promises a road toward prosperity”.(NY times) Her political background includes being the Croatian ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011. Only about 47% of the people voted due to a blizzard the night before elections.

I am in total agreement with everything you have written in this article, but I do have a few questions/concerns. One of my main concerns is why does the Social Democratic Party think it is a good idea to re-elect Mr.Josipovic if he has already shown that while he is in office the country is falling deeper into an economic crisis? Does the president have any say in the economical decisions made by the country? Another one of my questions for you is, do you think that Croatia is sexist in the way they vote for Ms.Grabar-Kitarovic? Are their views different from the views here in the U.S? One of my only concerns I found by reading this article was Croatia being one of the weakest countries in the European Union, what were some of the main reasons that this happened? Was there any preventable ways to stop the economic crisis?

Once again my purpose for writing to you is to get some of my feedback/questions answered, I would like to thank your for your time in reading my response and for writing a great article that I could use for my studies.

Sincerely,

Joey DiMarco

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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wOw. Mind blowing. I would like to hear more about the social beans go on.

2 years ago
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Very interesting article about Croatia paying back 5,000 in debt. I would like to hear more about that and how the country got into debt too.👍 🔥

2 years ago
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Why do you think that it was such a good idea to have a female president in Croatia? SUCH A GOOD TACKK JOEY😈 👂

2 years ago
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So awesome Croatia finally has a female president. I wonder if the 49% of voters will actually start a controversy.

2 years ago
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I didn't know much about Croatia. I liked your tackk. I feel like i learned more. 😘 😉 hmu sometime Love you joey

2 years ago
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2 years ago
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it is really nice and make me know more about this country. The pictures are beautiful.

2 years ago
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It looks amazing. I would of liked to see more cool photos but everything is perfect.

2 years ago
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I think it's really cool that Croatia has a female president now. Croatia looks like a beautiful place to visit.

2 years ago
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Is there a money problem in Croatia? Is the government in debt?