Sweden: A Look at it's Social Issues

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

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name:Spencer Douglass

Period: 2nd Period

Nation of your choice: Sweden

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I have heard a lot about this country from my parents and my friends. I have heard that it is very interesting. I knew that if I got a chance to research this country I would. I am interested in learning about what life is like in Sweden. I am also interested in learning about their different customs, what the weather is like, what kind of food they eat, and many other things.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I do not know much at all about Sweden. I know that it was originally called the kingdom of Sweden. I also know that Swedish is the main language. The last thing I know is that they sell Swedish meatballs in Ikea, which I hear are pretty tasty. I also know that they have had recent religious disputes.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to learn many new things about Sweden. I hope to learn about the different customs, the food they eat, and how they go through their everyday lives. I think I will learn more about the religious disputes that are taking place. I think I will be able to find a lot of information. Researching this country is going to be a lot of fun.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): This country is important because it is a country that not everyone else is doing. My teacher told me to pick a country that is unique and that nobody else will be doing so I chose Sweden.  It is important to me because it is something that I don't know a lot about it and I am excited to learn about it. I hear a lot about this country when I am talking to my parents or other people and I hope to learn more about it.

New York Times Topics: Sweden

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name:Spencer Douglass

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Jay Z Bids for a Swedish Streaming Company to Expand His Empire"

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

Essay Author:Ben Sisario

Date of Publication: January 30, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Jay Z sends bid to Aspiro

Quote: According to a spokeswoman for the rapper an his company, the shift of streaming "offers great potential for increased entertainment consumption and an opportunity for artists to further promote their music. Panther's strategic ambition revolves around global expansion and up scaling of Aspiro's platform, technology and services."


Comment: I agree with this spokeswoman because it is a great idea to have Jay Z take over this Swedish company. It would help the company of Aspiro and its services become more popular and they would have more of a profit. Becoming more popular and creating more of a profit would help them compete with some of the larger music sharing companies such as Spotify and Rhapsody. Also, it would be a great idea because it would help new artists promote their music. Promoting the music of new artists will also help increase profit and help them become more popular.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Spencer Douglass

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Tension Over Swedish Immigration Rises After Suspected Arson at Mosque Hurts 5

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

Essay Author: Stephen Castle

Date of Publication: December 26, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Tension Over Swedish Immigration Rises

Quote: "Sweden has been one of the most welcoming nations in Europe for refugees, but migration has become a prominent political issue for recent year. The right-wing Sweden Democrats Part, which campaigns against immigration, has become the country's third largest and recently voted against the national budget, prompting a government collapse and forcing new elections, set for March".


Comment: This quote is taking about how a large Democratic Party wants Sweden to not allow immigration. Immigration is causing violence which is leading to riots. The Democratic Party has become so large that they are having new elections for the country and I am sure they are going to make it so that there will be less immigration in Sweden. It is a large political issue and it needs to be addressed.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):"Sweden Strikes Deal to Avoid Vote Expected to Strengthen Far Right"

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

Essay Author: Steven Erlanger

Date of Publication: Dec. 27, 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The writer, Steven Erlanger, wrote it. It is written or an audience interested in Sweden's political status and what they are doing about their immigration problem. The writer wrote it to give a better understanding about the political status of Sweden.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)The text is about how Sweden Democrats are going to win the election and become the main political party in Sweden. Sweden's government has decided to stop the the voting that would have put the Sweden Democrats in power.

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's tone makes me feel like this is a serious problem in Sweden. It makes me understand how the other political parties are feeling and why they want to stop the vote.

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 uses the personification when he is discussing how "anti-immigrant ant-muslim feeling touched most of Europe's traditionally liberal societies". He is showing us that most of Europe has become anti-immigrant and they are against immigration.

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

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Sony Mobile Cuts 1,000 jobs at unit in Sweden"

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

Essay Author: No Author

Date of Publication: March 9, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The author of this article is someone who knows a lot about the company of Sony and its situation. It is written for someone who is interested in learning about why Sony cut so many jobs. The writer wrote it to inform us about how Sony cut the jobs and why they did it.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about the company of Sony and they jobs they cut. The author's message is that Sony cut over 1,000 jobs and he is informing us.

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 writers tone is very robotic. It doesn't seem to have a lot of emotion. He is just telling us the facts about the situation. The writer does the job though which is to inform us about the situation. The article is not long enough or detailed enough for me to have any emotion towards 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.) The author uses one word that is sort of a metaphor. The word "lay off" is another way of saying that the person was released from duty. The author uses this word to let us know that these people will no longer be working for this company.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The author uses paragraphs in this article. They are not very long.

Letter to...

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Spencer Douglass

1525 Barn Owl Place

Santa Rosa, CA 95409



March 25, 2015



Alice Bah Kuhnke

Drottninggatan 16

SE-103 33 Stockholm

Sweden



Dear Alice Bah Kuhnke,

I am a student in the United States. I live in Santa Rosa, California and I go to Cardinal Newman High School. In this letter, I am going to be discussing Sweden’s immigration problem. I am going to be discussing information from the article I read from the New York Times and I would like to know more about Sweden’s plans to solve this problem and the violence that is occurring because of it.

The article I read is called “Tension Over Swedish Immigration Rises After Suspected Arson at Mosque Hurts 5”. In this article, it talks about how immigration in Sweden has become a large problem. It talks about how a fire at a mosque started with 15 to 20 people inside. These acts of violence have been a problem in Sweden and the government wants to do something about it. According to the article, more attacks are occurring on Muslims and Jews. The article also talks about how in last May, four people were shot at a Jewish Museum in Brussels.

I have many questions and concerns about this topic. One of them is what are Sweden’s plans for this problem? Are they going to stop immigration completely or are they just going to limit it? Another question I have is what is Sweden going to do with all the immigrants they already have in their country? I think it would be wrong if they told everyone who is an immigrant to leave and I think they need to come up with a plan.

Thank you Alice for taking the time to read my letter! It would be really great if you could help me out and answer some of the questions I have. I want to also thank you for doing what you are doing for your country and trying to make it a better place!



Sincerely,





Spencer Douglass

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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why did you choose Sweden? Great tackk very well laid out.

2 years ago
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very good spenc!! It is really interesting that you have learned about a whole new country. You picked great articles and had good evidence. I don't really know much about Sweden but I think that it was interesting to learn a little about it with your tack. How did you feel about the article about the people in Sweden being fired from Sony? Why did you choose this article and how did it interest you?

2 years ago
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I enjoyed reading about the current disputes taking place in Sweden and expanding my knowledge in relation to the present sublunary world. You had substantial evidence that correlated to what you were talking about. My understanding of Sweden is miniscule at most, and you helped enlighten me about the some of the social issues taking place in Sweden through the articles that you chose. What influenced you on the decision to pick this country? I would like to know more about your thoughts on Swedish immigration policies. Great job.