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: Jack Duryea

Period: 1st period

Nation of your choice: Italy

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I like this country because I've visited Italy and fell in love with it. I want to know what problems they have there because when I was there I noticed a lot of poverty. I've also always liked Italian food and my trip to Italy introduced me to so many more foods then just the popular pizza or spaghetti.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues):I know that the country has a lot of rich history in Art the Renaissance was primarily located in Italy, Florence and Rome to be specific. It is located in very southern Europe and the country looks like a boot. I'm aware that Italian soccer and basketball is very popular and Italy's world cup team is usually a top seed. The culture, that I experienced first hand, is very loving and certain cities have a great sense of community. The people in Italy are for the most part more respectful and polite.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I think that the country might have a lot of social problems with people's rights. I think I'll also find information about which side Italy is on with the current problems in neighboring countries like Russia and Ukraine. I hope to find ways that Italy is more efficient then the U.S., at this point, in either technology or mechanically.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): This nation is very important because first of all they own the 9th largest economy in the world ranking closely behind our own state , California who's ranked 8th.Italy has power and the art history in this country was huge for other artists to start and create a whole new perspective in life. Italy is practically the birthplace of art. Italy is also important for soccer fans and the competition the bring year in and year out.

New York Times Topics: Italy

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Jack Duryea

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Sicilian Town on Migrants' Route Cares for the Living and the Dead"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized):

Essay Author: Jim Yardley

Date of Publication: Sept. 17th 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Migrants escaping their home countries and coming over on ships to Italy, but sometimes the ships will crash.

Quote: Angelo Giurdanella believes that "The opposite of love is not hatred but indifference."

Comment:

Although I agree "the opposite of love is not hatred", I cannot accept Angelo Giurdanella's overall conclusion that the opposite of love is "indifference" The opposite of love can be a combination of several things and changes with different scenarios. By focusing on the opposite of love, Giurdanella overlooks the deeper problem of what love truly is. Indifference means a lack of sympathy, knowledge, and concern. Some people don't have many experiences with love so when they experience love breakups they have hard times usually. The opposite of love may not be indifference, but just a situation in life where they can't continue with the love relationship at hand.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Jack Duryea

Period:1st

Title of article (in quotation marks):"Under Francis, Catholic Leaders Prepare to debate  Whether Church Should Change"

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

Essay Author:Jim Yardley

Date of Publication: Oct. 3 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The beginning of a yearlong process that could determine what sort of changes Pope Francis will, or will not, bring to the church’s approach to social issues such as divorce, gay civil unions or single parents.

Quote: The author believes that "Having enjoyed a mostly charmed papacy, Francis is now plunging into contested terrain that requires confronting entrenched power blocs in the Vatican and beyond. He set the synod schedule early in his papacy, and while he has remained opaque about what specific changes he is seeking, he has spoken about a more merciful, inclusive approach. Some analysts believe he sent a pointed signal last month when he oversaw a wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Basilica, including couples who had been living together and a person whose previous marriage had been annulled."
Comment: I agree that the conversation definitely needs to be opened, a point that needs emphasizing since so many people believe that gay marriage is ok and so many people think that gay marriage isn't right religiously or morally.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):"Chelsea Fans in Paris Prevent Black Man From Boarding Train"

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

Essay Author: Alan Cowell

Date of Publication: February 18th, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Alan Cowell wrote this article for information and awareness of the racism that was appearing at a soccer game and after the game by fans of Chealsea. This was written to get the word out to anyone involved in soccer at this level and to local officials of the problem of racism.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The context is depicting how several Chelsea fans were threatening a black man by restricting him to go on a public train. Their is video evidence of this incident occurring. I think the authors message is to show how prevalent racism still is in our current society and that as people we need to make a strong stand against it as a whole.

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 writes this in a tone as if he's/she's angry at the people who were discriminating. It seems as if the tone is also very disappointed of what has occurred and feels as if it could have been handled much better.

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 rhetorical questions to put into perspective of how mean these people were being to the man. The writer also uses analogies throughout the entire article to further make people realize how wrong this was for people to being treating someone so cruelly.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The structure is in a story text of how the events occurred in a time period. The author tells the story with many people being interviewed throughout the article written by Alan Cowell.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Under Francis, Catholic Leaders Prepare to Debate Whether Church Should Change"

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

Essay Author: Jim Yardley

Date of Publication: October 3rd 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) He is focuses on the changes that the new Pope may( or may not) make in the first year of his papacy. The author of this was Jim Yardley of the New York Times I think he wrote it to start the conversation on weather the new Pope can do things never done that will turn out to be influential for the long storied history of the Catholic church.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This was written for all people interested in knowing about what impact the Pope will make and the legacy he might start to create for himself. The authors message is to get the word out on what he thinks the Pope will begin to do in his first year as the Pope.

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 text makes the reader feel very knowledgable of the situation for the pope and makes the reader feel even more interested in by the way the author hooks the reader with interesting facts not known before to the public about the Pope.

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 analogies to express the power the Pope has around the world and figurative speech is used continuously in the article to explain certain ideas that may not be very well known to the reader.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The structure is an informational passage with many facts and not very opinion based overall as a whole.

Letter to...

620 Eighth Avenue

New York City, New York 10017

March 22, 2015

Jack Duryea

80 Ursuline Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Dear Mr Donadio:

      I read your article “Italy Goes Global in Search for Museum Directors” and absolutely loved the concept of going out in search of people to direct museums in the art history capital of the world,Italy. I’m writing to you to get more insight on what you would know about Italy as a whole and some facts that someone on the outside might not know about the country. I’m doing a project for my high school english class on the current state and demographics of a certain country and evidently I chose Italy. I’d love to know what you think of Italy’s current economic state.

     The article went into great details of why Italy was deciding to chose 20 people to be directors of their top 20 museums, but why? Why now did this come to be? I really see the great advantage of having directors for these museums, so that Italians can mainly make more money on tourist. Italy brought in a grand total of $156 million last year from museums so do they think this change will drastically increase that number? I also read that these directors would be making between $70,000-$120,000,but that doesn't even compare to what top museum directors in other countries, like the in United States, make. I don’t see how Italy would conduct the search into finding these 20 directors, but I do agree that having directors for these top museums will help tourists navigate through the several different museums. I also love the idea of a combined ticket that will possibly be an entrance to all the top museums.

     I really was intrigued by the title of this article because as far as I know Italy has never gone global for such a key part to their art museums. This article provided great knowledge to me of how much the museums truly mean to Italians nationalism and the Italian economy as a whole. I always had some sort of idea that art was a huge part of the history of Italy and that several famous artists were Italian but I didn’t know that they preserve so much of the art in so many different museums in what is relatively a pretty small country.

     I want to thank you for taking time to read this and hopefully replying because I’m very interested in this topic. I really appreciate how articulate you were when describing the process of how the Italians are going to find these new directors in what will probably be revolutionary for their country. Your writing was very informational and helpful.

Sincerely,

Jack Duryea

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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I really like all of the articles you used from the New York Times. They were all relevant to what you were looking forward to learning.

2 years ago
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I find it interesting that you love Spain and like the environment. I think you should eat more Italian food. Would you ever visit over summer?

2 years ago
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you need more information on your page.

2 years ago
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I understand that you were out for about a week because of your blood clot but i was really expecting something better.