Spain: 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: Justin Fahy

Period: 1

Nation of your choice: Spain

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I was interested with Spain because it has amazing scenery and I was also interested in learning about the culture and athletics.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I know a little bit about Spain's love of their athletic teams such as basketball and soccer. I also know a little bit about the geography, and I want to learn more about the society.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I want to learn about everyday life in Spain and how it differs from life here in the United States.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): Spain is a major destination for students to travel abroad and for many families to go on vacation. I want to find out why so many people choose Spain for these two things.

New York Times Topics: Spain

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Justin Fahy

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Safety Net Frays in Spain, as Elsewhere in Europe"

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

Essay Author: Suzane Daley

Date of Publication: 6/27/2010

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The Government is charging too much money in taxes and cutting everyones pay so it makes the middle class a difficult class to be a part of.

Quote: Writing the publication, "Safety Net Frays in Spain, as elsewhere in Europe" the Garcia-Diaz family explains that the Government keep raising taxes making it more difficult for the middle class people to survive with the economy the way it is."


Comment: "Safety Net Frays in Spain, as elsewhere in Europe" the Garcia-Diaz family explains that the Government keep raising taxes making it more difficult for the middle class people to survive with the economy the way it is." Most middle class families are surviving on the pension of a grandparent says Suzane. This is unjust. Middle class smilies should be able to easily have a satisfying life. The government is turning the upper class into the middle class, the middle class into the poor, and the poor into the homeless. As a country this is not the look they should get. They should be looked at for helping their citizens and making it easy to make a middle class life. The government needs to figure this out and make it easier for the people to survive.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Justin Fahy

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Dream Team, Barcelona Games"

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

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: 11/15/2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The 1992 Olympic Games still hold a place in the heart of the people in Barcelona, Spain. The Dream Team was a basketball team that everyone of Spain will remember. The best basketball team of all time.

Quote: According to the Associated Press, "The Dream Team is still one basketball team that everyone of Spain still remembers and talks about, it will forever be in their hearts."


Comment: The 1992 Olympic games that were held in Barcelona, Spain were memorable for the people of Spain who were there to experience them. It was a great experience for the people and for many people to be able watch the Dream Team play. The best basketball player of all time.According to the Associated Press, "The Dream Team is still one basketball team that everyone of Spain still remembers and talks about, it will forever be in their hearts." For all the people of Spain who love basketball and watched the Dream Team play it will forever be something that they remember. To this day 23 years later people still mention the Dream Team. Spain has a culture of people who love the game of basketball.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Google News Vanishes Amid 'Google Tax' Spat"

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

Essay Author: the Associated Press

Date of Publication: December 16, 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The Associated Press was the group that put together this article informing everyone about Google News no longer being apart of Spain. It was written for the citizens and public as an article to inform them about the changes.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) Google News is no longer going to be in Spain and used by the citizens. Due to the government and disagreements within the government, Google News will no longer be available in Spain.

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 is pointed towards the government showing and telling them that they need to get their stuff together. There beginning to have the whole country rebel against them and they are turning into a government that the citizens don't agree with and dislike.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) In this article the writer uses a lot of metaphors and irony. They compare that government to other objects that are humiliating and embarrass the government and put it somewhere where all the citizens can see.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This article is to inform, it is an information article as well as a persuasive article directed to the public and government to tell them that they need to start making better decisions that will have a good response by the citizens of Spain.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "The Basketball Players Guide to the (European) Galaxy"

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

Essay Author: Sam Borden

Date of Publication: January 12, 2014

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 was a former professional basketball player in Europe that played on many different teams and in many different leagues. It was written to tell the younger players what it takes to play as a professional over seas in Europe.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)  This article is about life lessons you can learn from the game of basketball, and everything it takes to play at a high level. Many players that play in the United States and don't reach the NBA don't continue their careers and play over seas. This article is urging you to keep playing when you don't make it to the NBA.

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 want to really get deep into it, enjoy it, and want to keep reading. It is very persuasive and many college basketball players can relate to it when there NBA dreams don't come true.

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 a lot of diction, paradoxes, and similes. There is a lot of comparing going on throughout the article. He also asks the reader many questions about if they have what it takes, the skill, determination, and the fire you need to have and play with in order to play over seas.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This article has a lot of text that is very persuasive it can either be the right article for you or not. Its one or the other, if you are in love with basketball it urges you to play as long as possible and make the most out of your career and become the best player of you ability. However, you need to have what it takes!

Letter to...

Justin Fahy

4973 Hoen Ave

Santa Rosa, CA 95405

March 22, 2015

New York Times

620 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018

Dear Mr. Borden,

My name is Justin Fahy and I am a sophomore at Cardinal Newman High School. I play basketball and I’m interested in your article that you wrote in Early January called,” The Basketball Players Guide to the (European) Galaxy.” I have a few questions about this article you wrote and I want to get your personal opinion.

In this article you talk about how many players should continue their basketball career after college and take their game over to the European league. You mention everything it takes to play overseas, and you make players really question their performance, and see if they have what it takes. You also say that many players should continue playing, but many choose to stop, which is a mistake. The article ends urging players to continue their basketball career.

I agree with your article and with the arguments that you make throughout it. I like the fact that you want players to take their talent overseas after playing here in college, as long as they have what it takes. I like that you made the article not just for everyone, but starting out you asks them if they have what it takes. I have a few questions about this article. Why do you want players to leave everything they have to go play basketball thousands of miles away? What is so great about the experience of playing in another country? How do players get exposed to European leagues? Can players that go over there make a living with just playing basketball?

I’m glad I was able to find and read your article while doing a school project. It was a very persuasive article and I bet you have inspired many basketball players to continue their basketball career. I guarantee this article will change a basketball player’s life and fulfilled their dream to continue their basketball career. If you get around to read this it would mean a lot to me, and it would be fantastic if you could get back to me! Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Justin Fahy

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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Good shit man

2 years ago
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I found this tackk page very interesting. I was not aware that the government was taxing the middle class so much. Overall a very well put together page.