South Korea: 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: Cameron Fernandez

Period: 3

Nation of your choice: South Korea

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am curious about learning about this country because of one of my moms closest friends. My moms friend is Korean, but she has been living here in the United States since she was 15 years old. She recently left to go back to her own country so that is why I really want to get to know more about South Korea.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): Well what I know from what I have heard is that Koreans try really hard to be American. Their main sport is baseball which is one of Americas also. Their are many big cities but also lots of mountains and forests.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I think I will discover that there was a war between North and South Korea and that is why they are not one country. I think I will also find out that North Korea is a lot more safer than South Korea to visit as a tourists.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): South Korea is importance because if there was no South Korea, North Korea would have lots more land and resources.

`New York Times Topics: South Korea

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Cameron Fernandez

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks): "North Korea Launches 2 Missiles into Sea to Protest U.S. War Games with South"

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

Essay Author: Choe Sang-Hun

Date of Publication: 3/2/15

Essay main idea/thesis statement: North Korea tries to threaten the U.S. and South Korea.

Quote: "The ministry's man spokesman, Kim Min-Seok, condemned the North Korean missile tests as a "saber-rattling provocation" and a violation of United Nations resolutions that banned the North from testing any ballistic missile-related technology."


Comment: I agree with the author of this NYT article, Choe Sang-Hun, that North Korea is just trying to provoke South Korea and the United States. North Korea has declined many meetings that our president has planned on and they do not want to cooperate. They are making and testing nuclear bombs like they are getting ready for war. Not is it bad for only the U.S. but bad for South Korea. If South Korea upsets North Korea, I am pretty sure that North Korea is not scared to lob a nuke into the other half of their own country.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Cameron Fernandez

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks): "South Korea Says Attacker of U.S. Envoy Acted Alone"

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

Essay Author: Choe Sang-Hun

Date of Publication: March 5th, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: South Korea is claiming that the man who attacked the U.S. ambassador for our alliance acted alone.

Quote: "Mr. Kim said he assaulted Mr. Lippert to protest continuing joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea,…"


Comment: South Korea is claiming that the man who attacked the U.S. ambassador for our alliance acted alone and not with the Koreans commands. Some South Koreans have much hatred for our troops and alliances we have with South Korea. Many people have tried to hurt us americans but could it be a part of Koreas security?

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "South Korea Says Attacker of U.S. Envoy Acted Alone"

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

Essay Author: Choe Sang-Hun

Date of Publication: March 5th, 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 focuses on South Korea and the United States alliance, which North Korea keeps trying to make the South and the United States mad. The author also states that the attack on the U.S. Envoy was the voice of the people who do not want U.S. alliances and troops in their country. It also shows the lack of security in South Korea.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) Author states that there is a minority of South Koreans that want U.S. troops out of their country. South Korea(ns) want(s) to show they can be independent. Not all Koreans believe in that that though.

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 creates a mood of rebellion, even though there are people who want the U.S. alliance, the people who are rebelling are starting to show and make impacts with the alliance.

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 to explain the problems of the alliance. More and more people are starting to attack representatives of the U.S. and also South Korea also.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This is just a factual article explaining what is going on.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "North Korea Has Made 'Significant' Advances in Nuclear Arms Program, South Says"

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

Essay Author: Choe Sang-Hun

Date of Publication: Jan 6th, 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 is a North Korean writer who claims that North Korea has a nuclear warhead that can reach the United States (western bay). It was written for the people and government of the United States to show that North Korea is a REAL threat. The writer wants us to know that North Korea does and test nuclear weapons.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The article focuses on North Korea's threat to the United States and South Korea. The author, Choe, conveys that the United States can be vulnerable to North Korea's0.0......0..0. weaponry and firepower, but of course we have something to stop what they have.

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 mood and tone is the author showing us that we should stay alert for North Korea's doings, because if we let them out of our sight they can come behind us and just bomb us easily.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) They use figurative speech to get the information across.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The text is an article. It is structured by information in paragraphs. The article is also three pages long.

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
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I really enjoy your Big 5 because it seems like you read and understood the articles!!👮 👮 👮

2 years ago
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What do you think the #1 thing South Korea needs to improve on based on your research?

2 years ago
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I would like to hear more about South Korea's security and their military agenda. Is there a large percent of supporters of the U.S?

2 years ago
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I wonder why North Korea has a nuclear warhead to reaches the United States

2 years ago
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How do you think, personally, we should stay alert to what the author of you third article references about the potential threat they could become.

2 years ago
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Really enjoyed reading this. I think its crazy that they are making so many nuclear weapons. #beanbean

2 years ago
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I find it interesting that South Korea is claiming that the man who attacked the U.S. ambassador for our alliance acted alone. What were his motives?