Canada

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

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Rylee Formway

Period: 3rd Period

Nation of your choice: Canada

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I don't know much about Canada and I would like to see the similarities and differences compared to America. Also I would like to see the differences in nature such as the different landscapes.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I know that Canada is very cold and that most of them live within a hundred miles of the US border. They are said to be very nice and I assume it is similar to america but probably with less problems.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I think I'll discover a lot more about Canadian culture and the environment they live in. I hope to learn more about this because Canada isn't something we learn or talk about a lot here. I'm also interested in the nature aspect of Canada, such as the most popular camping and hiking areas.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): The importance of this nation in the global community is about as much as other north american and european countries besides the U.S.

New York Times Topics: Canada

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Rylee Formway

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Railstrike May Disrupt Industries Across North America"

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

Essay Author: Ian Austen

Date of Publication: February 15, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: 3,000 locomotive engineers are on strike

Quote: Ian Austen from New York Times tells us that, "the strike is likely to disrupt major industries throughout North America including automakers, oil companies, paper businesses, lumber supplies and agriculture and agriculture and mining companies".


Comment: I agree with Ian Austens' prediction of how the rail strike might disrupt North American industries. The Canadian Pacific Railway delivers all kinds of goods to the United States,

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Rylee Formway

Period: 3rd Period

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Taking a Dive With Turtles via Video"

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

Essay Author: James Gorman

Date of Publication: February 23, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Leatherback sea turtles migrating to Canadian waters

Quote: The New York Times states Dr. James, "has spent many hours in a small, homemade cradle under the bowsprit of a fishing boat, while the crew tracks the turtles".  


Comment: Dr. James' ideas on turtle migration are extremely useful because they shed insight on the difficult problem of turtle migration. It's nice that Dr. James has spent so much of his time on these turtles because now we know where they go and what they eat and everything they do. Turtle migration is not a mystery with help of people like Dr. James.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Canadian Rail Strike Ends as Parties Agree to Arbitration"

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

Essay Author: Ian Austen

Date of Publication: February 16, 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 mainly targets Canadians and railway workers. The writer wrote this to inform people and update them on the situation at hand.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about ending a strike on a railway in Canada. There isn't really a message because it's a fact based text that's showing us what's happening.

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 written in a very factual and informative tone. The author is informing us on what each party has said through direct quotes and primary source evidence.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) This text is an objective report of the ending of a railway strike, the author did not use stylistic devices for an informative text

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The author wrote a very basic informative text using a basic structure of what happened, how, and why they did something from beginning to end to write the text.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized):

Essay Author:

Date of Publication:

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?)

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)

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?)

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

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

Letter to...

Rylee Formway

3587 Round Barn Blvd. 5101

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

March 19, 2015

Jonathan Waldman

The New York Times

620 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018

Dear Mr. Waldman,

I am a sophomore at Cardinal Newman High School. I am writing this letter in regards to your New York Times article, “Don’t Kill Keystone XL. Regulate it”. For my english class we are required to write a letter to an author of a New York Times articles about our countries we’ve chosen. I chose Canada and the topic of the Keystone Pipeline really caught my attention.

I agree with your ideas about regulating the pipeline instead of vetoing the whole project. The pipeline would provide us with the oil we need and with the help of the “smart pig”, it can be a safe, profitable project. I couldn’t agree with your statement more, “Pipelines are the safest way to move oil”. Pipelines bypass multiple steps that trucks or trains have to go through to transport the oil, pipelines go from point A to point B in one fluid movement, where as trucks and trains have to load and unload. The Trans-Alaska pipeline is a perfect role model for Keystone to look up to because as you said, “That one (Alaska), which happens to be the most regulated pipeline in the world”.

I completely agree with your idea of regulating the pipeline regularly and safely because that much oil will help us immensely and hopefully, lower the nation wide problem of gas prices. People against the pipeline are worried about environmental issues but I feel a lot safer knowing the oil is being transferred through a pipeline rather than the oil being loaded and unloaded in to trucks and trains.

Any response to this letter will be greatly appreciated and helpful for my assignment. Thank you for your time and informing us on new ways to deal with the Keystone Pipeline, hopefully your ideas will be taken into consideration and the pipeline will be approved.

Sincerely,

Rylee Formway

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Good Tackk dude! Have you ever been to Canada? Why did you want to choose this country out of all countries?

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Canada looks dope

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Do you think that you would actually visit Canada or go to school there after learning about all the problem? There is free health care

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I wonder y Canada is so awesome.

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Canada looks beautiful. Isn't there some French culture in some parts of Canada? Awesome tackk.

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That first picture is neat! Where is that and what is it called?