Jamaica: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By: Will Forni

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Will Forni

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: Jamaica

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I think that Jamaica is a cool country. I have been sailing around the islands in the Caribbean, but I have never been to Jamaica. I would like to go to Jamaica so I think that learning about the country would help me have a better understanding about what Jamaica is like. I also like islands and tropical places and Jamaica is an island and a tropical place. I think that Jamaica is an interesting place which I would like to learn more about.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I know that Jamaica is a tropical island in the Caribbean that was a territory of France. They have problems with their government and there is a lot of violence and crime between gangs and drugs. There is also a lot of poverty, the cities are dirty, and there is a lot of garbage. I like reggae music and an iconic artist that is from Jamaica is Bob Marley and I have gotten to understand a little bit about Jamaica through his music and documentaries about him.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I think I will learn about the culture and social problems of Jamaica. I want to know about their culture, the way they live, and how it is different than the United States. I also want to know about their social problems and the way their government works. I want to discover things about Jamaica that will give me a better understanding of the country. I hope to be more educated about Jamaica after this project.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): I think that Jamaica is in a cool location being in the Caribbean sea. I have been sailing in the Caribbean many times and I hope to be able to get a chance to go to Jamaica. I think that it is a beautiful place but there is also a lot of violence. It is important to know that Jamaica can be dangerous, that is why I think that knowing about the country and being aware in the bad things will keep you safe.

New York Times Topics: Jamaica

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Will Forni

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Jamaica Lawmakers Decriminalize small amounts of Ganja".

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The Associated Press

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: February 25, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Decriminalizing small amounts of weed.

Quote: Delano Seivereright believes that "this is a big step in the right direction, but there's still a lot of work to do."


Comment: I think that it is fine that they are relaxing marijuana laws because there are a lot of people who already posses marijuana.  Also, the Rastafarian religion smokes ganja as a sacrament and there are many Rastafarians that practice in Jamaica. I think that it is good that Jamaica is decriminalizing marijuana and also regulating it. Even though it is a drug that can be a negative substance, it is used a lot in Jamaica for medical, spiritual, and recreational purposes. I think lawmakers only want the drug to be used for medical and spiritual purposes but marijuana is part of the culture of Jamaica. Delano Seiveright who is the director of the Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Task force thinks that relaxing  laws on marijuana would be a step in the right direction, but it would be a lot of work trying to regulate it.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Will Forni

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Caribbean's Different Gender Gap: Women Rise, Men Stagnate."

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The  Associated Press

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: February 12, 2015.

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Women are getting better jobs and education, while men are not getting the education they need.

Quote:Ravn Rae states that "Women are the ones who are the main breadwinners. We push harder to earn."


Comment: I agree that women in Jamaica have to work harder because after reading the article I understand that women were not expected to have a good education and job, but many women are now successful and becoming managers and having good jobs. They are getting better educations, working harder, and having success. On the other hand, men are not doing as well. Men's academics are lowering because "boys who display school smarts are often ridiculed as effeminate by peers and even adults in areas where academic excellence by males is typically devalued." It is unfortunate that boys can not do well in school without being made fun of. Women have to work hard for their job and education, but if boys are being ridiculed for academics, than it might be as difficult or even more difficult for boys. Wayne Campbell says "It's almost as if manhood and masculinity have been hijacked by thug culture far removed from education. I think that both men and women are having trouble with education and jobs.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Jamaica Fights to Break Grip of Violent Past"

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

Essay Author: Damien Cave

Date of Publication: August 17, 2013

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Damien Cave wrote this article who is probably from the U.S. It was written for the public or for people who have a connection with Jamaica and were interested with the violence. Damien probably wrote it because he is aware of the conflicts in Jamaica and he wants the public to understand what is going on.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)The text is about violence in Jamaica from gangs and drugs. It talks about statistics on the murder and violence rate and how it is going down. It shows that taking out big drug lords can make Jamaica more peaceful, but there is not much money without them.

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 is stern and clearly shows the negative affects of violence and drugs. This makes the reader feel sad but gives them an understanding of the reality in Jamaica. It also shows that there is hope, showing that murder and violence rates are declining.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) There is not many stylistic devices. The writer gives a lot of facts and evidence. He uses personification saying that Jamaica is emerging and beginning to see results.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This is an article. It talks about hearing gunshots, and building destruction, and a gun fight with a drug lord killing 70 people. Then it talks about statistics, what police are doing, and how things are improving.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Jamaica Lawmakers Decriminalize small amounts of Ganja"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The Associated Press

Essay Author:

Date of Publication: Feb. 25, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?)The article focuses on lawmakers, ganja users, and anyone interested in the laws. It was written by someone from the Associative Press. It was written for the public to inform people about the new ganja laws.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)This article focuses on laws on ganja in Jamaica. It is about lawmakers passing a law allowing small amounts of marijuana legal. The message is to show that many people in Jamaica use marijuana and it would be easier if it was legal but controlled.

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 is serious and shows the pros and cons of passing these new laws. This text could make the reader relieved if they want marijuana laws to pass or unset if they believe marijuana is bad. The tone is serious because it talks about laws and laws are serious.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) Irony is used because marijuana has been illegal for a long time and everyone still uses it. Lawmakers who made it illegal now want to relax some of the laws and decriminalize it because marijuana is used a lot.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) It is an article and there are many different opinions about this article because it deals with the legalization partly of a drug that has been legal. This will be controversial and talked about by the public, enforcers, and lawmakers to set laws and control them.

Letter to...

Will Forni

1814 Chaparral Pl.

Santa Rosa, CA 95404

March 23, 2015

Delano Seiveright

KIngston, Jamaica

Dear Mr. Delano Seiveright:

My name is Will Forni. I am a Sophomore at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, California. I am doing a research project on the social and cultural aspects of Jamaica. I read an article about the law of the possession of marijuana and I think that it is a good current topic for Jamaica. I am writing to you because in the letter I read, it talked about decriminalizing the possession of marijuana.. I would like to know what work has to be done and more about your opinion.

The article I read was called “Jamaica Lawmakers Decriminalize Small Amounts of ‘Ganja’”. It talked about how lawmakers plan to make this law, the cultural aspect of marijuana on Jamaica, and other countries that have already legalized marijuana.

I agree with your statement and the approach for laws for marijuana.

I think that it is good that people could use marijuana for medical or sacramental purposes without breaking a law and it is good that it will still be regulated. In the article, it said that you were the director of the Cannabis Commercial and Medical Taskforce and you said that decriminalizing small amount of ‘ganja’ was a big step in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work needed. I agree with your statement and the approach for laws for marijuana I understand that there is still a lot of work to be done and I want to know what you are going to do to regulate marijuana and follow through with the new law. There are people who agree with the new amendment but there are also people who do not like the idea of the decriminalization. I would like to know more about what you are going to do about the new laws. Thank you for your work and for your time.

Sincerely,

Will Forni

Comment Stream

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good job will! It was really interesting to learn a little about Jamaica with the good evidence and articles you had. I think that it's cool that you commented on the issue of women becoming successful and educated in Jamaica. Why did you pick this article? How did it interest you enough to write about it?