Brazil: 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 Gulbrandsen

Period: 1

Nation of your choice: Brazil

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I was interested in Brazil because of the beautiful pictures looking down on the city I found when researching it. I've always wanted to go to a soccer game in Brazil. I have also seen a bit of Brazil in the Fast and Furious movies and it makes me interested even more. The scenery is incredible in the photos I see. I can't imagine what it looks and feels like in reality.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): It's a beautiful country with a great atmosphere. They have amazing view and I've heard the soccer games are amazing. I think this would be an amazing place to study abroad. Even though I would know no one and I would be out of my comfort zone, It would be a great experience that I would remember for the rest of my life. I've heard and seen pictures

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover that I want to go there even more when I am done, I want to explore how beautiful the country is from all kinds of views. I would love to study abroad and learn the culture and language of a different country. The only down fall I see, is missing my friends and family, otherwise I'm in 100 percent.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”):

New York Times Topics: Brazil

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Jack Gulbrandsen

Period: 1

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Cleanup of Rio's Waters is Falling Short"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): Cleanup of Rio's Waters is Falling Short    

Essay Author: Reuters

Date of Publication: February 23, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The main idea of this article is talking about how Brazil is attempting to clean up their waters for the Olympics, but

Quote: "Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent, but the waters remain fetid, with Olympic sailors who visited the city for test events complaining of floating sofas and animal carcasses. Last year, biologists said rivers leading into the bay contained a super bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics."


Comment: The fact that Brazil has spent this much money to make the Olympics a possibility is great. If the Olympics do continue to be planned in Rio, It will help boost their struggling economy by tremendous amounts. All of the media, all of the tourists, all of the attention will be focused on making the city and country the cleanest and most pristine it's ever been. It will not only boost their economy, but it will boost the morale of every person who lives or works there.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Jack Gulbrandsen

Period:1

Title of article (in quotation marks): "The media doesn't care what happens here"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The media doesn't care what happens here

Essay Author: Matthew Shaer

Date of Publication: February 18 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The main idea in this article is that the media only cares about the "flashy" part of Brazil. They don't care about the slums where hundreds of thousands of people that live in poverty.

Quote: 'The favelas of Complexo do Alemão, one of the largest urban slums in Brazil, spill across 700 hilly acres in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro, not far from the city’s international airport. Bounded on three sides by bustling highways and on the fourth by a forested ridge, Alemão can no longer grow outward, and so it has grown upward instead, in increasingly unstable conglomerations of quadruple-decker concrete boxes."


Comment: This quote is showing how we totally ignore the fact that Brazil is a very poor country. People live their everyday lives in shacks that we wouldn't even store tools in. Why don't we think about this more? It isn't publicized at all. All the media wants to publicize is how beautiful the country is and how it is everyone's dream vacation to go there and surf. They never show the bad side of Brazil. They never show the hundreds of thousands of people living in shacks stacked up five stories high. It's all about the view and the amazing beauty of the country. Don't get me wrong, Brazil is a beautiful place, but the media needs to even out the publicity and show the world that Brazil isn't some fantasy land that everyone gets along in.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Corruption Scandal at Petrobras Threatens Brazil’s Economy"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized):Corruption Scandal at Petrobras Threatens Brazil’s Economy

Essay Author: Dan Horth

Date of Publication: February 11, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Dan Horth wrote this article about how Petrobas is laying off tons of people and how it is negatively effecting Brazil's economy. Petrobas owns 90% of the oil reservoirs and over 21,000 miles of pipeline in Brazil.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text Is about how Petrobas is effecting Brazil's economy in a negative way. Brazil needs to focus on getting their economy out of the negative and help their people feel better about where they live and feel better about their economic situation. All the government thinks about now, is how they can make more money.

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 and mood of this article is definitely a serious one. It is focusing on how Brazil is struggling and how Petrobas is just making it worse. Brazil doesn't have room to fall farther in the economy ladder, they are already extremely low as it is. The olympics in 2016 is going to help Brazil get back on track, but that's a one time thing, their future after that is how well they can help the people of their country and make living there a much better experience.  

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?)

#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...
Mr. Jack Gulbrandsen3550 Williams Ranch RoadWillits, CA 95490
March 19, 2015
Vibe Yoga Studio3895 Princeton DriveSanta Rosa, CA 95405
Dear Mr. Hernandez, In Brazil, there are many problems with the economy and the standard of living. The media ignores it, but that doesn't make it go away. I am contacting you for your opinion on how we could make this know as an issue, instead of hiding it from the world. I would much appreciate your feedback on this topic and look forward to hearing from you. I am doing a very important school project on this and your feedback is very important to my project.
The article I am asking you to reflect your opinion on is, "Brazil's Star, Petrobas, Is Hobbled by Scandal and Stagnation". It is about how Brazil's biggest company, and biggest producer of oil is completely corrupt. It is effecting Brazil's economy in a very negative way. As if Brazil's economy wasn't bad enough, Petrobas is making it so much worse by being corrupt. The fact that this company has such a huge impact on Brazil, and they keep doing these horrible things that just benefit them is pet hectic and wrong.
If you could read this article on The NY times, and give me a response, it would be much appreciated. I am completely one to your views on this topic and look forward to hearing yours. Your response is much appreciated and will be taken very seriously. Not only will it help me a ton, with my school project, it will help me have a better understanding of how others think towards this topic. In my mind we need to publicize this issue more, and draw more attention so we can help solve this issue as a world united and not as a lone country full of corrupt business.

Thank You,




Jack Gulbrandsen













Comment Stream

2 years ago
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I is really interesting that the Olympics is going to be held in Rio after the World cup was there. I think it will be a wonderful experience if the Olympics is held in Rio. I am also glad to here that is going to boost their economy. Why do you think this will boost the economy?