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:Britta Irvine

Period:3

Nation of your choice: Spain

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I'm curious because it is a beautiful country. Also because it seems like a fun place to go. Spain is also a Spanish speaking country, and I am learning Spanish right now so I think it would be a great place to go to get even more knowledge on the language. Another reason why I am interested is because of the food. They have very diverse food and a diverse culture.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues):I don't know much about my country. I do know that they are a Spanish speaking country. Also that there are very beautiful beaches. Another thing is that the Pope lives in Vatican City, which is in Spain. They also do bull runs, which is when they let bulls out onto the streets and people run away from them.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I will discover what kinds of food they eat. Another thing is how life is there. Also what there is to do. I will also discover some social issues and what is going on in their country. Some other things I think I will discover are issues that are going on and how maybe some of them relate to where I live.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): This is important because you need to know things about the world. Also it is the start of the Spanish culture. Another thing is maybe somethings that are happening in Spain that are also happening in America so then I will understand them more. Also I will be able to relate to some of the things happening.

New York Times Topics: Spain

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name:Britta Irvine

Period:3

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Police Arrest Four in North Africa Amid Fears of Attack n Spain"

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

Essay Author:  The Reuters

Date of Publication:1/24/15

Essay main idea/thesis statement:

Quote: According to Mr. Diaz, "They are two pairs of brothers, highly trained," Mr. Diaz said there were "many parallels" with the two brothers who attacked the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo this month"(NYT).


Comment: Although I agree with Mr. Diaz up to a point, I cannot accept his overal conclusion that they had a right to arrest the four men. I understand that Spain wants to be cautious, however just because some people make video's doing military training moves doesn't mean they will attack. However i do understand because of what did  happen, and how something match up. My feelings are still mixed, because they haven't done anything wrong yet. Now I see why they wanted to take precaution with this type of situation.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Britta Irvine

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks):

"Spain: Couple Commit Suicide Over Foreclosure Fear"

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

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: 2/12/13

Essay main idea/thesis statement:

Quote: The Author states, "the deaths increased to five the number of suicides linked to mortgage defaults and evictions in recent months as Spain’s financial crisis has deepened and the unemployment rate has reached 26 percent" (NYT).


Comment: I agree that people shouldn't be committing suicide because of financial crisis', a point that needs emphasizing is that they don't need to do this. However if that is five people already that have done this then Spain needs to be helping people. They need to have someone come in and help with the unemployed, and to help with the elder. The couple that just killed themselves were 67 and 68. Some people who are that old can't work, which isn't their fault. Something needs to be done so this will be stopped.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Chemical Blast in Spain Spreads Toxic Cloud"

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

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: Feb. 12, 2015

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 wrote the the text in the New York Times. This article was written for the public, and also for anyone who wants to know. The writer wrote it to spread awareness for peoples safety.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about a toxic chemical blast. It formed a clouds over parts of Spain. The author's message was to warn people to be cautious. In the text the author talks about how people were told to stay in doors until otherwise noted. Then two hours later people were aloud out. However if you were pregnant, a child, elder, or a person with respiratory problems you were told to still stay indoors.

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 writers tone was to get straight to the point. It was very informative and gave all the facts that were needed. This text makes me feel worried because even when the toxins are "all gone" there's still a chance of them not being gone. The author uses a serious tone because this is a serious situation. Many people could get hurt they don't know exactly what is in the air at the moment, so people should be as safe as they can.

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 are no stylistic devices in the article. It's an article about safety. So there would be no sarcasm, or any metaphors. This article was meant to be serious. It was meant to be informative.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)               This text is informative, and is being wrote to warn people about the toxic cloud. There is an opening purpose, and a conclusion. There isn't much more because it is trying to get peoples attention about something important.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Spanish Nurse Is Declared Free of Ebola

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

Essay Author: Raphael Minder

Date of Publication: October 21, 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Raphael Minder was the author of the text. This article was written for the public. It was written for them to give relief. The author wrote it because this is a very big event, which probably worried a lot of people.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about how a women got ebola because she was treating a man who had the disease. This is very serious because of the disease and how deadly it is. Ebola is a very scary disease that frightens a lot of people. The message is to relate people of some stress. Even though you have to come in contact with the virus physically to get it, some are still afraid. The article goes over what the doctors did to test if she still had the virus, and how long it took.

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 that is being used is calm, and serious. This isn't something you would want to joke about, or make jokes about. The article would make the reader feel.

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 article is a serious article. There weren't any stylistic devices. The article is meant to be informative and tell people that the disease is contained. The person is trying to claim people in what is a crazy situation.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)            The article is informative. There is an opening and a conclusion, and that is about it. The article has quotes from what people have said about Ebola. Otherwise that is it.

Letter to...

Ms. Britta Irvine

312 Northampton Dr.

Windsor, Ca 95492



March 19, 2015



New York Times

620 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018


Dear Reuters:


Hi, my name is Britta Irvine and I am a sophmore at Cardinal Newman High School in California. In my english class we are finding, and using New York Times articles for a project and I came across yours and it really interested me. I agree with what happened and I want to talk about it more.


In the article the woman tried to take herself and her son to the Islamic State. However they arrested the woman and brought the boy back to his father.


I agree it was the right decision to arrest the woman for trying to move to the Islamic State with her son. The Islamic State is a very dangerous and it is not right what they are doing. It is good that the son is with his father and good that the woman was arrested. Do you know what they will do with all the people they have arrested for trying to enter the Islamic State?


I do agree with everything that Spain is doing, and think that they should continue to step up the security. I also want to thank you for writing this article.



Sincerely,





Britta Irvine

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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Your Tackk looks very nice and is very complete.

2 years ago
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this is so great best one I have seen so far! I wish I could be you and have all of your skills