Switzerland: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By Niko Ivancovich, Period 3

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Niko Ivancovich

Period: Third

Nation of your choice: Switzerland

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I chose to study Switzerland because of the nations rich history, beautiful mountains and lakes, wealth, and the Switzerland banks.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): Switzerland is a country with beautiful geography, rich economy, peaceful military, and nice people.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): More about the secrets of the swiss banks, the history of the country, and its social issues.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community):Doesn't have an importance in my life.

New York Times Topics: Switzerland

#1 They Say, I Say

Title of article (in quotation marks):"Swiss Banks, Aiding and Abetting"

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

Essay Author:Unknown

Date of Publication:August 16, 2011

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Despite all of the I.R.S.’s efforts, wealthy American tax cheats are still able to hide their money because Swiss banks are still eager to help them.

Quote: The NewYork Times believes that "Washington should not stop pushing until all Swiss banks hand over their files and close those accounts."

Comment:In order for Americans to avoid paying taxes on the large amounts of money they have, they hide the real amount of money they own from the IRS by putting the money in Swiss banks. The Swiss bank UBS had five american clients who helped hide there clients information from the IRS.

#2 They Say, I Say

Title of article (in quotation marks):"Switzerland proposal for paying people for being alive"

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

Essay Author:Annie Lowrey

Date of Publication: November 12, 2013

Essay main idea/thesis statement: "Every month, every Swiss person would receive a check from the government, no matter how rich or poor, how hardworking or lazy, how old or how young."

Quote: "Investigators did not say who owned the painting or how many people were under investigation for conspiracy to traffic art illegally and to commit insurance fraud. Nor would they say whether anyone had been arrested. They did say some of the people involved were suspected of both crimes.The painting was attributed to da Vinci partly on the basis of tests under fluorescent light. More tests will be carried out when it returns to Italy."


Comment:

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):"police seize possible Leonardo Da Vinci painting in Switzerland"

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

Essay Author: Reuters

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?) The article is focused on people who enjoy art, and are interested in illegal activity of stolen art. The author wrote this article to inform people on the worth of this painting and some of its back round.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about the stolen art of a $135.9 million dollar painting that was hidden in a swiss bank. It also talks about tax invasion.

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 felt very informational and factual, it did not feel biased, or did it feel as if he had an opinion not the matter.

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 writer did not use any Stylistic devices, his writing was very bland.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) It was a news article with a column of paragraphs.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Swiss national bank to adopt a negative interest rate"

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

Essay Author: David Jolly

Date of Publication:December 18, 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) This article is focused on people who may have ties to the Swiss banking system or people who are interested by the Swiss economy. David Jolly wrote this article because of the huge effect that it will have on the economy of many countries.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about The Swiss national bank and how they might start charging people for holding there money in there banks. The authors message is to tell people about how this might effect the economy of France, Switzerland and even Russia.

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 is very factual, the author doesn't have an opinion on the matter.

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 were no Stylistic devices

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) It is an article with columns of paragraphs.

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
1

Switzerland is very interesting. The banking system is very different from ours. I find that interesting and I wonder if it works better then the one we have!

2 years ago
0

If this were a movie it would be 10 out of 10 stars. I wonder why there is so much cheese and chocolate in Switzerland. A golden line for me is when you talk about the Swiss banks.