India : A Look at it's Social Issues

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

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Alex Johnson

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: India

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): India is place of extreme diversity. Compared to the U.S it is very foreign. To travel there would be a great adventure filled with constant learning and new sights. Travel to Europe also   excites me. But many countries in Europe share the same customs and way of life. The totally different way of life in India is a surefire way to ensure constant stimulation of all senses.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I know that India is very a impoverished country. They are overpopulated, dirty, and have a lot of pollution. They have a diverse geography including deserts all the way to the himalayan mountain range. Hinduism is a main religion in India. An ironic thing is the Ganges River. It is known as being a clean and sacred place to worship, while in reality, it is very polluted. Child beggars are also a big problem India has faced for many years.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I think I will discover new locations to see when I visit and important things to be aware of. Including places not to go. I hope to discover topics about social customs and things I can do to be respectful of the culture when I visit.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): I want to travel here.  Many of India's problems have been overlooked because the Country had been labeled as third world. On the flip side, there are mission trips to improve the quality of life for some people. Such as improving education systems, providing clean water etc.

New York Times Topics: Hungary

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Alex Johnson    

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): " India weighs providing free drugs at State Run hospital"

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

Essay Author: Vikas Bajaj

Date of Publication: July 5 2012

Essay main idea/thesis statement: New Delhi is completing a proposal to provide hundreds of essential drugs free to patients in government run hospitals and clinics at a cost of nearly $5 billion over 5 years.

Quote: " This new initiative, if approved as part of the five year proposal, would be a giant step in the vastly expanding the access to medicines", the official, Dr. Arun K. Panda said


Comment: Dr. Arun K Panda's ideas on vastly expanding the access to medicines in India are extremely useful because they shed insight on the difficult problem of keeping the citizens of India healthy by providing proper treatment. As a whole, India is a very impoverished country. There are many people who are in need of medical attention. This new proposal will be beneficial to the people. India's government has money to spend and it is a good idea they are putting it towards their people.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Alexander Johnson

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "As rivals falter, India's economy is surging ahead".

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

Essay Author: Keith Bradsher

Date of Publication: 2/26/15

Essay main idea/thesis statement: As other big developing markets stumble, India is emerging as one of the few hopes for global growth.

Quote: According to Pritam Sanghai, " Most of the Factories in Tiruppur are doubling or tripling in their capacity, and these are huge factories".


Comment: This is definitely a good thing for large business owners, companies, and the government. But how will it effect the people? Hopefully the leaders of India will manage the money in a safe way. The growth of factories like this could just make the upper class even more distant from the lower class. There need to be a strengthening of the middle class. Hopefully political leaders can address the persistent poverty and corruption that plague the economy.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): " At the month mark"

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

Essay Author: Vishnu Varna

Date of Publication: June 27. 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?)The text was written by Vishnu Varna. It was written to show the progress of Modi for people who are interested in his advancement as a leader.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)The text is focused on Modi's reflections and his goals while in office. It has a main theme of bringing up many of his flaws instead of his right-doings; It should be more balanced to proper inform a new reader.

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 general mood gives you a sense of new light. It supplies the reader with enough background of Modi to feel as if he will be a positive change for the country

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?) This is an informative text. The structure is like a newspaper;strictly designed to supply to the reader with quality information while adding some slight hints of the authors' opinion on the matter.


#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 Gloria Steinem

Alex Johnson

1023 Limerick Ln

Healdsburg, Ca 95448

March 20, 2015

P.O. Box 893

New York, NY 10268

USA

Dear Gloria Steinem:

My name is Alexander Johnson and I am a sophomore at Cardinal Newman High School in

Santa Rosa California. In my English class students are assigned to pick a country and research

it. I am interested in India and intend to visit after college. I would like to

I read your article titled “ A constant battle against the sale of bodies in Bihar” in the New York Times. This is a very apparent problem that needs to end. These young women are basically being forced into prostitution because of a lack of money. Some of these girls don’t have families and are left to take care of their siblings. I found it intriguing that you visited the same exact place that Buddha was born. I would love to visit and see all of that history.

I am happy to know that there are people like you in this world that will go to an incredibly impoverished country to help the living conditions. For my second time, on April 5th, I will leave for Nicaragua to build a school for local children in a rural community. I’m sure, just as me, the first time you went to a third world country you had somewhat of a “culture shock”. Nicaragua is one of the most impoverished countries in Central America but I can only imagine what the living conditions are like in Bihar. In Nicaragua, many homes are just constructed from bricks and sheet metal. Many don’t even have doors. A couple times I saw old women at least in their 70’s carrying big heavy bundles of wood, fruit, or supplies up hills. This is what they are forced to do if they want to live and make ends meet. The only way out of poverty is a proper education. This is why I am so inclined to help build these schools in Nicaragua. I am very glad to hear that Apne Aap has helped these children receive an education. I think this is a very good thing and we should have more people from around the world come and help build schools to provide these children an education so they will not have to make inhumanly sacrifices just to survive.

I hope more activists such as yourself decide to make a change for the better in India and other countries Also, to help children receive an education and come out of the recurring issue of poverty. And Lastly, to stand up for women’s rights

Sincerely,

Alex Johnson

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