Sweden: 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: Margaret McCormick

Period: 1st

Nation of your choice: Sweden

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I feel I do not know enough about Sweden. It is part of my heritage and I would like to know more about it. Sweden is also a beautiful country and a place that I would like to travel to someday. I feel that I choose to one day explore this country, it would be helpful to be more knowledgeable about it.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): Sweden is a beautiful country that is also home to a kind and good-natured people. The weather is typically cold and it snows a lot. The country is located next to Norway on the Scandinavian peninsula. It is typically a peaceful country.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover more about this country's issues and attractions. I want to discover what makes Sweden such a great place. I predict that Sweden is much more interesting than I had originally thought. I believe that this country has more features than most people know.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): As I stated earlier, Sweden is a part of my heritage and family. Some of my ancestors from long ago came to America from there. It is also a place I would like to travel to someday. Globally, Sweden is seen as a peaceful country. Many other European countries look up to Sweden because of their good economy and presence of entrepreneurs. Sweden has a lot to offer the world in terms of industry and businesses.  

New York Times Topics: Sweden

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Maggie McCormick

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Tension Over Swedish Immigration Rises After Suspected Arson at Mosque Hurts 5."

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

Essay Author: Stephen Castle

Date of Publication: December 26, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: It is clear that Sweden is becoming more dangerous for people of different religions and ethnic groups.

Quote: Morgan Johansson, the country's Justice Minister, called the suspected arson "disgusting", and believes that the incident was indeed a hate crime towards Muslims.


Comment: I agree with the Justice Minister, because in my experience, I have witnessed many acts of intolerance toward people of other religious beliefs.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Maggie McCormick

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks): "A Murder Trial in Sweden, With Echoes of Norway"

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

Essay Author: Christina Anderson

Date of Publication: May 15, 2012

Essay main idea/thesis statement: A Swedish man was charged with the murder of three people and the attempted murder of 12. He was prejudiced and targeted only immigrants in the country.

Quote: "'People didn't want to be out at night', said Amir Burhani, a cabdriver who noticed an increase in business."


Comment: Violent crimes against people of different backgrounds are on the rise in Sweden. It has come to the point where peole do not feel safe at night.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Tension Over Swedish Immigration Rises After Suspected Arson at Mosque Hurts 5"

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

Essay Author: Stephen Castle

Date of Publication: December 26, 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 was written by a New York Times Journalist. It is aimed toward more a mature audience to inform them about hate crimes based on religion.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This article tells about a fire that was set in a mosque. The authorities are still trying to find the arsonist who is guilty of the crime.

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 writer's tone is blunt and serious, because he is writing about a serious matter. This causes us to think deeper on the subject and take it seriously.

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 author incorporates the use of analogies and metaphors to make us help us understand the gravity of the situation in Sweden.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This text is an informative news article.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "A Murder Trial in Sweden, With Echoes of Norway"

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

Essay Author: Christina Anderson

Date of Publication: May 15, 2012

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) An author from The New York Times wrote this article for mature audiences to explain crimes against immigrants in Sweden.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This article tells about a shooting spree that took place in Sweden. The shooter, Peter Mangs, shot at immigrants simply because he had a particular dislike towards them. Three were killed and 12 were injured in the shooting.

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 of the text is serious because the shooting is a solemn matter. It makes the reader rethink their views on Swedish immigration.

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 uses rhetorical questions and metaphors to get his point across.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The text is a news article that discusses the serious issue of intolerance in Sweden.

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2 years ago
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Nice!!

2 years ago
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I think that you should work on it. You should add more information on to your page. It is looking good so far.

2 years ago
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2 years ago
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I think its nice that your family is part of Sweden. It is was quite interesting to find out that Sweden is getting more dangerous than before. Such as the guy who was charged for murdering 3 people.

2 years ago
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I had no idea that Sweden was in so much danger, but great research.