Italy : 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: Mkayla Murphy

Period: 1

Nation of your choice: Italy

Rationale: I chose Italy because half of my family is from Italy. It looks really amazing and beautiful. Also, it would be a change from where I live now. I want to know how different Italy is to California. Lastly, I would love to learn more about Italy's culture and how the people of Italy live an everyday life.

Summary: I do not know much about Italy, but i am hoping through this project that I will educate myself more on Italy. I know that Italy has pretty normal temperature, such as really dry and hot summer with really cold and rainy winters. Italy has beautiful and intricate buildings with a ton of history behind them. Italy is located in Southern Europe and has a long boot shaped peninsula. Just like any other place Italy has numerous social issues such as poverty, I would say the biggest problem anywhere. 

Prediction: I hope to discover more about the history and the importance of the amazing buildings there are in Italy. Also, about the social and economic issues and how Italy is working to solve the social issues. I hope to learn more about my family and the background. Another topic I would like to learn about is Sicily, which my family is from. I think I will be more well educated about my family history and the great country of Italy.

Discussion: Italy contributes countless fashion products, massive production of consumption products, automotive products and much more. Italy contributes more globally than I imagined. Italy mostly contributes high fashion, luxury items. Expensive fashion, cars and food is not all Italy has to offer. Italy contributes musical and painting attributes.  

New York Times Topics: Italy

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Mkayla Murphy

Period: 1

Title of article :"Trying to Reinvent Italy"

Title of newspaper: The New York Times

Essay Author: Roger Cohen

Date of Publication: December 13, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement:This article expresses how the Prime Minister of Italy would like to modernize Italy. Some people of Italy are for this and think Italy should be more with the time of America, others do not agree and think Italy should be left alone.

Quote: Roger Cohen states "Italians are rich, Prudent savers. Their state is poor, Profligate and inefficient. For 30 years now, since I was a correspondent in Italy, I have watched the country deploy it's ingenuity to evade modernization."


Comment: I disagree with Roger Cohen's statement because I do not believe that Italy needs to modernize their country. People love and enjoy Italy because it is not like other countries. It is unique. People from around the world go to Italy to experience the classic, old untouched architecture of the Italian buildings. Italy is beautifully rustic and should not be changed into something it is not. 

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Mkayla Murphy

Period: 1

Title of article: "Italy Resumes Navy Exercise amid New Tensions Over Libya"

Title of newspaper: The New York Times

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: March 1, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The main idea of this article is Italy is resuming Navy exercises in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Libya. Concerns about rapidly deteriorating security in the North African Nation. It includes several aircraft's and training operations. This Navy exercise was suspended for a year because  of the heavy deployment of the Italian Navy and other vessels during rescue to turn their attention to Libyan smuggling. The European Union started anti-smuggling patrols.

Quote: Italy's new chief of staff, Claudio Graziano admits "That while the training exercise in routine, it also plays a role of dissuasion in terms of general security. Italy has oil and gas, including offshore , interests in Libya."


Comment: I agree with Claudio Graziano's statement because they should increase security needs. Smuggling Migrants is not a right thing to do. I also agree with resuming Navy exercises because they should be trained properly if the Italian Cost Guard and Italian navy wants to increase security.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article: "Italy Resumes Navy Exercise Amid New Tensions over Libya"

Title of newspaper :The New York Times

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: March 1, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE: The Associated press wrote this factual article. My guess is that hey press would be writing it for the people of Rome and the Navy families.The press wrote it because it is a very important detail and everyone should know that the Italian navy is resuming. 

2. CONTENT AND THEME: This article is about the Italian Navy resuming and the many difficulties along the way. The Navy is resuming over in the Mediterranean Sea, near Libya. Concerns are awakening about deteriorating security in the North African Nation. The authors' message is that it is a good idea for the Navy to resume, but also extremely dangerous.

3. TONE AND MOOD: The writers tone is factual and informative. The article gives the reader numerous facts and consequences about resuming the exercises. This article has a fair share of facts and quotes. This article makes me feel a little deeper inside Italy, but also a tad concerned for the Navy and the nations around Italy and the Mediterranean Sea.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES: The author uses analogy, facts and quotes to support his reasoning of the article. The whole article is based on actual events, facts and quotes. This article is not sarcastic and it does not ask questions, it is straight factual. It is a great article because it is short and dives into the point.

5. STRUCTURE: This article is fairly short, but crammed with facts about Italy. It has different opinions about the Navy resuming. This article is well structured because it gives pros and cons to support both sides. This article is very good if you need a factual article.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article: "Europe Increases Aid to Italy to Help with Influx of Migrants"

Title of newspaper: The New York Times

Essay Author: Gaia Pianigiani

Date of Publication: February 19, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE: Gaia Pianigiani wrote this article to educate people on how Italy needs help financially and how Europe will not let Italy sink on its own. Italy needs to deal with the influx of migrant fleeing African and Middle East Nations. Europe needs 13.7 million euros($15.6 million) for a border control operation on the Mediterranean Sea. Also, rescuing people in distress is good and a top priority. The Italian Navy search and rescue led the rescue mission.

2. CONTENT AND THEME: This article is educating the readers on how Italy is hurting financially. Europe stated that they were not going to let Italy stand alone and sink, Europe has made it clear that they are going to help Italy. Also. Italy is having a major problem with migrants fleeing their country. The Italian Navy is contributing to patrolling the shores as well as Triton. 

3. TONE AND MOOD: The writer uses facts and quotes as well as my fellow articles I have examined. The writer states facts and reasons, then backs it up with quotes and proof. This article makes the reader feel more involved with Italy and its security issues. Italy has a lot of supporters and other countries willing to lend a helping hand towards Italy.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES: The article uses factual writing to compose this article. This article is crammed with facts and quotes to support the reasoning. The writer uses concerned speech, not much sarcasm. Also, situational irony is thrown into this article. Many places are concerned with Italy and its well being and that really shows through the article.

5. STRUCTURE: The structure of this article is based on facts and opinions of the writer. The point of this article is to educate the reader about Italy. It has many different opinions on Italy and how the border control operation is going to go through. Italy does not stand alone. This article explains the difficulty Italy is having with money ans migrants. 

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2 years ago
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I dig it

2 years ago
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I like you tackk page it is really interesting to me because I didn't know that Europe needed to pay 13.7 million euros for a border control operation. 👍 👌

2 years ago
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Its really interesting that Italy was helped by Europe financially. I wonder how many migrants have left Italy this year.

2 years ago
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This is a very good tackk I didn't realize that Europe was in that much debt that is concerning for the people and the government great job mkayla 😘 😍 🔥 💧 💦 👍 👍

2 years ago
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I wonder why Italy has countless of fashions and food but it is expensive in Italy. If The food and fashions are expensive then doesn't it mean people need better jobs to get a better pay.😄

2 years ago
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It's cool you did great

2 years ago
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I didn't know about the struggle in the north Africa and I didn't know that Italy was involved with their Navy. I think this is a good topic to cover because not many people know about other country's military issues.