Canada: 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:Drew Oliver

Period:3

Nation of your choice:Canada

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am curious about Canada because I have gone there two times in the last three years and have really enjoyed it. I have been thinking about wanting to go and move there or visit there every other year and at different times of the year because there are many activities to do and the country just seems amazing.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues):I have been to two regions in Canada and they are the mountain range and the flat area of Canada. I really like how Canada sorta has cities inside of cities. It really feels like I am home when I am there even though it is a different country. I haven't heard a lot about the social issues but I want to learn more.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research):I hope to find out more about their country and some of the problems it has. I want to be more educated about Canada so I can observe what it is like when I know about the country more.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): We need to know more about other countries in the world and not be so self centered as a country.

New York Times Topics: Canada

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name:Drew Oliver

Period:3

Title of article (in quotation marks): An Immodest Proposal Rankles a Capital Known for Modesty

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

Essay Author: Ian Austen

Date of Publication: 2/26/15

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Canada is known as a modest state and they have a plan that would make it seem not too modest anymore.

Quote: Ian Austen says,"...a politically charged proposal to fill the park with a monument that would we anything but modest has prompted protests from the mayor and other politicians,..."(NYT).


Comment: This quote shows that the project that they want to make is causing problems because the people don't want to seem immodest to the country and stay humble. The monument that they want to build the claim has nothing to do with them or anything in their country. The mayor doesn't even want to put this monument in because it seems really pointless to the nation and it would be the only monument in Canada that is outstanding and obvious in the whole nation.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name:Andrew Oliver

Period:3

Title of article (in quotation marks):Canadian Rail Strike Ends as Parties Agree to Arbitration

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

Essay Author: Ian Austen

Date of Publication: Feb.16, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The workers were angry and had a strike because they were said to be working too long of hours and the train company were trying to make them have time off, but they didn't want that to happen. The government was going to make a new bill that made the workers go back to work because they were losing business as the days passed.

Quote: Alexandre Boulerice states, "'The Conservatives always have the same answers: to attack the workers, attack their rights- their constitutional rights"(NYT).


Comment: I agree with this statement because there are other situations like these and then the company's management tries to go to the government to get people back to work. This person that said this statement is frustrated that they are going to the government instead of talking to employees and seeing what would make them happy. If the managers of the government stop doing what the workers don't want and start talking and having meetings or personal meetings with workers and seeing how things could be better in the company, then they wouldn't have the strikes that are having big effects on his company.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): Bloomberg Sees a Way on Keystone

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

Essay Author: Joe Nocera

Date of Publication: Feb. 27, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Joe Nocera wrote this article about how Michael Bloomberg can find a way to make the Keystone project work. It was written for the whole nation because with the oil supply we can lower gas prices and Canada can make money from giving us the oil for our gas. He wrote this article because we may be able to have a way to get gas all over the country easier now and it will highly lower the cost of gas.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about how we have been in a back and forth situation with this Keystone project and we may have found a way to start this project. He authors message was to tell us a bout Bloomberg's idea behind making the Keystone project happen. He said that maybe Obama could find a way to talk to the Canadian government and come up with a climate matter that will help them settle the argument about whether this will benefit both the U.S. and Canada.

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 and mood in this article is a kind of frustrated but happy because he feels like things are coming along and then there is always something to counteract this happening. He wants this to happen because it will be very helpful to our economy and it will make

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?)

#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...

Andrew Oliver

P.O. Box 637

Santa Rosa, Ca 95402

March 19, 2015

Ian Austen

The New York Times

620 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018

Dear Mr. Austen,

Hello, My name is Andrew Oliver. I am a Sophmore at Cardinal Newman High School in California. I have been reading articles for a project in my English class. I am writing this to you to ask you how you feel about this Monument wanting to be built in Ottowa, Canada.

I read the article An Immodest Proposal Rankles a Capital Known for Modesty. It said that there was a big Monument being built in a park next to the Supreme Court. It says it was for the victims of Communism and Canada wasn't apart of any Communism. The Canadians think that this monument will cause some controversy because that would be the only big, flashy monument that they have in Canada.

I think that Canada shouldn't have this monument put in because they don't have any other flashy monuments like we do in the United States and it would be pointless because then they would have to get more like that. What do you think that they should do with the monument? How do you think they should approach it? If it's going to cause controversy between countries and people there, then why would they even think about putting it in? Another thing that I personally thought was weird was that they are putting this in when they say they weren't even apart of the Communism that was going on. Do you think that it is pointless to be putting the monument in if they didn't have anything to do with the Communism? In the article it gave an analogy saying, "It would be like the Americans putting this on the Mall in Washington." I am wondering what you think they should really do about this monument?

Thank you for your time and for all of your hard work. I hope you can get back to me. I have been wondering what others think.

Sincerly,




Andrew Oliver

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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Good.