Canada: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By: Avery Romano

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Avery Romano

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: Canada

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I would really like to live in Canada.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): Canada is cold, the people are similar to Americans, it is just north of America, and there are a lot of forests, lakes, and rivers.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): How great Canada is, and what problems they have that need fixing.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): Canada is important to me because like I said, want to live there one day. I love the wildlife and environmental parts of it. Canada is a great source for salmon, but the salmon farms need to be abolished because it is spreading diseases like wildfire to the salmon unfortunately.

New York Times Topics: Canada

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Avery Romano

Period: 2nd period

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Canadian Encyclopedia"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): Wildlife Preserve

Essay Author: D. Scott Slocombe, A. I. Dagg

Date of Publication: 10/24/10

Essay main idea/thesis statement: A wildlife preserve is an area of land or water set aside from at least some forms of development or recreational use, particularly from industrial use, hunting and motorized recreation, to protect wildlife and their habitats.

Quote: "In 1986 Canada's first national wildlife area (NWA) was established at Polar Bear Pass... Now there are more than 50 NWA's protecting nearly 1,000,000ha of wildlife habitat. Environment Canada also manages more than 90 migratory BIRD SANCTUARIES across Canada.

Comment: There should be more dedication to wildlife preserves because before we know it there won't be much of it left until we make more efficient ways to go about our daily lives.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Avery Romano

Period: 2nd Period

Title of article (in quotation marks): "CG Compass blog"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): Concern Over the Atlantic Salmon Numbers in Quebec

Essay Author: Thomas Hall

Date of Publication: 5/21/14

Essay main idea/thesis statement: But just a decade ago, the polar pastime of fishing in the province's waterways was almost a memory, and it remains tenuous as Atlantic salmon numbers continue to raise concerns about the species' health in the province.

Quote: "Predation, the spread of disease from escaped farmed salmon, lack of food and ocean temperatures all have an impact on the fish. Carr says it's difficult to assess the reason for the low grilse returns in Quebec because a salmon's life in the ocean isn't well understood."

Comment: Salmon from Canada is sold all over the world and is known for being some of the best. When they are trapped in the salmon farms they catch and spread diseases very quickly. This needs to be stopped.

#3 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?)

#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...

Avery Romano200 Lawndale RdKenwood, CA, 95452

March 21, 2015
Dear, Mr. Gillis;
I am a student at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa California. I read your article in the New York Times website about polar bears in Canada and how the climate change effects them. The unusual weather patterns you talk about in the article I think are caused by global warming and the major use of vehicles us humans use endlessly. Unfortunately polar bears are getting the worst effects of it. The climate change puts them under so much stress. The bears cannot manage to catch seals and fish anymore because all of the ice is melting for them to retreat back to. This may be nice for the polar bear’s prey such as fish and seals, but for the polar bears, this can be fatal. It is unbelievable that parts of Hudson Bay were still open water all the way up until January. This throws off the polar bear’s yearly routine. This delays their return to the ice in the fall leaving them with nothing to survive on but water. They never get enough food in the winter, therefore, they do not have nearly enough energy. If they get to shore, there is little to no food left. This makes it almost impossible for any of the polar bears to survive anymore. Because the females have so little to offer, their litter sizes are decreasing in quality and quantity. The bear cubs have no chance at survival in these conditions. It is outrageous the polar bear population has decreased 20 percent since 1980. It is sad to think that in the future, my children will very likely never know what a polar bear is. It will be the kind of thing they see pictures of and will never be able to witness. except maybe in a zoo which is so pathetic to think that only the sad polar bears stuck in captivity forced to reproduce will be the only ones left. It is so strange to think they will soon be extinct like wooly mammoths, another species us humans killed off for furs, climate also played a role though. Our generation definitely focuses more on how to make efficient ways to go about life while being eco safe which I absolutely love, but someone needs to make a big change before it is too late for the polar bears because at this rate, it will be too late. Global warming is not taken seriously enough for the consequences that are soon to come. I really appreciated your article and I loved what you had to say and the information you gave. Thank you for your time.



Avery Romano

Comment Stream

2 years ago
1

Good set up and pictures. I really liked the articles and how they really capture Canada. Why do you want to live in Canada? What made you like it there so much?

2 years ago
1

What made you decide to pick Canada? Have you ever been there? your tack is very well laid out.

2 years ago
0

I wonder why wildlife preserve is an area of land or water set aside from at least some of development or recreational use?