Australia: A Look at it's Social Issues

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

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Charlie Schroeter

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: Australia

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I chose Australia as my nation of choice for a couple reasons. Both of my parents were born in a small town in the South of Australia. Because of this I have always been interested in the nation and was lucky enough to visit a few times. I also am extremely fascinated by the nation. The geography, government and much more.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): Since I have already visited Australia I am familiar with the geography and weather which is extremely hot and dry. Other than that I don't know much about the ruling of the nation or the history besides for it being colonized by the English.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research):

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community):

New York Times Topics: Australia

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Charlie Schroeter

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Catching Perth's Wave in Western Australia"

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

Essay Author: Baz Dreisinger

Date of Publication: February 27, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Visiting Australia

Quote: In the beginning of the article the author Baz starts talking about Perth's thriving economy and he says "If you think Perth is getting trendy, wait till you see what it's becoming.


Comment: I think how Baz describes Perth is vivid with details which catches my attention and makes me long to visit what sounds like a wonderful place.He begins with his first morning and he describes the coffee as the freshest ever ground. If the first morning you have the best coffee you've ever had everything else must be alright. He then begins to adventurer out and he describes the colors, sounds, views and much more in a way that depicts it in your head.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Charlie Schroeter

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): For Australia's Muslims, Relief is shadowed by Fear

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

Essay Author: Thomas Fuller and Michelle Innis

Date of Publication: December 18, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The main idea of this article is that Muslims in Australia are being blamed for the attacking of the terrorist group Isis.

Quote: "Muslim office workers, students, and homemakers in Australia have said that many of their non-Muslim compatriots expected them to have answers about what happened."(1)


Comment: I think what is happening to the Muslim residents of Australia is terrible. In the article in describes how when the terrorist act at an Australian cafe a Muslim who works in an office building received "piercing" stares from the people he works with. A man working in an office has nothing to do with these acts but is still blamed due to stereotypes.

#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?)

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
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It is really interesting that both your parents were born in Australia.

2 years ago
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Its a very Interesting place Australia and that is really cool how you are fortunate enough to have visited it.

2 years ago
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this relates to you and your family because you're Australian, though it would be nice to see more finished work 😀

2 years ago
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I 💙 your tackk it connects to you family which is cool