Greece: A Look at it's Social Issues

Project Overview

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS

Project Proposal

Name: Patricia Servat

Period: 1

Nation of your choice: Greece

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I chose this country because I think it's really interesting from what I have heard. I've seen pictures and it looks really pretty and I would like to go someday. Also, going to another country is an experience to know how other people live, and you learn more about their culture.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): Greece is a country that I don't know much about and that is one of the reasons I chose this country for my project.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope that through the research of this project I can end up knowing more about Greece, about the culture, and I can compare it to mine, I personally think that is really interesting. Also, I would like to know about some places that as a tourist I would like.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): Greece is a country where most of the people around the world visit in summer, because it has a really beautiful coast and good temperature.

New York Times Topics: Greece

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Patricia Servat

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks): Across Athens, Graffiti Worth a Thousand Words of Malaise

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

Essay Author: Liz Alderman

Date of Publication:  April 15, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: In this article, we can learn that Graffiti in Greece is an important part of the country, because it is a way of expressing people's thoughts or a way that people protest. Besides that we can see different opinions on people's point of views on why people choose to express themselves through graffiti.

Quote: The Greek street artist who is known as iNO states; "If you want to learn about the city, look at it's walls" and concludes by saying: "My goal is to deliver social and political counterpropaganda, and make people think".


Comment: According to what the Greek artist said, iNO's idea for artists to paint in public places and express what they think of people's beliefs I personally think that it is a good idea and an artistic way of knowing other people's thoughts. I think if street artists graffiti in moderation we should respect it, and appreciate their talents.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Patricia Servat

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks): Why Our Monuments Matter

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

Essay Author: Nikos Konstandaras

Date of Publication: August 19, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: This article explains the experience of a man who traveled to Athens with his younger brother and went to visit the Acropolis temple ruins and sculpture and they both were astonished by what he saw.

Quote: Sigmund Freud after visiting Athens recalled: "A feeling of astonishment mingled with my joy," and after a strange thought crossed his mind, something that would intrigue him for the rest of his life "When, finally, on the afternoon after our arrival I stood on the Acropolis and cast my eyes around upon the landscape, a surprising thought suddenly entered my mind" and kept saying: "So all this really does exist, just as we learnt at school".


Comment: Travelling opens up everyone's minds and perspective of life. In Freud's occasion he could not even belief what he was seeing. The world is really big and it has huge differences between each country.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): Greece to Tourists: Keep Coming

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

Essay Author: Harvey Morris

Date of Publication: June 15, 2012

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 an author who wanted to let people know about why tourist go to Greece and the different attractions the tourists have to go to visit Greece. An example would be the currency, Greece may change it so it could be a good fact to people from specific countries to go because it will be cheaper.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)

The author's message is explaining that Greece may change their currency, not using euros anymore, and because of that a lot of countries will be attracted to go because it will be cheaper for them to go there.

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 is formal, as a newspaper author and the article also includes other people's opinions about travelling to Greece, how was their experience or the good part of Greece changing currency , and that makes the article interesting.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)

In the article we can find the answer of several questions that the readers would like to ask while they are reading, so that is helpful because it's an easy article to understand and it helps the readers to follow the article.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)

This is a non-fiction article, it has a thesis and all the text explains with more detail what the thesis is about. It includes quotes about different opinions about the thesis, giving opinions even going against the thesis or towards the thesis

#4 The Big 5

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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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2 years ago
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It is interesting that the people from Greece draws Graffiti to express their thoughts. Today, most people draws for fun to express their feelings or thoughts. I think its a great way to express their feelings or thoughts from drawing. I think this is a great tackk page because you stated well on the comments about your articles you have read. I don't understand why people want to travel? Their are many places out there that are dangerous yet people want to travel.

2 years ago
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@NguyenSt3r That is a good question: why do people want to go to dangerous places. Maybe it is because modern American life is so safe and often boring, people are longing for something different.

2 years ago
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I didn't know that graffiti was a big part in other countries especially Greece. Whenever I think of Greece I think of white and blue houses and beaches. I like that you found something that most people wouldn't know about.