Australia: 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: Savannah Solley

Period: 3

Nation of your choice: Australia

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am curious because I am really interested in traveling there and also my dad lived there for a while.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I do not know much about Australia besides that there oceans have a lot of sharks. I have watched Finding Nemo and it is in Sydney harbor.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover more about the geography and the culture. I am really interested in what the daily life of someone who lives in Australia would be like. For example what the most popular jobs are, how the housing is set up,and what people like to do for fun.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): There is really no importance to it especially since it is kind of out of the way from everything but it is very popular fro traveling.

New York Times Topics: Australia

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Savannah Solley

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Prime Minister Seeks to Tighten Controls on Australians Suspected of Terrorism"

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

Essay Author:Michelle Innis

Date of Publication: Feburary 23, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Suspected terrorist

Quote: Michelle Innis states, "The prime minister pledged stronger prohibitions on hate speech, intimidation, and inciting hatred, but he stopped short of outlawing and organization."  


Comment: I think it is very good that the prime minister is wanting to tighten down on this issue. Since ISIS is coming over to Australia they are having many issues that led to people becoming terrorist. Also since a few people have been killed or seriously injured due to terrorist attacks.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Savannah Solley

Period: 3

Title of article (in quotation marks):Executions Imminent for Foreigners Convicted of Smuggling

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

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: Feburary 6th, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Eight people attempting to smuggle heroin back into Australia

Quote: “I feel sick in the pit of my stomach when I think about what is quite possibly happening to these youngsters.”


Comment: I greatly agree with this quote because the eight people that were attempting to try and bring the drug in all ranged in an age group of 18 to 33. Also it is very saddning that such young people are surrending themselves and are involved with such a deadly drug. Hopefully with their up to 20 sentence long in jail they my be able to fix and chnage the current lifestlye.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Australia Challenges Use of Unpaid Internships"

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

Essay Author: Michelle Innis

Date of Publication: November 9th, 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The article I believe is focused on people who have an internship because they should know the rights they have. This was written because it is not just an issue in Australia but also the U.S.  

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about the debate on whether internships should be payed or not. The people arguing over this issue are deciding whether should get paid or not depending on the number of hours and the work load that the internship requires.

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 text should make the reader feel more powered if they are doing an internship because they are finally considering if internship should be paid or not especially since they are doing pretty much the same exact work as the people getting paid.

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

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
1

Very good job on this, I like the pictures and articles you used. It looks like you have spent a good amount of time on this project. You have a good sense of what is going on. Why did you choose this country?

2 years ago
1

You did a very nice job on this tackk, I like the picture of the kangaroo. It looks like your almost done with it. Have you ever been to Australia?

2 years ago
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I like your articles and your background is really cool

2 years ago
0

Who knew there was such a big drug problem in Australia? What caught your eye to choose this country?

2 years ago
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How many kangaroo are there on Australia?