England: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By Megan Vice, Period 1

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Megan Vice

Period: 1

Nation of your choice: England

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am curious about this country because I have always wanted to go there but I have never been out of the country. If I did study abroad I would want to go to a place where they spoke English, so the fact that I really want to go there and the possibility of studying abroad there makes it the ideal place to study and learn more about.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I know what the major sightseeing places for tourists and how magnificent they are. I know about the Queen of England but I would like to know more about how the monarchy is incorporated with making laws and government issues. I know that England is apart of Great Britain or the UK. I know that within Great Britain there is England. I don't know anything about the English culture or their social issues. I know that the Great Britain is surrounded by water.   

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover reasons to want to study abroad there. I don't want to find something bad about the place I would really like to visit. I also want to know more about the monarchy and Buckingham palace.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): England is one of the oldest civilizations and its where most of our ancestors came from. I want to know about life in England and what it would be like to live there.

New York Times Topics: Great Britain

#1 They Say, I Say

Title of article (in quotation marks): "England's salt-reduction campaign saved lives, researchers say"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): *unknown*

Essay Author: Mary Macvean

Date of Publication: April 14, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The English government in 2003 began a program to get companies to gradually reduce the salt levels in their processed food.

Quote: Mary believes that "A 15% reduction in salt consumption was likely 'an important contributor' to a 40% reduction in stroke and heart disease deaths in the last decade in England." The author states that "processed foods account for about 80%of total salt intake, and the industry undertook a gradual reduction in salt added to all suck foods.' In the researchers' views "it's likely that the salt reduction occurred across the population."


Comment: I agree that the reduction of salt was most likely a contributor to the decrease in stroke and heart disease deaths in England, a point that needs emphasizing since so many people believe the false information on food labels. A lot of people think that processed foods aren't that bad for them. The researchers ideas on the value of salt reduction are extremely useful because they shed insight on the difficult problem of too much salt intake by the people through processed foods.

#2 They Say, I Say

Title of article (in quotation marks): "British Planes Intercept Russian Bombers"

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

Essay Author: Alan Cowell

Date of Publication: February 19, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Describes the event and how the British planes stopped the Russian bombers. This increases concerns about further plans that the Russian president will make in the future.

Quote: The British Prime Minister, David Cameron commented on this incident and argues that, " 'I suspect what’s happening here is that the Russians are trying to make some sort of a point, and I don’t think we should dignify it with too much of a response.' ”


Comment: I agree with what the British Prime Minister had to say about the incident. NATO officials have said that the number of intercepts of Russian aircraft has tripled since 2013. The fact that the Russians keep flying their military aircraft over foreign airspace makes it seem like they are trying to "make some sort of point," as said by the Prime Minister of Great Britain. I believe that Russia is looking for a big reaction, which would give them more power. We should be happy that British forces successfully guided the Russian aircraft out of their airspace without anything bad happening. Now we should go on with our lives and not think twice about the incident.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "British Property Secrecy Could Hide Crimes, Report Says"

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

Essay Author: Jenny Anderson

Date of Publication: March 4, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) This article focuses on people who are interested in buying land overseas and what the cause and effect it has had on the people of Britain. The author wrote it to spread what Britain is planning on doing about the offshore accounts who pay for property in Britain. There will be some new rules to ensure that there isn't anymore illegal activity going on in these properties.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This text talks about how offshore accounts own "36,342 buildings in London that could be used for illegal purposes." This is the worry because now, they do not know the true owners' names of these properties. It then has "10 recommendations to improve transparency, including requiring foreign companies that buy British property to disclose to the land registry the identities of the true owners. It also suggested a cap on all-cash purchases and a requirement that estate agents do background checks on buyers as well as sellers." The author's message is that there is a problem with offshore accounts in Britain,  but they are working on making it more affordable for British citizens. Because there is an "influx of foreign money," the ultra-wealthy are making London unaffordable for the people of Britain.

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 makes the reader feel informed about things that they might not have known about. It might make them feel concerned about the possibility of illegal activity going on in properties about Britain. The diction the article uses make sit sound official and how its a serious problem that they are trying to fix.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) There are know stylistic devices that I saw, but the whole article is based on facts and statistics.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) It had good structure, it started out with a good intro, introducing the events in summary and in chronological order. Then in later paragraphs it went into depth about issues this incident is about. It also had comments from other sources.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "At the Museum of London, the City That Sherlock Holmes Knew"

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

Essay Author: Rosyln Sulcas

Date of Publication: February 9, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Focuses on people who grew up reading Sherlock Holmes novels and people who were fans of his character. The writer wrote it to talk about the Museum in London and how they were having a gallery solely to dedicating Sherlock Holmes; she is trying to get people to go a visit the museum.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text focuses on what the gallery has in it, and it goes into depth about Sherlock Holmes and how he was a big part in English history.

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 light and appreciative. It says, "Divided into five parts, the exhibition neatly demonstrates the way Sherlock Holmes has become entwined with an idea of the city itself." Sherlock Holmes became and always will be a big part in England.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) There were no stylistic devices that I found.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The text has good structure; with a good opening, middle, and end.

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
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It was interesting that the British planes stopped the Russian bombers; however the Russians will make more plans in the future. I think overall it is a good tackk page because you go straight to the point what you are talking about in the article. I don't know why people think the food labels are wrong on the food in England. People would usually believe what the label would say.

2 years ago
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As I was scrolling, I saw the name of the article about the salt reduction and read the quote you put with it. That's incredible! The amount of health problems we have in the world are hugely apart of our daily intake. Props to England for making that helpful change!