Denmark

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

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Grant Wall

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: Denmark

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country):

I have always been curious about Denmark since I found out I have heritage there. My family from Denmark has visited here twice but we have not been able to go there yet. My great-grandpa left his family in Denmark and started a new family in Fairfax, CA. It is amazing we are still in contact with the family he left behind. Denmark is a great country and I would love to go there and stay with my family.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues):

I don't know a ton about Denmark, which is part of the reason I chose it for the project. I do know that it is currently the oldest country in the world. I also know that Denmark is "Germany's hat", as it is it runs along Germany's northern border. Germany is also the only country Denmark borders. My family from Denmark has told me that people there are generally more standoffish. Here, people always acknowledge others just on the street, but in Denmark everyone minds their own business. Also, people in Denmark do things much slower and enjoy them, rather than like here where it seems like people are rushing through life.

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

I hope to learn more about Denmark's rich history because that is something I know nothing about. I also hope to discover what it truly means to be a Dane. I'm not quite sure how I will find that out but it would be very cool. I also think I will just learn a lot more about the culture in general, along with social issues. I don't think there a ton of social issues but I want to learn about all of them.

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

As I said before, Denmark is important to me because I am of Danish origin and I have family there. I really hope to visit one day as I think it would be a great experience to stay with my family in Copenhagen and live as a Dane. I want to become immersed in the culture when I finally visit and talk to a lot of people. In terms of Denmark's importance in the global community, I am not sure. I don't think it has a lot of importance.

New York Times Topics: Denmark

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Grant Wall

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Guarding Denmark's Jewish Heritage"

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

Essay Author: Bo Lidegaard

Date of Publication: February 26, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Protect Jews.

Quote: Bo Lidegaard argues that all local Jews are affiliated with Israel and that "this creates a latent threat of violence against Jews - as was so sadly demonstrated."


Comment: Bo is referring to the terrorist attacks on Denmark. He claims Jews were targeted, but there is no proof of that.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Grant Wall

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Russian Warns Denmark on Joining NATO Missile Defense"

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

Essay Author: David M. Herszenhorn

Date of Publication: March 22, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Russia threatens Denmark.

Quote: David M. Herszenhorn claims that "in an unusually pointed threat, the Russian ambassador in Copenhagen warned that Danish ships would become targets of Russia's nuclear arsenal if the Scandinavian joins NATO's missile defense program."


Comment: I think it is very odd that Russia would threaten Denmark just for joining a missile defense program.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Terror Attacks by a Native Son Rock Denmark"

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

Essay Author: Andrew Higgins and Melissa Eddy

Date of Publication: 15 February 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The audience is everyone, as this was a "breaking news" kinds of article. The writers seem neutral and they wrote it to convey information.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about the Copenhagen terror attacks, but also gives some context on Denmark's terrorism history. The overall message is about how horrible what has happened is.

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 seems completely neutral as the purpose of the article is to convey info.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) I don't see any devices in this article.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The beginning of the article just tells the main ideas, then goes into more detail later.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Russian Warns Denmark on Joining NATO Missile Defense"

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

Essay Author: David M. Herszenhorn

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?) The audience is everyone, as this was a "breaking news" kinds of article. The writer seems neutral and he wrote it to convey information.

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

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 seems completely neutral as the purpose of the article is to convey info.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) I don't see any devices in this article.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The beginning of the article just tells the main ideas, then goes into more detail later.

Letter to...

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March 22, 2015

The Prime Minister’s Office

Christiansborg

Prins Jørgens Gård 11

1218 Copenhagen K

Dear Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt:

My name is Grant Wall and I am a high school sophomore from California. I have written this letter to you for the purpose of asking you some questions. I would like to hear some of your opinions.

I read an article in The New York Times titled “Terror Attacks by a Native Son Rock Denmark,” written by Andrew Higgins and Melissa Eddy. In the article you were quoted as describing the terror attacks as “a fight for freedom against a dark ideology.”

I would like to know exactly what you are referring to when you say “dark ideology.” Are you referring to Islam as a whole or a specific sect? I would appreciate if you clarified this. What are you doing to prevent these attacks in the future? Surely you have a plan figured out?

I am looking forward to you replying with answers to my questions as well as any additional information. Thank you very much for your time.



Sincerely,




Grant Wall

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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HEY GRANT. I THINK THIS WAS SUPER RAD. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS COUNTRY?

2 years ago
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