A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By: Julia Watson
Name: Julia Watson
Nation of your choice: mexico
Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am interested in the drug and animal problems of this country. I really want to spread the nearness of mitigation, predator problems, and drug related issues.
Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I already know that Mexico is widely visited. It has a drug cartel issues, but also
Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover the drug and animal immigration problems. I hope to inform others of the serious problems occurring in Mexico and to learn about them myself.
Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): I think Mexico is very important because I am going to be traveling to Mexico, so I think I need to know all about it to be aware of it. When I go, I want to already know everything and be very educated. Mexico is import globally because we get many things from them so we have a right to know anything about the country.
New York Times Topics: Mexico
#1 They Say, I Say
Student Name: Julia Watson
Title of article (in quotation marks): "Mexico Moves to Save Endangered Porpoise"
Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): International New York Times
Essay Author: Elisabeth Malkin
Date of Publication: February 28, 2015
Essay main idea/thesis statement: The Mexican government is making a final effort to save the vaquita, a tiny porpoise that has been driven to the edge of extinction.
Quote: Elisabeth's ideas saving endangered porpoises is extremely useful because they shed insight on the difficult problem of "The fisherman's gillnets, stretching for miles across the sea, have long been a lethal threat to the vaquita, which become entangled in them and die"(nyt).
Comment: I agree with everything Elisabeth Malkin has stated. I think endangering and killing innocent mammals is uncalled for, specifically for dumb reasons. The illegal fishing needs to be stopped all together.
#2 They Say, I Say
Student Name: Julia Watson
Title of article (in quotation marks): "Don't Fence the Jaguar Out"
Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times
Essay Author: Jon Beckmann
Date of Publication: Feb 11, 2015
Essay main idea/thesis statement: The long fence which will separate the U.S and Mexico. The wildlife would have many issues with this and also migration issues.
Quote: "In key locations, however, fencing seriously hampers the movement of predators and migratory animals. For species like wolves and jaguars, which need to range widely between habitats that are susceptible to drought, this is a grave threat to survival"(nyt).
Comment: This article really opens my eyes about how serious problems will happen if they put up the fence. It might be a good idea in some concepts, but most wildlife and migration would have serious problems.
#3 The Big 5
Title of article (in quotation marks):"Human Currency in Mexico's Drug Trade"
Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times
Essay Author: Mario Belatin
Date of Publication: March 27, 2010
1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Mario Beltain wrote the text. He wrote it for the well-being of the citizens of mexico to inform others about it. He wrote it because people need to know about all the shadiness that occurs.
2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about the citizens and victims of being rented out and to inform others about the drug deals gone wrong. mexico is used to both these things and Mario wants it to the end. he wants Mexico to be more safe.
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 writers tone is sad and disappointing in his country. The text makes me feel upset that people can just be rented out and get out of what they did. Their is no individuality and responsibility in this country.
4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) The devices used in this article is many rhetorical questions, sarcasm, and figurative speech. He uses metaphor to get his topic across.
5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The text is a new article, which is a cause and effect kind of feel. It talks about how if they get the fence, what the consequences would be like.
#4 The Big 5
Title of article (in quotation marks): "Worry Under the Big Top as Mexico City Moves to Ban Circus Animals"
Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times Articles
Essay Author: Elisabeth Malkin
Date of Publication: June 14, 2014
1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Elisabeth wrote the text and it was written mainly for all the people involved in the Circus Business. The writer wrote it to express the Circus people's feelings toward losing animals in their acts.
2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about how the people who work at Circus's and their feelings toward banning animals. The people of Mexico city want to ban animals because the people could be harming the animals and treating them illegally. The author's message is to get across the pain and suffering of both the animals and how the circus families would lose people coming to Circus's. People come to circus mostly for the animals, not really the people.
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 writer's tone is sad and willing to listen to both sides. The text makes me feel sad that maybe the animals get treated badly, and also how the Circus people feel about losing business and losing their so called friends. Te edition used to create this tone is the format and feeling you get from the writer's words.
4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) The writer uses many devices to get its point across. She uses rhetorical questions by saying who knows if the animals are actually being feed. She uses many metaphors and analogies to show how the animals are not really getting anything out off being part of the Circus, not even food.
5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This Article is a news article and an informative article. At first the author talks about a Circus family and then it talks about the problems of animal's leaving the circus and the effects of that. Then, the writer use several paragraphs to tells reader each part of details of this events.
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March 20, 2015
Dear Mr. Kerasote:
Hello this is Julia Watson. I am a sophmore at Cardinal Newman High School. We are doing this project and I have chosen Mexico for my topic. I was researching and found your article and it caught my attention. The reason I am taking time to reach out to you is to tell you how much I enjoyed this article and of the many aspects you pointed out pertaining to the issues about putting this “fence up”. Mainly, what I want out of this letter is more insight on what you know and to be more informed on the wildlife problems and migration issues.
The article that caught my eye is “Border’s without Fences”. This article had many strong arguments about the 700 mile long and 15 foot high fence. The arguments and issues that were mentioned was about the wildlife and migration problems that would occur if the fence was completed.
The article,”Border’s without Fences” was a terrific article that mostly I agreed with. I absolutely agree with your opinions about how the fence can cause huge problems for wildlife. For example, how the fence could physically prevent mammals and reptiles from crossing the border. Another problem you brought up that I agree with is the insects would attract to the lights on the fence and would easily be preyed by the birds, which is horrible. I like your perspective on all the issues if the fence was completed. Some disagreements I came up upon, were that you didn't see the other side of having the fence and it being a good thing for immigration purposes. An example is that the fence is designed to help America and I see how it can and I think there are other ways than building a huge fence that will cause many very serious problems. I had mostly agreements with your article and I truly enjoyed your opinions. Some questions I had is if there were other ways that you know of instead of the fence? Maybe rules? A checkpoint? Other than that this article was a huge influence and I'm honored to have read it.
My request is simple, just more ways to help the immigrants and more opinions from you. I throughly enjoyed your article and everything you said. I encourage you to write back to me because I would love to know more about this topic and would love updates on the notion. Thank you for your time and effort and beautiful well written article.