New Zealand: 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: Morgan Webb

Period: 1st

Nation of your choice: New Zealand

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I find New Zealand interesting because its where The Lord of the Rings was filmed. I find this interesting because I've always wanted to snowboard the mountains in that movie. I also chose this county because of the beautiful landscape, that someday i would want to go see. Also in researching New Zealand I discovered that the band members of AC/DC live there. I have also always wanted to know about how New Zealand was named.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): New Zealand is a Land near Australia full of tropical New Zealand is also the home of some of the famous rock band AC/DC. New Zealand also has glaciers, which are melting.  The melting Glaciers bring forth a grand political discussion of Global Warming. New Zealand also is interesting because of the vikings that went there so long ago.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover things about the glaciers and melting snow there. I also want to learn about its Politics. I also wish to learn about how New Zealand was named. I find it interesting that New Zealand could have Vikings in it. I also want to learn about New Zealand's history.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”):

New York Times Topics: New Zealand

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name:Morgan Webb

Period:1st

Title of article (in quotation marks):"New Zealand Glaciers Ebb and and tour Guides Play Catch up"

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

Essay Author: Mike Ives

Date of Publication: January 22, 2015 

Essay main idea/thesis statement: "A giant slab of ice and snow and snow a short drive from the main street, guided glacier hiking began here in 1928 and is a main reason for the areas popularity as a destination for international travelers."

Quote:  I agree that, "Around the world, climate changes is having uneven economic effects on tourism operators whose businesses depend on ice and snow," my experiences with lake of snow fall well snowboarding confirms this.


Comment:

      Lake of snow fall, caused by Global warming has brought many changes to winter activities. Without the usual amount of snow fall, things like glaciers tours, skiing and snowboarding are hard to do. Climate change is a great impact on tourism and money income on jobs and activities dependent on snow fall and weather. This hurts the economics surrounding snow activities because of the lack of jobs and participants. This point should be more advertized and talked about because everyone is effect by global warming and weather changes.  

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Morgan Webb

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks):"Phil Rudd, AC/DC Drummer, charged with trying to hire hit man.''

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

Essay Author: Allan Kozinn

Date of Publication: November 6, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Phil Rudd, the drummer in the Austrian band AC/DC, was arrested Thursday morning charged with trying to hire someone to commit murder, threatening murder and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Quote: According the band members, " Philis absence will not affect the release of our new album, "Rock or Bust", and its up coming tour next year. "


Comment:

The shocking news of Phil Rudd seems not to disturb the band, bring to question is actual need in the musical group.  This has been the second blow to the band since Malcolm Young one of the founders of the group was retiring.  The life of the band and how a tour will take place is in question. What support is holding this legendary band together, because its clearly not the members.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):"Marijuana Use Most Rampant in Australia, Study finds"

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

Essay Author:Matt Siegel

Date of Publication: Jan.6 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?)  A British magazine published the text, it was co-authored by a professor from northern Wales. The writer intended it to show drug usage and how it effects societies and life styles.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about the use of marijuana and narcotic and the effect and outcomes it has on the counties around the glob. The author portrays the idea that all drugs are negative.  He states the negative effects they have on counties such as Australia and New Zealand, he never mentions Britain in the statistics pulled to prove his argument, this shows his bi-est toward 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 article gives a feel of negativity toward Marijuana, giving one side of an argument. The writer brings in statistics and stereotypical to prove his opinion and points.

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 author uses various analogy's between different drugs.  He compares the different uses and amount of people using them each drug.  He uses rhetorical questions to state facts and irony to make connections to the readers.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)The text is an artificial. It is structurally aimed to have two sides on a single topic.  It shares facts and statistics proving points, in this case the author is a clear bias against the use of marijuana.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):"Phil Rudd, AC/DC Drummer, charged with trying to hire hit man.''

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

Essay Author:Allan Kozinn

Date of Publication:November 6, 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) A News reporter is writing the article, because Phil Rudd was famous. He is the focus of this article, telling of his arrest and how he tried to higher a assassin.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The author portrays Phil as a terrible person. The article makes him sound like a crazy person. The focus is how AC/DC will continue no problem without him.

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 author uses quotes and facts to layout his article.  He uses interview of the band members and magnify's what they say. The authors tone, is mostly neutral, however he only uses negative facts.  This makes the article sound like its in disgust of the arrest. 

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 author uses figurative speech to lay out his article. Explaining the lack of effect this arrest will have on the band. He also uses analogy to help readers relate to the article.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)The text is an article. Its structures to give facts and share the opinions of the band.  It shares quotes and statements from the band.

Letter to...

Mr. Key

6160 Wellington

New Zealand

Dear Mr. Key,

I am composing this letter in response to an article published in the New York Times, “New Zealand increases Incentive for Avatar Sequels.” My name is Morgan Webb and I'm a student at Cardinal Newman high school. In English we were assigned to write a letter to someone about an article we found interesting and controversial. In writing this I intend to reveal and expand upon facts absent and critical for a just decision on the filming and benefits of the production of Avatar.

Revealed as the primary and most important information in this article is the enormous amounts of benefits, predicted to occur in New Zealand during and after the Avatar Sequel. Some benefits include: job opportunities, growth in the economy from tourism and a grant given to the New Zealand government for ownership in the small films industry, providing taxpayers with a piece of the profit. The Avatar movie is expected to bring in loads of money similar to the $200 million made in the Lord of The Rings production.

However, conveniently absent from the articles content is the negative effect of tourism and the increase of people, which would be repercussion from the movie production. A prediction of mass tourism and increasing population, as well as activity in New Zealand, brings forth the concern of environmental capacity limitations. Overactive tourism brings: pollution, littering, and overrun sewer and waste systems. A mass “flood” of people will deposit in New Zealand where infrastructure was built for a less populated county. This will result in sudden and inflated architectural development and waste systems. Proving relevant to my argument is the underlying fact that this type of flash-flood tourism is not permanent and the exponential growth of wealth gained by it will immediately decrease upon completion of the movie, if not as fast as but faster then it rose. The effect this will have on New Zealand will be similar to the effect on Brazil from the World Cup or on Finland from the olympics years and years ago. Negative effects.

The production of Avatar in New Zealand poses to strengthen the county and economy. However, with numerous examples of similar cases in history going wrong or in the long run hurting the county, why feel so confident toward the outcome of this movie production, do you really want hollywood to control your income?

Sincerely,

Morgan Webb

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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I think it is very cool that New Zealand looks a lot like Nevada

2 years ago
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I think that the project that is presented in this Tackk is very interesting, I would love to look into the country more

2 years ago
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Looking more in depth with the articles and more in depth with the facts could help me learn more

2 years ago
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I like how you have a clear goal for this project, and hoe you want to snowboard the mountains there. It was interesting to read about AC/DC and how he was arrested.

2 years ago
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I thought your tackk was very interesting. I think its cool that you want to snowboard there and how AC/DC is from there. However I wish you could have gone more in depth about the global warming that is happening in New Zealand.

2 years ago
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I think it is very cool that New Zealand looks a lot like Nevada
a month ago
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I think that the project that is presented in this Tackk is very interesting, I would love to look into the country more
a month ago
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Looking more in depth with the articles and more in depth with the facts could help me learn more

2 years ago
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Have you ever been to New Zealand? Where's the best place to snowboard in New Zealand? What has New Zealand done to compensate with the weather problems?