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: Victoria Woodworth

Period: 1st

Nation of your choice: New Zealand

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am curious to find out more about New Zealand because I would like to go there some day. I was thinking about going there after graduation and learning more about it could help me.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I know that it is close to Australia. There is many dangerous things, just less than Australia. I have read that New Zealand is one of the most high places ever, as in they smoke weed the most out of everywhere else.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): My Prediction, would be that I will decoder more about New Zealand, and its natural resources. Also all the things that I don't know about it now, witch is a lot.

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: Victoria Woodworth

Period: 1st

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: January 6, 2012

Essay main idea/thesis statement: A study published Friday in a British medical journal may have finally uncovered the secret behind Australia's lad-back lifestyle, and it turns out to be more than just sun and surf: The denizens Down Under, it turns out, consume more marijuana than any other people on the planet.

Quote: In Mr. Hall's opinion, "Just look at the way we take alcohol as an integral part of everyday life. I think a lot of young people see alcohol: as a drug just to use to have a good time."

Comment: I believe that this is true because the way young people use drugs is the same way most adults drink alcohol. In my experience people about the ages of 15-35 do many different types of drugs almost as much as adults ages about 45-65 drink alcohol. I know that they are doing such drugs to feel happy and relaxed. Yet for some of them mostly the adults with the alcohol cause trouble.  I like this quote because its states the truth and it shows that Mr. Hall's opinion shows the truth.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Victoria Woodworth

Period: 1st

Title of article (in quotation marks): New Zealand: All Plunge to Safety as Skydiving Plane's Engine Quits

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

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: January 7, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: There were 13 people aboard a New Zealand Skydiving plane whose engine apparently failed Wednesday managed to leap out in parachutes moments before the plane plunged into the lake.

Quote: Mr. Clements believes that "The plane just made a big bang, and then it stopped."

Comment: I believe that this is an important situation because there were 13 lives at stake. Yet everyone come out of it safely and the pilot made sure that everyone went out safely. Also that's pretty cool because he even made it out safely too. Most people when there the captain or pilot go out first because they don't want to die but the pilot cared about the people first.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "New Zealand: All Plunge to Safety as Skydiving Plane Engine Quits"

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

Essay Author: The ASSOCIATED PRESS

Date of Publication: January 7, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The Associated press wrote this article for everyone to read. That way they know what is news worthy in New Zealand.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) Its about all 13 people aboard a New Zealand skydiving plane whose engine apparently failed Wednesday managed to leap out in Parachutes moments before the plane plunged into a lake.

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 kinda sounds upset how something like this can happen, yelp kinda relived that everyone is safe. Its making this reader "in the know". Its showing the readers that not all captains have to die with there ship, he made sure that everyone was off then he jumped.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) For part of it I feel they use sarcasm because of how they feel. people handle grief differently so I feel that they were really just upset.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) It's an informative text letting everyone know what is new in New Zealand.

#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
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The percentage of marijuana used in New Zealand is more than any other people on the planet. This really explains the lazy like style of the country. The effect of drugs is really emphasized by this article.

2 years ago
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New Zealand seems to be a very interesting country, I would love to look more into the marijuana use. #NewZealand

2 years ago
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I found the marijuana fact interesting. It was kind of funny, and that study would explain why their stereotype is laid back. Good job!

2 years ago
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At first I thought that the U.S. would have the highest percentage of marijuana usage. I was a little surprised to find out about New Zealand's drug us

2 years ago
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2 years ago
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It was quite interesting to know that new Zealand is the highest to smoke weed. I'll bet that if people from New Zealand keeps smoking weed than the more dangerous New Zealand will soon get. Good job on your tackk page 😄