Mexico A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By Chandler Verity

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Chandler Verity

Period: 2nd

Nation of your choice: Mexico

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am interested in Mexico because, I hear about the country all of the time but I never hear about the details. I constantly hear about the drug problems. Another thing that i am always hearing about is the constant immigrant migration into the US. About a year a go i was watching a show on tv about immigrants crossing the boarder illegely in to the United States. It made me eger to learn more about the process and I have never gotten around to looking into it.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I know only a minimal amount on Mexico but I plan to learn much more by doing this project. I am aware that Mexico has a lot of problems with drugs and drug trafficing. They also have a weak government, to my knowleldge. Jobs are also a constant conflict for the residents that ive there. The fact that there isnt that many great paying jobs in mexico is causing mexican immigrants to migrate in to the United States, which is becoming a problem in the United States.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): Doing my reaseach I hope to fine answers to why there government is weak, and why they have drug problems, and why a lot of the country in in poverity. I beleve that these answers wont be too hard to locate because there is so much information on Mexico. With bigger problems, the bigger amounts of information i will be able to collect, and Mexico has a lot of big problems.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): This country has some importance to me because My family wpuld always take vacations to certian parts of Mexico, and we have a lot of good and fun memories there. This country has an impact on many countrys as other countys have an impact on them as well. They have resources that we physcially cant have and we have resources that they cant physcially cant have.

New York Times Topics: Mexico

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Chandler Verity

Period: 2nd

Title of article (in quotation marks):"Capture of a drug lord is a small win in mexico"

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

Essay Author: Elisabeth Malkin

Date of Publication: February 27, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: "The Mexican police captured the leader of the Knights Templar drug gang on Friday, a victory against the brutal group but one that experts say will make little difference in the larger battle against criminal organizations that are rapidly splintering."

Quote:said Alejandro Hope, an independent security analyst here, states that, “Capturing kingpins has become less and less important, because what you’re seeing in the criminal underworld is a transition” from large cartels that focus on drug trafficking “to an array of mostly local and regional gangs that are much more diversified in their revenues and more predatory in their activities.”


Comment: I think Alejandro is mistaken because he over looks the fact that all of the small things build up to make big things. By focusing on taking down more and more small drug gangs and leaders, The DEA can gather more and more information such as, their contracts and factories of the drugs. In a baseball you don't need a couple of big hits to win a game, one because that was way more difficult, and two, a bunch of small hits would be more effective and you would be able to score more runs and win the game. The baseball analogy describes that by taking down a large quantity of small drug lords is better than taking down a small quantity of bigger drug lords.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Chandler Verity r u kidding me

Period: 2nd

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#3 The Big 5

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1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?)Randal C. Archibold wrote the article. This article was written to feel sympathy for the less fortunate people

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)the text is explaining the tough times for the people of a small city. The authors message is trying to get outsiders to feel sympathy and help the city out.

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 uses a depressed tone to emphasize his points his tone makes the reader feel worried and sad for the citizens of the city

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 used a a lot of examples to describe what the city has come to, he starts the article off by saying," the mans eyes rolled back in ecstasy, or relief. Which one was hard to tell as the drug did its work and he was in no condition to chat."

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) it is an article from the new York Times, explaining the problems of a small city in mexico trying to recoup after a tragedy.

#4 The Big 5

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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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