MBA – Article on Reading

We’re still working on prose fiction, but as a quick reminder behind ‘why we red’, I’d like to read your views. Supported by the views of others, but bringing your own experience to give your article authenticity and empathy, join together different viewpoints to write a thought-provoking article of 400 words.
C – developed ideas sequenced and joined with connectives
B – a variety of ways (sentence types and vocabulary) to express your opinions
A – interesting perspectives communicated in fresh ways

You are welcome to post your articles in the ‘comments’ box (don’t use your full name, just your first name). Or email me. Or give me the work on Tuesday!


7 thoughts on “MBA – Article on Reading

  1. Jonah

    In this essay I will be comparing reasons why children should or should not read books.

    Many teachers will argue that reading is a fun and creative way to occupy yourself in a constructive and educational fashion. For example, instead of using social networks for most of their spare time (This could be three or four hours a day in most cases) where at the end of all the time in your life you have put into social networks you have gained little. But, if an average child spent all of their time reading they are effectively getting an extreme advantage academically over everyone else. Reading has been linked with intelligence so would be a strong augment to read and read now, to ensure better grades in exams.

    But, not socializing can have very negative side effects. If, a child were to spend all of their time reading they would become very antisocial. Because they would have no social skills they would be scared to talk to anyone. Instead of letting negative emotions out they may try to escape the real world in a book. Thus making them more antisocial and unhappy.

    However, in some cases escapism can be a great way of forgetting problems. This can be especially good in an extreme situations. Books would be better than films or other media as they take a long time to finish and are free if you have a local library. They also have more parts that you could empathise with as you can recognise deeper meanings easier with books than films.

    But, this can make you disappointed about real life if you spend too much time reading. If you read about people falling in love and being happy ever after then you could expect yourself to find the same happiness in your own life. When, in fact, real life has negatives too. So if books teach children that there is only happiness then they won’t be prepared for the negative side.

    In conclusion reading has good and bad effects. It offers an enjoyable way to pass time while also becoming more intelligent, and can let you escape into a different world when the real one isn’t great. But, I can lead to children being antisocial and shy, and also can paint a false image of what the world is actually like. I think, children should try to split the time between reading and free time so they can be social but also gain intelligence.

    1. tyler urch

      WWW: You have very clearly looked at both sides of reading and went deep into the lifes of people who read and the disadvantages and advantages they live with.
      EBI: Try explaining the different effects of Non-fiction and fiction books and the difference between them.

      Great work! 😀

  2. Bronwyn

    Why should we read?

    Reading improves our knowledge both academically and through our understanding of the world. Reading presents a stimulation of real world problems. This gives you an advantage for when you grow older, as you feel like you have some experience towards the situation. Both fiction and non-fictional books provide advice as well as thoughts and opinions of other people. Therefore giving you an understanding of others and making you more open minded, this benefits everybody.
    Academically, reading has been proven to enhance our learning by improving our attention span, our memory, and vocabulary- therefore giving you an extreme advantage academically. Ensuring better grades. Also, if you read educational books in particular (for example; a maths textbook)then you are likely to expand your knowledge in maths as well as English.
    However, some may argue reading can cause emotional stress. When you are reading and say, a main character dies, in the build up you are unwillingly becoming attached, therefore leading to mild depression or tears when they die. This is quickly forgotten, but nevertheless- emotional strain is released.
    Equally, reading can be good for your mental health as it reduces stress. Several people refer to it as a ‘therapeutic tool’ Reading has been proven to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It can be done in your spare time, and you can read it anywhere, so why wouldn’t you?
    A way in which it reduces stress is through escapism. If you are unhappy; bored; lonely; stressed; or unsure of something, you could read a book and you would instantly start to feel better. Books create a magical world, an improved version of this one, and who doesn’t want that?
    Thurvermore, reading can enhance our imaginations. As children, you can build dreams and aspirations; you can develope your own opinions, goals- structure who you are. Find out, what in the world is possible. The more you know, the more you can do. Reading dramatically helps this.
    Consequently, you could find yourself being unsociable (which is a huge problem in modern day). Reading, although great, is extremely addictive. So you must make sure you have done everything you need to do before you sit down and read a book. On the other hand, it is an alternative to spending all day on the internet.That is not only more expensive, but proven to disturb your sleep, which, again, effects your learning the next day. On top of that, there are billions of books, all tailored to different genres so that everybody can enjoy reading. So there is no excuse not to read.

    In conclusion reading can be an enjoyable, healthy, safe hobby to do. Why would you not read, is a question to be asked. It improves our health, relaxes you, passes time really quickly, and anyone can do it anywhere. Our minds are shaped, above all, by words and so nothing can reach our mins in the same way as a book. However you must be careful as reading can be addictive, but also be prepared for laughter, tears and other emotions.

  3. katie s

    Why should children read?

    This is a question most kids, and some adults, ask.
    Reading gives a child huge advantages over a child that does not read. Books can give us company, teach us new things, and make our emotions run. A book could be a best friend, a companion, an escape.
    Many children read to escape their real lives, the fears of everyday living, the unfortunate life that they have been dealt. Reading can provide a child with an alternate world to escape to and live inside. The characters in the book can be like siblings, parents, best friends, or lovers. The power of a book is unimaginable until you have read it, until you have lived the life that lies in between those fresh white pages.
    Books can give a child social skills, the skills that we use, day in, day out. A book can teach a child how to act around others, it can teach a child manners, and it can teach how to understand what others may be feeling. This is a major part of our lives, if we can empathise with someone they are more likely to want to empathise with you, and that can be a huge comfort to older children/young adults.
    Books can, however be very time consuming and some children can struggle with it. Dyslexia, dyspraxia etc. are major problems that can send a child’s confidence levels right down. For children with these problems reading can be a scary prospect, one in which they do not have much experience. Although, if a child with one of these problems has a friend, parent, or sibling that can read, they can be read to or read with them. This problem can also be addressed with professional help, these conditions do not have to stop a child from reading. Here is another reason why children should read.
    If a child wants to grow up, have children, and live a happy life, they have to know how to read. Say you have a child, 5 years old, and they ask you to read with them. How are you going to explain to them that mummy and daddy can’t read, that they can’t tell the story of Postman Pat, or, Where The Wild Things Are. Reading is a major part of a young child’s life, Cinderella and Snow White along with Powerangers comics etc. are all things that young children are interested in, they want to know all the stories and fairy tales behind the movies.
    Therefore, I think that, although reading may be hard and tiring for some kids, it is a part of life that a person can’t do without.

  4. Saul :)

    “Fewer children across the UK are reading in their own time and one in five is embarrassed to be caught with a book.”

    Although at first it may not seem it, reading is very important, especially to children and young people. It develops vital languages skills, improves creativity and gives people different views to the world that they live in. In the day and age we live in, children are always going to see computers “cooler” than books. While children do gain vital literacy skills from reading from other sources like comics, newspapers, magazines and games, reading a book teaches concentration and builds a child’s imagination like no other format.
    In this article I will be explaining why children should read and the importance in life that knowing how to read becomes.
    Firstly there is a very big link between whether a child likes to read and there reading age, there is also a link between reading age and GSCE results. Research by Renaissance Learning, involving over 24,500 Year 10 and 11 pupils across the UK. Found their actual reading ages were on average at least five years below their actual age. This means that they cannot comprehend the GCSE exam questions properly and in turn get lower results.
    Another big reason for a child to read is that it gives them essential knowledge and understanding of people and the world in which we live, from different cultures and religions to different views and beliefs.
    Reading also helps people to relax and offer a great escape, in the busy world we live it is nice to be able to escape to a different world when reading a book, people may argue that music also helps people to “escape” while it does, it doesn’t to the extent a book does.
    Another reason why children should read is that it gives them an opportunity to experience something in their imaginations before it happens to them in real life. Books help children prepare for adult life, they put them in tough situations and matures them for later life. They answer questions a child might have and they also create questions.

  5. Frieder

    Why should especially younger people read?

    This is one of those questions you got asked a lot in your time in school.
    You get some arguments like you get more basic knowledge or you get more intelligent when you read books. But if your fair at the end of the day you still do not want to read books or other stuff. In this short article i want to give you some better arguments that maybe get you into reading.
    I talekd about the school and a lot of us are stressed when they come home. We are tired, want to sleep and dont want to do our homework.
    Well books cant help you when you are tired but rather than get in front of your tv and playing video games you could just have a funny, exciting or dramatical book which is fun aswell.
    When you loose yourself in a great book you like and enjoy you can get rid of the stress you had at the day or the week.
    And whilst youre having fun reading a book you will get better at reading and improve your language. You get used to phrases you wont use in your life which can be helpful later.
    Everything you read will stick into your head and maybe can be quite useful in a feq situations.
    When you read you improve your memory and therefore can leanrn a lot more and faster.
    This can aswell help you in school or later in your job as you might have thought.
    It lets you improve your focus and concentration in school and your life which will as well help you later in your job.
    There are a lot of more arguments i could give but those are not having an effect on you at the moment. As example if you read you decrease the risk of getting Alzheimer which is a horrible disease which lets you forget things and if its getting on you forget yourself. You might not think about that yet and i dont say everyone who dont reads is getting alzheimer later but it is an not unimportant point.
    Well i hoped i could get you into reading and maybe youll have a look into your local library or the books you got at home.


  6. solomon

    Why kids should read
    we should read because
    Reading develops a child’s imagination.
    This is because when we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. When we’re engaged in a story, we’re also imagining how the characters are feeling. We use our own experiences to imagine how we would feel in the same situation.

    Children who read do better at school.
    And they don’t just do better at subjects like reading, English and history. They do better at all subjects and they do better all the way through school.

    Why they should not read
    They should not read because they might Read a horror book that decreases ther confindence
    There are many ghost storys such as black ward
    If a child can read he could read this if he or her did read this
    It could lead to depression and over things
    Also it could be to much preasure pon a child to finish the book and make his over subjects in school drop

    different religious will have different views
    some may only let them read certain books and some may let them read any


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