TV Is Not Good For Children Debate

Debates and persuasive writing are important because they enable you to develop skills that can help you make the right choices to live a happy life.

This week English Teacher Online joins in the, TV is not good for children debate and encourages students to think about both sides of the argument.

A debate is a serious discussion of a subject in which many people take part.

Persuasive writing is defined as presenting reasons and examples to influence action or thought. The writer states an opinion clearly and supplies reasons or specific examples that support each opinion.

How To Prepare For A Debate

Choose your side – either for or against. If you agree that TV is bad for children, then you are ‘for’ – if you disagree then you are ‘against’ the motion.

In your teams, make a list of your main points for or against.

Choose 2 or 3 people to work on each point and brainstorm how you are going to present it.

Prepare a short speech giving one concrete argument to help your team win the debate.

Consider counter arguments – what and how others will try to argue back against your speech!

Rejoin your group and compare what you have written. Choose the best parts and make the argument complete.

Come back to the team and discuss your main points. Rank your arguments so you can win the debate.

Remember that many hands make light work, but too many chefs spoil the broth. Make sure you have a leader or voting system that can sort out any team disputes.

Search online to find some more ideas to fuel your TV is not good for children argument here.

Persuasive writing can and should consider both sides of an argument. Try to discuss each point in order and don’t get too distracted by other points.

In the conclusion you can agree, disagree or decide that both sides have merit. Never be afraid to be your own person!

Please share some of your best arguments or questions in the comment section.

Introduction to Media

What is media and how do we use it?

Why must you be careful of the media?

How can media work best for you?

So many questions to start your introduction to media week with English Teacher Online.

You probably already know what the media is and how to use it. So we’ll discuss in class why you need to question media messages and learn how to use it in a safe way.

What is Media?

Media is a way of communicating – such as radio, television, newspapers and magazines. Media has a wide reach and influence on its audience.

There are 2 groups, Print Media and Broadcast Media. Both can influence the way we think because of the messages contained in them.

Print Media

Print media is the oldest form of media. Print means ‘all forms of printed information’ such as magazines, newspapers, books and brochures. These publications often contain adverts trying to sell us something.

Broadcast Media

Broadcast is a modern, quicker form of media. Broadcast media includes television, radio and the internet. You’ve probably heard of social media too, such as Facebook and Line. Broadcast media also use adverts with messages that try to persuade us to buy things or to think in a certain way.

Trust

Broadcast media often use your favourite pop songs to try and sell products. Songs are important because the singers usually have a message they want to share with their audience. When we connect with the message, trust is formed. It’s important to trust the people you buy things from, including information!

During introduction to media week, we’ll study some of your favourite English pop songs and to discover what messages your idols are trying to communicate. Please get your thinking caps on and leave a comment suggesting your favourite English song below.

We’ll start by studying ‘Roar’ by Katie Perry. She has a powerful message that she wants to share with you. Can you understand what she is trying to say?

Roar (by Katy Perry)

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake your ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh (x3)
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

What message do you think Katy is trying to share with you? Please write your answers in the comment section, and remember to speak up in class!

Now try creating your own media campaign!