terça-feira, 10 de agosto de 2010



Video and television are responsible for the declining interest in reading among the young. While they may be harmless in themselves, they do nothing to build up reading skills. If some of the hours children spend watching television were devoted to reading the population would be better educated. Watching a story is a totally passive pastime. Someone else has made the decisions about everything in the story. Reading a story is an active partnership between writer and reader. Ideas are sketched and the mind of the reader creates the rest .Watching something is easier. The problem is that many children read very slowly. They decode a page or two in a class and about the same again for homework. It is hardly surprising that such children then declare that they find reading boring and prefer to watch television. They need to be able to read fast enough to feed the mind’s hunger for a story. That means practice. Only by reading daily will a child become a strong and independent reader. Parents need to be convinced of preventing their children from wasting their hours on inert viewing. Without the television, the child is likely to turn to books for entertainment.

1-Answer the following questions on the text.

What is the writer’s main objection to video and TV?
Why is watching a story easier than reading it?
How can children be good readers?
The writer believes that visual images, such as watching television spoil the
imagination. Do you agree? Why?
B) Choose the correct answer:-
The underlined pronoun "they" refers to -----.
a) the young
b) video & television
c) children
d) reading skills

The writer says that the population would be better educated if the children-----
a) do their homework
b) watch TV
c) read much
d) read slowly


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