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1. If you are a teenager, what kind of thing do you enjoy reading most? 2. Make a short list of five before you read the article below. 3. If you are not a teenager, guess the kind of things they like reading!
Look at the following lists (which are not in the right order!). One is the top ten favourites of young British teenagers; the other is the kind of thing they hate reading most. Which do you think is which? Facebook The Beano Magazine articles about skinny celebrities Music (scores) / the Harry Potter series / maps/directions Shakespeare Encyclopedias and dictionaries Financial Times / anything in another language Books of over 100 pages Books assigned by school/teachers Homework Books by Anthony Horowitz Film scripts My own blog or fan fiction Bliss magazine / online song lyrics Online computer game cheats The Harry Potter series BBC Online / the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Rennison Anne Frank’s diary Heat magazine The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by CS Lewis
Well, the second list shows the top ten favourites. Which order do you think they came in? Now read the text and see if you were right.
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a ‘national conversation about reading’ was launched. 27/03/08 7 Predictably. Fed Up: Exploring Teenage Reading Habits in the UK Today. 2008 1 It may not make all parents leap for joy but a report published today shows the favourite reading material of young teenagers is Heat magazine. They are followed by reading computer game cheats advice online. It seems not all adults are comfortable with this shift and are often discouraging teens from taking advantage of this new reading landscape. Girls took a different approach. although the report shows a big rise in online reading. Harry Potter is also number eight in the most loathed reading material top ten. From this. Celebrity scandal and Anne Frank: the reading diary of British teenagers Shakespeare and homework lose out as Internet competes with books and magazines for attention of young readers Mark Brown. Parents should realize reading is not just about books. Jim Knight. arts correspondent March 27.” 8 Evidence that the Facebook phenomenon may be over is perhaps reflected by it being the ninth most hated read. and then reading your own blog or fan fiction. with teenagers logging on to the teen website Pizco to have their say. diary at number six. “Young people are web natives – exposed to a wider variety of reading material than any previous generation through the explosion of digital media. Parents may be more pleased to note that Anne Frank’s diary. at number five. with 39% saying they loved reading because it provided an escape. Wilson-Fletcher said: “One of the fundamental problems we’ve got is that we end up being pejorative about certain kinds of reading.” young people have the opportunity to read widely. Among boys. It is © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2008 NEWS LESSONS / Celebrity scandal and Anne Frank / Advanced N T O FR BE C O DO O M W P W N IA EB LO B SI A L TE DE E D • CA •P H O . It is wonderful that 80% of the teenagers surveyed write their own stories and keep up-to-date with current affairs by using sites like BBC Online. books of over 100 pages and stories about skinny celebrities in magazines – although the cover and pages six to 12 of this week’s favourite read Heat are devoted to the subject. Nearly a third of boys said they loved reading because it helped them get better at hobbies. Reading. Anthony Horowitz novels at eight. said she was more interested in the shape of the list than the rankings. the Witch and the Wardrobe are also in the top ten. or quiet time to enjoy on their own. 12 Also revealed is a gender divide. which comes joint second with reading song lyrics online. 41% 5 Other books on the favourites list are Anne Frank’s 6 Honor Wilson-Fletcher. 3 The first books in the list are the Harry Potter series 11 The schools minister.” 9 It also reveals that 45% of young teenagers have 2 The celebrity gossip and news magazine comes top 10 She said the amount of online reading should be celebrated.340 teenagers were surveyed. Proving what a contrary lot teenagers are. © Guardian News & Media 2008 First published in The Guardian. the most loathed read is homework. the CS Lewis classic at number nine and books by Louise Rennison – author of the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series – in joint tenth place with BBC Online. which Gordon Brown launched in January.” listed online computer game cheats as their favourite read. I read everything from Jane Austen to Grazia magazine and if you asked adults the same question we’ve asked teenagers you wouldn’t expect James Joyce and Dostoevsky to be there. which was commissioned by organizers of the National Year of Reading. “I think the diversity of the list is really encouraging. director of the National Year of 13 The survey was compiled by using focus groups from which the 20 most loved and 20 most loathed reads were assembled. said: “It is vital that 4 The results are contained in a report called Read Up. while online song lyrics came second. followed by teenage girls’ magazine Bliss.Celebrity scandal and Anne Frank Level 3 Advanced followed by Shakespeare. been told off by parents for reading something considered improper. books by Anthony Horowitz and CS Lewis’ The Lion. A total of 1. when 11 to 14-year-olds are asked to name their favourite read.
6. ______________________: jump (1) 2. ______________________: order in which they are placed (6) 5. 2. 3. Financial Times / anything in another language The lists in full: Most loved reads 1. 7. ______________________: very thin (7) 7. 2. 2. © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2008 NEWS LESSONS / Celebrity scandal and Anne Frank / Advanced N T O FR BE C O DO O M W P W N IA EB LO B SI A L TE DE E D • CA •P H O . 6. ______________________: unsuitable (9) 9. Heat magazine Bliss magazine / online song lyrics Online computer game cheats My own blog or fan fiction The Harry Potter series Anne Frank’s diary Film scripts Books by Anthony Horowitz The Lion. ______________________: surprising thing that happens (8) 8. ______________________: move. The teenagers questioned prefer books to magazines. 8. ______________________: hated (3) 4. The paragraph numbers are given to help you. the Witch and the Wardrobe. Homework Shakespeare Books of over 100 pages Magazine articles about skinny celebrities Books set by school/teachers Encyclopedias and dictionaries The Beano Music (scores) / the Harry Potter series / maps/directions 9.Celebrity scandal and Anne Frank Level 3 Advanced Most loathed reads 1. Honor Wilson-Fletcher is not surprised by the results. 5. The survey was conducted online. say why. 8. 7. Harry Potter books are both loved and hated. Boys and girls read for the same reasons. Jim Knight is discouraged by the results. 1. change (10) 5 General understanding Are the following statements True (T) or False (F)? If they are false. 1. 8. 7. 5. 9. 3. Facebook 10. 4. 4. 5. ______________________: variety (6) 6. by CS Lewis 10. BBC Online / the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Rennison 4 Vocabulary development 1: Word search Find words in the text that mean the following. 6. ______________________: very critical (9) 10. 3. She thinks reading something is better than reading nothing. ______________________: inconsistent and difficult to please (3) 3. The writer thinks most parents would approve of the writer CS Lewis. 4.
second g. gender 9. ____________________: things you can read i. ____________________: stories made up about popular stars e. ____________________: the words of songs g. fiction c. What do you think explains the situation? 4. joint 3. What would you do to change the situation? © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2008 NEWS LESSONS / Celebrity scandal and Anne Frank / Advanced CA O N T O FR BE C O DO O M W P W N IA EB LO B SI A L TE DE E D • •P H . ____________________: the big difference between boys and girls f. reading 2. Match the words on the left with their collocations on the right. computer 5. fan 7. divide f.Celebrity scandal and Anne Frank Level 3 Advanced 6 Collocations A Some words are often found together. lyrics i. problems b. material 6. 1. different 10. ____________________: shared second place h. fundamental 7 Collocations B Now match nine of the collocations with their meaning. ____________________: important things that are happening now c. ____________________: basic difficulties d. How much does it matter what young people read? 5. Why? 6. Do the results of the survey surprise you? 2. How similar is the situation in your country? 3. affairs j. ____________________: another attitude 8 Discussion 1. focus a. approach e. current 8. ____________________: several people brought together to find out their opinions b. song 4. game d. groups h. a.
True False. shift 1. contrary 3. g Advanced 5 General understanding 1. False. loathed 4. b. diversity 6. 5. True True True False. 4. including BBC online 7. i. focus groups current affairs fundamental problems fan fiction gender divide song lyrics joint second reading material different approach © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2008 NEWS LESSONS / Celebrity scandal and Anne Frank / Advanced CA O N T O FR BE C O DO O M W P W N IA EB LO B SI A L TE DE E D • •P H . he’s glad that they read widely. see paragraph 12 8. c. d 10. leap 2. c 5. i 8. f. h 4. f 3. 6. e. books don’t appear until number four. h. skinny 7. e 9. g.Celebrity scandal and Anne Frank Level 3 KEY 4 Vocabulary development 1: Word search 6 Collocations A 1. True 7 Collocations B a. j 2. phenomenon 8. 3. 2. d. pejorative 10. improper 9. ranking 5. a 7. b 6.
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