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Anyone here ever read "Julie of the Wolves" or "A Light in the Attic"? - May 14th 2009, 06:05 AM

For my English project, we have to argue whether or not to ban certain books. The catch is, Part 2 (what I am doing now) requires you to argue the opposite position you supported in Part 1 (an essay I already finished). In Part 1 I was in favor of banning the books, which means now I have to save the books from being banned.

We have to show this argument using 3 components:
a) 30-second radio announcement (audio only)
b) 30-45 second TV commercial (audio and visual only)
c) Roadside billboard with a maximum of 15 words

^ And that seems kind of impossible. I feel there are too many restrictions to send an effective message to the viewer, but that is part of the challenge. In reality I don't want the books to be banned, only because it is my opinion. I had an idea to not ban the books since banning them would only arouse curiosity in children and incite them to read the books. Seems kind of simple, but how would I portray that in the media listed above? If that idea doesn't work, I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.
   
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Re: Anyone here ever read "Julie of the Wolves" or "A Light in the Attic"? - May 14th 2009, 07:52 AM

You could do something like a child reading and then parents taking away the book and forcing them NOT to read, and you could then put them in front of a tv or something. basically saying that its ridiculous to keep kids from reading books when we're letting them watch television which is terribly unproductive.
   
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Re: Anyone here ever read "Julie of the Wolves" or "A Light in the Attic"? - May 14th 2009, 08:37 AM

I'm pretty sure I've read Julie of the Wolves, like ages ago. :P


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Re: Anyone here ever read "Julie of the Wolves" or "A Light in the Attic"? - May 15th 2009, 07:56 PM

Oh yeah I see where you're going with that book/tv idea. I was going to say the ideas had to be from the books themselves, but today my teacher mentioned as long as you use the book's theme to show your support, it is fine.

Hey Sylvie, do you have any ideas on how to show support for JotW? Now the question is finding a way to utilize the book's theme to prevent it from being banned.
   
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Re: Anyone here ever read "Julie of the Wolves" or "A Light in the Attic"? - May 15th 2009, 09:36 PM

Hmm...for the third component, the roadside billboard, keep in mind that images can be more powerful than words. Think about using a graphic imaging program [Photoshop, Gimp, etc] to combine images, to effectively get your message across. If you do it this way, the word limit won't matter as much because you won't have to rely as much on the words.

For the TV commercial, try thinking of it as a campaign commercial - for a political office or something. You're campaigning, in a way, to show you're opinion.

I've never read Julie of the Wolves but with Light in the Attic, since it's a collection of poetry, try bringing out some of the more powerful or possibly controversial poems from the book to use for your theme?



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Re: Anyone here ever read "Julie of the Wolves" or "A Light in the Attic"? - May 19th 2009, 06:58 PM

Mhm the controversial poems have more attention grabbing power in them.

I can recall some really effective commercials from memory. Do you think my commercial will not stand out as much because the idea has been used before, or is the idea just a really good generic format to use?
   
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