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【议论文】2013“模拟赛场”第一期获奖作文③

议论文写作Argumentative Writing)(10分)

  Read the following two paragraphs with contradicting views, and write a passage on the issue. You should clearly state your opinion and explain the reasons for your opinion. You should write about 500 words.

 

Tablets are the ideal system of organization in schools. They are convenient, in which much information is stored in small sizes and kept together in one place, and cheap, as digital information is now becoming more affordable than print. As evolution continues to rock the modern world, digital devices will become more and more reliable. Someday, they will entirely replace print books, and hopefully, that day will come soon.

Many may argue that tablets are much more convenient than paper books. But not everyone shares this preference of tablets or finds them convenient. In fact, in a study conducted by Book Industry Study Group (BISG), it was found that 75% of college students preferred traditional textbooks in which they can highlight the key words and write notes. Also, some may suggest that it is cheaper to invest in tablets than textbooks. In fact, in a 2008 study of public schools in Kentucky it was estimated that the cost of textbooks and supplies totaled around $44 million. The cost per school was around $988 for textbooks and supplies. That is roughly the cost of only two tablets. To provide tablets to all the students in a school would be an enormous sum. Therefore, we may conclude that while tablets have their purposes, they should not replace the printed books used in schools.

 

杨柳韩青

Printed Book or E-book, Which Is to Succeed?

         Since the beginning of human history, printed books have accompanied us for quite a long time. They have been used to pass on culture, knowledge and history from one generation to the next, and they have never been denied of their functions. In recent years, however, with the rapid development of e-books, many people voice that printed books are no longer useful, thus should be replaced by e-books. On the contrary, I hold the view that printed books should never be replaced. The reasons are as follows.

         As printed books have played a glorious throughout history, they are mostly known as textbooks, on which there are printed articles, formulas for students to learn. Some of printed books are heavy, and not easy to carry, though, they are convenient for students to take notes and easy for them to review at any time when they open the book. But learners with e-books are impossible to write down notes on pages, so they may need extra notebooks during classes. What's more, there are already many versions of every kind of printed books, from which people can choose the one best suits their need, while only one version is accessible online for most of the time, and if readers want another version, they will be charged for extra fees, which, sometimes, even higher than a printed one.

         Some people argue that printed books are a waste of trees and e-books are environmental-friendly. I don't agree. I believe that one won't throw a book away after reading it, instead, most people choose to put it off the bookshelf and refer to it when necessary. In fact, it's a tradition to keep as many books at home as possible in a traditional Chinese family, because it shows that the family members are knowledgeable and intelligent and earns them respect from neighbors. Yet, I've also seen that in modern groups, especially among college students, second-hand books are in. Many students sell used printed books at very low prices, both maximizing the use of the book and realizing the mutual benefit of sellers and buyers.

         Printed books, frankly speaking, are much cheaper compared to the money one has to pay for electronic devices in order to use e-books. For example, high quality products are expensive, which can be a burden to ordinary families. But once poor quality ones are broken, books will all disappear at once and they need requirements frequently, which, also means a large sum of money. In addition, with e-books, one will take much time to upload new systems and update new procedures so that the device can function properly and keep pace with the world.

        Although e-books are becoming more and more popular, other problems like eyesight protection remain to be solved. Therefore, in this era of rapid development of science and technology, printed books, having survived for thousands of years, will continue to play an important part and succeed in the end."