Benefits of Reading and Writing?

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ABSTRACT

We all know that reading and writing skills are a really important part of our learning, we go to school to get these skills down. They're needed, but what are these benefits? Why is it so important to read and to write. What would happen if we didn't read? What would happen if we didn't write? Although the benefits of reading and writing may seem really obvious, they can change a person more than anyone can think. Reading and writing isn't only important for school and for educational skills, they are an important part of everyday health. They can be the medicine you never thought you would need.

INTRODUCTION

1. Are there really any benefits for reading and writing? Why is it so important and what changes or benefits can this cause in someone?

2. This analytical report will describe the benefits reading and writing has on people different ages and if this helps other aspects of life, not just educational activities.

3. The main point of this report is finding out the effects that reading and writing has on people mentally and physically.

4. As society has been becoming more advanced, there has been a huge decrease in reading and writing, many surveys were taken to see if this was going to be an impact in an individual.

5. This topic is important because it can help cope with serious health issues and can help with human development.

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RESULTS/FINDINGS

1. There were numerous benefits for reading. many skills are learned and deeper developed in order to create further achievement. Children, for example have many benefits. Diana Carolina, author of "Reading to Children" stated that "Benefits include fostering a child's interest in reading, helping their language and vocabulary development, and facilitating their learning of grammar and phrasing." This creates a better transition to the new learning environment they will soon be in. Reading also benefits a child's social life, as it helps understand human character. Researchers tested the impact a short story had on preschoolers, and in 2010 they discovered that the story made children take on the perspectives of others (UTNE Reader). Children who are not exposed to reading before school are considered as "disadvantage."


2. Reading isn't the only thing that can bring benefits, writing is also important in many ways. Everyone needs to express their feelings and writing is the way to do it. Writing can help anyone maintain a healthy lifestyle. According to Genevieve Slomski, author of "Journal Therapy" writing can cause psychological healing and personal growth. Many people keep their own journal entries or diaries where they can record their dreams, how their day was or just any memories that are wished to keep. This enhances creativity and helps cope with any stress. The author also stated that "Benefits include reconciling emotional conflicts, fostering self awareness, managing behavior, solving problems, reducing anxiety and increasing self esteem." Writing has more benefits to our health than anyone thought. Its important to increase the number of people reading and writing because it can improve anyone's health.

GRAPHS

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This graph shows the amount of reading high school students did in 2004 and the amount of reading college students did in 2006. As we can see in the graph, the number of hours that students read decreased. 39% of the college freshmen don't read at all, this is 18% more than the seniors in 2004.
Reading Can Change Your Brain!
In this video, Dr. Mike North talks about how reading can actually change your brain. He performed tests on students everyday after they had read 30 pages of the book and found out that their brain acted as they were a character in the story.

CONCLUSION

Reading and writing doesn't only deal with school. It benefits everyone in different ways. People should start having more time to read read freely when there is a chance. Read or write when you are having a bad day, it can help resolve any problem. It causes changes that can positively affect your health. With more people following these steps there will be an increase of health in every person, and a positive affect whether it is in school or socially.

REFERENCES



Ball, Carrie R. "Emergent Literacy." Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development. Ed. Sam Goldstein and Jack A. Naglieri. Vol. 2. New York: Springer, 2011. 565-566. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 5 Dec. 2015.


Ramos, Diana Carolina. "Reading to Children." Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide. Ed. James Ainsworth. Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Reference, 2013. 643-644. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 5 Dec. 2015.


Slomski, Genevieve. "Journal Therapy." The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Ed. Laurie J. Fundukian. 4th ed. Vol. 2. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2014. 1339-1341. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 5 Dec. 2015.