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Reading an informative text

Today you will use the knowledge you have gained about Information Report text features and structure to help you read and answer questions in a text titled ‘Fashion Rules’.

(Source: http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/S5854/index.html)

Fashion rules!

Teenage boy wearing casual clothes Three female fashion models

Australian children think that fashion is important. And it’s not just the teenagers. Children as young as five now like wearing the latest styles. However, research shows that this is costing parents a lot of money.

In 2011, Australian parents spent an average of $550 on clothing for each child under the age of 12. This was an increase of 25% from 2010. Most of the increase has been caused by the purchase of trendy clothing, which is often more expensive. Sally Hayes is the manager of a large chain of Australian department stores. She says, ‘Children, especially girls, are no longer interested in wearing boring clothing. They like dressing in styles that are worn by pop stars and other celebrities. If they see something in a magazine or on the internet, they want to be able to buy it the next day. We supply what they want’. Recent favourites are short skirts, torn fabrics and high heels.

Boys are also keen to look the part. Boys prefer coloured jeans and t-shirts that are worn under open shirts. Adelaide mother Angela Jackson says, ‘My 10-year-old son is a keen skateboarder who wants to look like his skating heroes on television. As long as the clothing is comfortable, I am happy to buy it for him’.

Children’s health expert Dr Paul Telford worries about the amount of money that families are spending on their children’s clothes. ‘Many families are struggling to make ends meet,’ he says. ‘Parents tell me that they buy trendy clothes for their children because they want them to fit in with other kids. I think it would be better if children wore sensible clothes that did not cost too much. This would mean that families could spend their money on things that are more important, such as books and holidays together.’

Two of Australia’s biggest department stores predict that by 2016, families will be spending over a billion dollars every year on children’s clothing. The increase will be the result of more advertising on television and the internet that encourages kids to follow the latest fashions.

Read ‘Fashion rules’ then answer the questions in full sentences and with detailed answers.

  1. What does the text suggest about fashion?
  2. What does it say about boys? Girls?
  3. Angela Jackson says, ‘As long as the clothing is comfortable, I am happy to buy it for him.’ What does this suggests? Can you work out her attitude in what she says?
  4. Write 2 facts and 2 opinions from this text.
  5. Look for the reasons that Dr Telford gives for his opinion about kids’ fashions. What do you think are the words that best describe him?
  6. What is the importance of mathematics in this report?

 

8 thoughts on “Reading an informative text

  1. Dear Miss Scarrott
    1- It’s too expensive and maybe in a few years’ time, they won’t like it or it doesn’t fit at all.
    2- That they are spending money on the latest fashionable clothes.
    3- That she wants her son to be happy and her attitude is not angry.
    4- The facts are that children below 12 are spending on clothes that are really expensive. They want to buy expensive clothes to fit in a group. The opinions are when Angela Jackson said her opinion about her son’s clothing and what she buys. The boys’ like coloured jeans and t-shirts.
    5- He’s a man that cares about families’ and he doesn’t want children to wear expensive clothes.
    6- How the parents spend their money on expensive clothes every year.
    From Bruke and GaeSoe

  2. Dear Miss Scarrott,

    1. The text suggests that since trendy fashion is spreading even children under 12 are getting influenced by it and that fashionable clothes are now more expensive than before. It also gives a message (?) about you can use the money you used for these clothes for something that you can use for families.

    2. It says that whatever they see on tv, magazines or the internet makes them like it and want to buy it, begging their parents to buy it for them. It also shows that these childrens immediately have to buy whatever they say the next day.
    For the girls, they are copying more on their idols they like.
    For the boys, they are preferring more on coloured jeans.

    3. We think that it suggests that Angela Jackson is more on the generous side for her children as it says that she said ‘As long as the clothing is comfortable, I am happy to buy it for him’ and doesn’t really care about the price but more on the clothes that make her children happy.

    4.
    Facts: “In 2011, Australian parents spent an average of $550 on clothing for each child under the age of 12. This was an increase of 25% from 2010”.
    “Children under the age of 12 are spending on clothes that’s expensive”

    Opinion: “They like dressing in styles that are worn by pop stars and other celebrities.”
    “Two of Australia’s biggest department stores predict that by 2016, families will be spending over a billion dollars every year on children’s clothing”

    5. Dr Telford is more on the sensible side we think.

    From, Angela and Dayday

  3. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    1. Fashion is too expensive and that parents can’t afford all the new trendy clothes that their kids want. All of this money could go to something useful like bills, shelter and food.
    2. It says that they basically want the same thing, trendy clothes, expensive clothing, and most definitely to look like a rich person or a celebrity.
    3. Maybe it means that her son has begged too much and that she can’t take it no more, so she decides to agree with him. Though we still think that inside she disagrees with her son.
    4. Opinions: No.1: Children, Especially girls, are no longer interested in wearing boring clothing. No.2: They like dressing in styles that are worn by pop stars and other celebrities. Facts: No.1: Australian children think that fashion is important. And it’s not just the teenagers. No.2: Children as young as five now like wearing the latest styles.
    5. He is worried for the parents of Australia, Money Caring, and doesn’t just care about himself.
    6. The importance of mathematics is counting the percentage of how much money is spent on fashion each year.
    From Mark and Sam.

  4. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    1. In this text it suggest that fashionable clothes a lot more expensive than others clothes and if you by cheaper clothes you can spend more money on books and holidays together.
    2. Boys prefer coloured jeans and t-shirts that are worn under opened shirts
    The girls like dressing like their idols and if they see something they like they want it the next day. Recent favourites are short skirts, torn fabrics and high heels.
    3. She’s happy to pay the price if her child are happy and comfortable.
    4. In 2011, Australian parents spent an average of $550 on clothing for each child under the age of 12.
    This was an increase of 25% from 2010.
    Sally Hayes says, ‘Children, especially girls, are no longer interested in wearing boring clothing’.
    Dr Paul Telford says. ‘Parents tell me that they buy trendy clothes for their children because they want them to fit in with other kids’.
    5. That he cares about how much the parents are spending on fashionable clothes for their children.
    6. That’s always beware of the price.

    From Jorja and Emma.

  5. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    1. It is suggesting that clothing trends are becoming a problem because kids are wanting their parents to spend lots of money on the expensive clothes that are popular.
    2. Boys and girls both want their parents to get the items that celebrities are wearing at the time. For example: boys want coloured jeans and T-shirts and girls want shorts skirts and high heels.
    3. She cares for her son and we know this because she’s getting him what he wants but she’s making sure it’s comfortable.
    4. Fact 1: Clothing for children are costing parents lots of money each year, as much a $500.
    Fact 2: a lot of children are wanting expensive clothing because popular celebrities are wearing them.
    From Tanika and Samantha!

  6. dear miss scarrott
    1. What does the text suggest about fashion?
    Children spend a lot of money on clothes each year and want to keep in fashion.
    2. What does it say about boys? Girls?
    They like to keep up in touch with fashion they try to fit in with their friends.
    3. Angela Jackson says, ‘As long as the clothing is comfortable, I am happy to buy it for him.’ What does this suggests? Can you work out her attitude in what she says?
    She is happy with what her son wants
    4. Write 2 facts and 2 opinions from this text.
    Children like to keep in fashion and the average amount of parents spend at least $550 on clothes each year. We think that the amount of money is ridicules children should careless about fashion.

    From Brandon and Jemma

  7. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    1. That trendy new clothes that celebrities wear teenagers and kids want for them self. It is costing parents an arm and a leg (A lot of money).

    2. Girls want more stylish clothes and boys want more casual plain clothes.

    3. We think her attitude is saying that she is happy to purchase the clothes only if her son will wear them.

    4. Facts

    – In 2011 parent spent up to $550 on children under the age of 12 on clothing.
    – Boys’ are into fashion to.
    OPINION
    – That parent will pay up to a billion dollars on children in 2016.
    – That all children are wearing the latest fashion.

    5. We think that Dr Paul cares other families and people then his.
    6. Always be aware of the price.

    From Jess and Gracie.

  8. Dear Miss Scarrott,
    1. In this text it suggest that fashionable clothes a lot more expensive than others clothes and if you by cheaper clothes you can spend more money on books and holidays together.
    2. Boys prefer coloured jeans and t-shirts that are worn under opened shirts
    The girls like dressing like their idols and if they see something they like they want it the next day. Recent favourites are short skirts, torn fabrics and high heels.
    3. She’s happy to pay the price if her child are happy and comfortable.
    4. In 2011, Australian parents spent an average of $550 on clothing for each child under the age of 12.
    This was an increase of 25% from 2010.
    Sally Hayes says, ‘Children, especially girls, are no longer interested in wearing boring clothing’.
    Dr Paul Telford says. ‘Parents tell me that they buy trendy clothes for their children because they want them to fit in with other kids’.
    5. That he cares about how much the parents are spending on fashionable clothes for their children.
    6. That’s always beware of the price.

    From Emma and Jorja.

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