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AP English Language and Composition
Reading Time: 15 minutes
Suggested Writing Time: 40 minutes

Television has kept the world entertained for decades. Although this holds true, some believe the children watching are susceptible to inappropriate programs on television. Although there are guidelines to follow for television programming, these guidelines are sometimes ignored.

Carefully read the following six sources, including the introductory information for each source. Then synthesize information from at least three of the sources and incorporate it into a coherent, well-developed essay that defends, challenges, or qualifies the claim that television ratings should be stricter Or that develops a position on the most important considerations parents face when developing appropriate programming for children to view.

Make sure that your argument is central; use the sources to illustrate and support your reasoning. Avoid merely summarizing the sources. Indicate clearly which sources you are drawing from, whether through direct quotation, paraphrase, or summary. You may cite the sources as Source A, Source B, etc., or by using the descriptions in parentheses.

Source A (Hall)
Source B (Kasch)
Source C (Genechten)
Source D (Schneider)
Source E (Myers)
Source F (Image)

Source A
Hall, Jane. "Legislators want stricter TV ratings." Sun Sentinel. Los Angeles Times, February 26, 1997. Web. 3 May 2012. .

The following is an article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

NEW YORK - — Dissatisfied with the television industry's age-based ratings system, several members of Congress intend to introduce legislation that would force the TV networks to provide content-based TV ratings.

Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., plans to introduce a new "safe harbor" bill in the Senate today that would require theTV industry - which includes the major networks, cable stations and syndicators of programs - to either...
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