Burn the Books
Specific goal: I want to teach my audience the health, environmental and financial benefits it would bring by replacing paper books with interactive literature on computers and tablets.
There are many more benefits to replacing textbooks with computers then drawbacks, such as financial, health and even environmental.
A: Textbooks are not only bulky, heavy. Every year, millions of young children develop back problems due to the ghastly weight of their backpacks.
B: Millions of trees are cut down just to make workbooks, paper and textbooks. This clear cutting (where a lumber company will come in and clear out a whole forest) is ruining natural habitats and even ruining some communities.
C: Textbooks are EXPENSIVE! It is not economically effective to continue to use textbooks the way our society does.
Thesis statement: Textbooks are not only bulky and heavy but they have a major negative impact on the environment today. If we switched all of our textbooks to some form of interactive form of literature like an e-book, not only would you have a little more change in your pocket but your back would appreciate it.
1. Dublin.patch.com states; every year, millions of young children develop back problems due to the ghastly weight of their backpacks.
A. The weight all adds up. The average high school student’s backpack weights between ten and twenty-five pounds, while the average laptop weights between three and eight pounds.
B. A 4GB tablet filled with 3,500 e-books weighs a billionth of a billionth of a gram more than if it were empty of data, a difference that is approximately the same weight as a molecule of DNA. The same number of physical books would weigh about two tons.
C. During the 2011-12 school year more than 13,700 US children, aged 5 to 18, were treated in hospitals and doctors' offices for backpack related injuries such as contusions, sprains, fractures, and strains to the back and shoulders.