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Sources for Stories Essay

In this sources for stories essay you have to discuss whether  children to be told or read stories from their parents or whether this is no necessary as they have other sources for stories.

Take a look at the essay question.

Some people think that parents should tell stories or read to their children.  However, others believe that these days this isn't necessary as  children have so many other sources for stories, such as books, films and TV.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Understanding the Question

Be careful with the question as it's easy to think from first glance that the question is about technology versus parents reading to the child.

But if you look, the second opinion also mentions 'books', which are not connected to technology.

So technology as a source of information can be discussed but don't make this the sole focus of your writing as it may look like you misunderstood the question. 

Parent reading to her childrenParent reading to her children

So in your essay, in order to discuss both opinions, you need to explain:

  • The advantages of parents reading or telling stories to their children
  • The advantages of using other sources independently, such as books, TV, and films.

And of course provide your own opinion

Now take a look at the essay model answer and comments below the essay.

Sources for Stories Essay Sample

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people think that parents should tell stories or read to their children.  However, others believe that these days this isn't necessary as  children have so many other sources for stories, such as books, films and TV.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer

Some people believe that in today’s modern times, with increased access to various forms of entertainment, it is no longer necessary for parents to spend time reading to children or telling them stories. While it may be true that children today have access to more stimulation than ever before, I fear this argument overlooks the many other benefits of story time to both the children and parents.

The increased availability of a variety of stories through varied platforms gives children of all ages greater access to new and exciting worlds. Where parents would traditionally be able to share one or two stories in a day, a child today can engage with a different story every hour or two. This helps build creativity and grows a child’s sense of the world around them. Because of the range of mediums, children learn to interpret and engage with a story through other senses beyond just listening. The improved graphics in TV and movies have opened up whole worlds of characters that come to life in a new and exciting way not previously possible.

However, an in-person story allows children to interact with it - asking questions, adding their own creative input and immersing themselves in this new world, with their parents along for the adventure. The interpersonal nature of reading to a child allows them to use their own imagination to create a visual world for the story, an important form of creative expression for growing minds. The aspect of time spent together is also important to a child’s development. In a world where children spend time alone with screens for stimulation from a very young age, it’s important that they also receive one-on-one time with parents to develop interpersonal skills and meaningful relationships. 

There is no denying that access to a wide range of stimulation for children can provide many of the benefits of traditional storytelling such as stimulating concentration, imagination and curiosity., but in my opinion, it is not a replacement for the tradition of telling stories. One-on-one time, interaction and a different form of creative expression are only some of these benefits that would be lost if we left all forms of entertainment up to books, TV or movies.

(373 Words)


This  essay for IELTS would achieve a high score because it answers the question, discussing both the opinions, with the writer also giving their own opinion.

It is a clearly organised essay, with each body paragraph based around one central idea. There is also a good mix of vocabulary and grammar, used correctly and accurately. 

It would also get a high score for Task Response as it gives a lot of relevant information, with ideas expanded on and discussed fully.

This though makes it  373 words. You'd have to be a very confident and high level writer to write that much accurately and coherently in 40 minutes, so if you are a lower level writer you should aim to write less. You can also reduce the length of the introduction and conclusions. 

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