IELTS Essay: International Stars and Historic Figures

IELTS Essay: International Stars and Historic Figures

Many young people today know more about international pop or movie stars than about famous people in the history of their own country.

Why is this?

What can be done to increase young people’s interest in famous people in the history of their country?

Younger generations today are often more interested in international celebrities rather than figures from their country’s past. In my opinion, this is a natural tendency related to mass media and can be mitigated by improving history lessons in schools.

Younger people today organically gravitate towards individuals they resonate with and see in entertainment. This applies equally to those in the film and music industries. For example, one of the most popular singers for the last decade has been Taylor Swift, an artist who prolifically releases albums, updates her Instagram, and is generally present online and in the entertainment world. Young people listen to her songs and identify with her and then follow her personal life closely in order to enjoy a vicarious, uplifting feeling. This stands in marked contrast to historical figures who no longer contribute or offer any present value.

This tendency to value current stars can be countered with more engaging history classes. History lessons in most contexts focus on dry facts and propaganda. However, there are historians who can enliven historical events such as in Robert Caro’s non-fiction or Hilary Mantel’s historical fiction. If students were introduced to passages from those sources, there is a stronger likelihood that it would instill in them a lifelong passion for the study of history and the figures that have shaped our current world. If such lessons were combined with more relevant current events lessons, then students might be more compelled to understand, respect, and continue researching great historical actors.

In conclusion, though there is a natural inclination to pay more attention to contemporary pop culture figures, an emphasis on quality texts could encourage young people to care more about individuals from the past. This will not cause a seismic shift but could have a marginal impact.

Analysis

1. Younger generations today are often more interested in international celebrities rather than figures from their country’s past. 2. In my opinion, this is a natural tendency related to mass media and can be mitigated by improving history lessons in schools.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Write a clear opinion.  

1. Younger people today organically gravitate towards individuals they resonate with and see in entertainment. 2. This applies equally to those in the film and music industries. 3. For example, one of the most popular singers for the last decade has been Taylor Swift, an artist who prolifically releases albums, updates her Instagram, and is generally present online and in the entertainment world. 4. Young people listen to her songs and identify with her and then follow her personal life closely in order to enjoy a vicarious, uplifting feeling. 5. This stands in marked contrast to historical figures who no longer contribute or offer any present value.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your main idea.
  3. Develop it with specific or hypothetical examples.
  4. Start a second method.
  5. Keep developing it fully.

1. This tendency to value current stars can be countered with more engaging history classes. 2. History lessons in most contexts focus on dry facts and propaganda. 3. However, there are historians who can enliven historical events such as in Robert Caro’s non-fiction or Hilary Mantel’s historical fiction. 4. If students were introduced to passages from those sources, there is a stronger likelihood that it would instill in them a lifelong passion for the study of history and the figures that have shaped our current world. 5. If such lessons were combined with more relevant current events lessons, then students might be more compelled to understand, respect, and continue researching great historical actors.

  1. Write a new topic sentence with a new main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your new main idea.
  3. Include specific details and examples.
  4. Add as much information as you can and make sure it links logically.
  5. Develop the example fully.

1. In conclusion, though there is a natural inclination to pay more attention to contemporary pop culture figures, an emphasis on quality texts could encourage young people to care more about individuals from the past. 2. This will not cause a seismic shift but could have a marginal impact.

  1. Summarise your main ideas.
  2. Include a final thought.  

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean? Make some notes on paper to aid memory and then check below.

Younger generations today are often more interested in international celebrities rather than figures from their country’s past. In my opinion, this is a natural tendency related to mass media and can be mitigated by improving history lessons in schools.

Younger people today organically gravitate towards individuals they resonate with and see in entertainment. This applies equally to those in the film and music industries. For example, one of the most popular singers for the last decade has been Taylor Swift, an artist who prolifically releases albumsupdates her Instagram, and is generally present online and in the entertainment world. Young people listen to her songs and identify with her and then follow her personal life closely in order to enjoy a vicariousuplifting feeling. This stands in marked contrast to historical figures who no longer contribute or offer any present value.

This tendency to value current stars can be countered with more engaging history classes. History lessons in most contexts focus on dry facts and propaganda. However, there are historians who can enliven historical events such as in Robert Caro’s non-fiction or Hilary Mantel’s historical fiction. If students were introduced to passages from those sources, there is a stronger likelihood that it would instill in them a lifelong passion for the study of history and the figures that have shaped our current world. If such lessons were combined with more relevant current events lessons, then students might be more compelled to understand, respect, and continue researching great historical actors.

In conclusion, though there is a natural inclination to pay more attention to contemporary pop culture figures, an emphasis on quality texts could encourage young people to care more about individuals from the past. This will not cause a seismic shift but could have a marginal impact.

 

Here is a list of vocabulary from the topic with their synonyms:

younger generations people who are not old – under the age of 25 or so

interested in care about

international celebrities stars

rather than instead of

figures important people

natural tendency organic desire

related to concerning

mass media entertainment, news, etc.

mitigated lessened

improving made better

organically gravitate towards naturally go in the direction of

resonate with connect with

entertainment movies, music, etc.

equally the same as

last decade last 10 years

artist singer, musician, etc.

prolifically releases albums make a lot of music

updates new posts

generally present online all over the internet

entertainment world people in music, film, etc.

identify connect with

follow her personal life closely pay attention to her life

in order to so that

vicarious living through others

uplifting enjoyable

This stands in marked contrast to this is very different from

no longer contribute not add to any more

offer any present value means something now

tendency likelihood

countered with fought with

engaging paying attention to

in most contexts in many situations

dry facts boring information

propaganda self-serving and biased information about a country

historians people who study history

enliven historical events bring history to life

non-fiction true, reality

historical fiction books based in history but not 100% true

introduced first shown

passages texts

stronger likelihood better chance

instill engender

lifelong passion care about your whole life

shaped cultivated

current world right now

combined with put together with

relevant current events lessons classes about news now

compelled encouraged

continue researching great historical actors keep looking up people from the past

natural inclination organic desire

pay more attention to care more about

contemporary pop culture figures stars famous now

emphasis focus on

quality texts good books

encourage reinforce

seismic shift big change

marginal impact small effect

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