The world’s ugliest couch is voted on each year by thousands of people across the world on a website called The Worldwide Ugly Couch Contest.
Each month, people send in photos of what they think is the ugliest couch they have ever seen. It could be plaid, stained, ripped, or simply an ugly colour. They might own it, it might belong to a friend, or they might have seen it in a movie or on television.
No matter what the couch looks like or where it’s from, if someone thinks it’s ugly they can send a picture of it to the Worldwide Ugly Couch Contest website.
From January to October, the best ugly couches are posted to the site, and anyone can vote on which they think is the ugliest. At the end of each month, the couch with the most votes is picked to represent that month in the Ugly Couch Contest. At the end of the year, an overall winner is selected.
The contest has taken place each year since 2008.
The 2010 Worldwide Ugly Couch is absolutely hideous. It’s pink, maroon, floral, and made of a plastic-looking material. It does seem uncomfortable, and it’s definitely an eyesore. So, this awful couch was chosen as the ugliest ouch of 2010.
The 2011 contest is underway and voting is open to everyone. Go ahead and check it out and vote for the couch you think is the ugliest.
But beware: some of the couches are extremely ugly!
The Worldwide Ugly Couch Contest is here.
Writing/Discussion Prompt The Ugliest Couch in the Class Contest! Draw a picture of the ugliest couch imaginable. Underneath your drawing, write 3 reasons why your couch is the ugliest in the world. Compare your drawing with your classmates and take a vote to see whose couch is the best (at being the worst).
Reading Prompt Readers gain comprehension of texts in many ways. The length of sentences in a text are part of its style and, for that reason, also contribute to the meaning of the text. In today’s article there are both long and short sentences. Review today’s story and think about how sentence length contributes to the meaning of the words we read. When is it a good time to use long sentences and when is it a good time to use short sentences?
Primary Identify a variety of text features and explain how they help readers understand texts (OME, Reading: 2.4).
Junior Identify various elements of style – including word choice and the use of similes, personification, comparative adjectives, and sentences of different types, lengths, and structures – and explain how they help communicate meaning (OME, Reading: 2.4).
Intermediate Identify various elements of style – including foreshadowing, metaphor, and symbolism – and explain how they help communicate meaning and enhance the effectiveness of texts (OME, Reading: 2.4).
Grammar Feature: Adjectives An adjective is a word that describes a person, place, or thing (noun). For example, in today’s article, the word “ugly” is a really important adjective because it describes the noun, “couch.”
Write at least 6 adjectives you could use instead of “ugly” to describe the couches in the contest. Compare your list with a friend and add any adjectives you missed to your list.
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"Media Literacy Starts with the News," article in Sept/Oct 2014 edition of Canadian Teacher magazine, page 12.
TKN's Jon Tilly and Joyce Grant were interviewed for the TVO Parents Media Literacy website.