This lesson can work as a stand-alone plan to introduce students to Banned Books Week and censorship, or it can be incorporated into a larger unit about censorship. In this lesson, students consider why people censor, examine a list of frequently challenged books, and then closely read an article in which Sherman Alexie argues persuasively against censorship.
Included in this resource: Lesson plan, text-based questions organizer for students, quick write.
UPDATE: "Why the Best Books for Kids Are Written in Blood" can now only be accessed with a Wall Street Journal subscription.
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Banned Books Week Bundle
: The bundle includes this resource, plus lessons for two additional days on the topic of censorship.