Censorship Discussion Activities -- Current Events

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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13 pages
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Description

In this 3-4 day activity, students examine 25 censorship situations from current events and research the facts behind them. It's perfect for Banned Books Week, English, libraries, debate, and media studies classes.

FAST FACTS:

  • Recommended for: Grades 8+
  • Lesson duration: 3-4 lessons of 40 minutes each
  • Editable: YES, most text is editable.
  • Formats: PDF, PPT, Google Slides

INCLUDES:

  • Detailed lesson plan (5 pages, PDF only)
  • 8 group discussion cards (2 pages, all three formats)
  • "Is It Censorship" worksheets (5 pages, 25 total situations, all three formats)
  • Assignment graphic organizer: Research one of the situations. (1 page, all three formats)

DAY 1

  • Group discussion cards
  • Includes 8 hypothetical questions about different kinds of censorship

DAY 2

  • "Is It Censorship?" worksheet and group discussion
  • Includes 25 scenarios taken straight from current events. Students have to determine if these are censorship and whether or not they are acceptable.
  • There are five different worksheets, each with five different situations. Students can complete one worksheet, then group according to which worksheet they did. All worksheets are labeled with a letter in the corner so students can group quickly by the letter of their worksheet.

DAYS 3-4

  • Researching the real-life situations behind the scenarios on the worksheet.
  • I provided links to news articles about all 25 current events.
  • This activity could be extended further into a class debate or a written research paper about the event.

SAMPLE SITUATIONS:

  • 10 situations occurred outside school. These are stories in global and USA news. Example: A celebrity sues a newspaper for publishing unauthorized photos of her minor child.

  • 15 situations occurred at school. All of these are in USA schools, but the states vary. Example: At graduation, the Valedictorian’s microphone is cut off when she starts to say things that were not in her pre-approved speech.

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Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
4 days
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Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

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