Free Argument Writing Prompt for Banned Books - Distance Learning

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7th - 10th, Homeschool
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5 pages

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Teach students about censorship with this free argument writing activity. Students brainstorm potential evidence, counterarguments, and refutations for a claim about a banned book. Use as a stand-alone lesson or culminating assessment after a class reading of a challenged book. Well-known censored books include:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This 5-page resource includes:


-the prompt

-think aloud model

-bonus graphic organizer to help students brainstorm and write rationales for challenged books

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In addition to the printable lesson, this resource is ready to be used with students in Google Classroom for distance learning with the TpT Digital Layer Tool!

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