Writing Activity - Banned Books Research Project Distance Learning

Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Homeschool
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Here is an engaging product for Banned Book Week, or for middle school and high school teachers to use any time during the year.

As students explore various facets of book censorship in schools, they will become more proficient in their reading, critical thinking and writing skills and will gain knowledge about this subject. Whether they choose to investigate the legal, historical, moral or societal aspects of this issue is up to each individual student and his/her personal interest in this topic.

In order to illustrate the points for book censorship in the schools, students will read a frequently banned or challenged novel, either from the included list, or a choice of their own.

Next, they will research when, where and why it was challenged or banned.

In the last part of the paper, each student will develop his/her opinion on whether the book should be banned or restricted, using points from the paper to support his/her conclusion.They will follow the style sheet of the teacher’s choosing.

Teachers can customize this project to fit the necessary grade level, their students abilities and needs and their learning styles.

Students are often shocked when they find out that some of their favorite books have been banned or restricted in schools. With this paper, they can explore the Who, What, When, Where and Why so many popular texts read in schools have been challenged.

This packet includes:

An 11-page packet that includes:

Teacher Notes

Try This Lesson Plan Ideas

Student Instructions

List of Banned/Challenged Books

Research Materials Scavenger Hunt/ Answer Key

Parental Approval Form

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Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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