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:
Try This Lesson Plan Ideas
List of Banned/Challenged Books
Research Materials Scavenger Hunt/ Answer Key
Parental Approval Form
As always, this activity- PDF version- may be downloaded and printed for classroom use. Also, an Easel Activity is ready to be used for Google Classroom. Teachers may choose to add an interactive layer of their own for digital use by clicking on the red "Use as a Buyer" rectangle on the product's page.
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