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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
A Case for Reading - Examining Challenged and Banned Books
|Grades||3 – 10|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan
After students write persuasive essays, use this lesson to challenge them to summarize their essays concisely by creating five-slide presentations.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  July 31
Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  September 25
Students brainstorm reasons why certain books might have been banned and discuss common reasons why books are challenged.
Grades 3 – 6 | Calendar Activity |  September 13
Students adapt a Roald Dahl story to picture book format and share their books and add them to the classroom library. Additionally, they compare a book version and film version of one of Dahl's works.
Grades 3 – 6 | Calendar Activity |  February 12
Students work with a partner or individually to create cartoons of their favorite scenes from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
Grades K – 12 | Professional Library | Position Statement
The current edition of The Students' Right to Read is an adaptation and updating of the original Council statement, including "Citizen's Request for Reconsideration of a Work."
Grades 6 – 12 | Podcast Episode
In honor of Banned Books Week, tune in to hear about some of the most frequently challenged books for teens in 2009, along with YA authors’ perspectives on the experience of being censored.