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A Case for Reading - Examining Challenged and Banned Books

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A Case for Reading - Examining Challenged and Banned Books

Grades 3 – 10
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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Student Interactives

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Persuade Me in Five Slides! Creating Persuasive Digital Stories

After students write persuasive essays, use this lesson to challenge them to summarize their essays concisely by creating five-slide presentations.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 12

Judy Blume was born in 1938.

Students work with a partner or individually to create cartoons of their favorite scenes from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 31

J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.

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 22

Get ready to celebrate Banned Books Week!

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

Roald Dahl was born on this day in 1916.

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.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement

Guideline on The Students' Right to Read

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."

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Censorship and Your Freedom to Read

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.

 

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