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  1. Classroom Resources | 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Case for Reading - Examining Challenged and Banned Books
    Students examine books, selected from the American Library Association Challenged/Banned Books list, and write persuasive pieces expressing their views about what should be done with the books at their school.
  3. Classroom Resources | 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.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Censorship in the Classroom: Understanding Controversial Issues
    Students examine propaganda and media bias, research a variety of banned and challenged books, choose a side of the censorship issue, and support their position through an advertising campaign.
  6. Classroom Resources | 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.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Series
    Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
    Text Messages is a monthly podcast providing families, educators, out-of-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers. Each episode will feature in-depth recommendations of titles that will engage and excite teen readers.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Literary Scrapbooks Online: An Electronic Reader-Response Project
    Students capture scraps of information from a variety of Web resources and use them to create an electronic scrapbook. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and citing resources.
  9. Classroom Resources | 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.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    Hit the Beach With Lauren Myracle
    This summer, head to the beach with the tween series The Winnie Years by Lauren Myracle.

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