Censorship Teacher Resources
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Students examine censorship in the 1920 and 1930s. In this film censorship lesson plan students compose a summary chart of censorship items.
In this current events worksheet, high schoolers analyze a political cartoon about Chinese censorship and respond to 3 talking point questions.
Students examine the concept of censorship in authoritarian government and how Japanese and Chinese artists used their work as political commentary. This lesson includes possible lesson enrichments.
Students study of the effects of the Cold War on the home front. They analyze the film High Noon according to an abbreviated version of the standards that films were judged by in the early 1950s and determine whether or not High Noon is "fit" to be released to the American public.
Students express their views on censorship and read Orwell's essay about Dali. They examine other controversial pop culture figures and write about them.
New Review Fahrenheit 451: Biography
"It just takes a spark." The sparks that gave rise to Fahrenheit 451 are detailed in an audio biography of Ray Bradbury. After listening to Part I of the engaging narration, class groups read background essays and prepare presentations of what they have learned in the essays.
Students weigh rights of students and others to free speech versus the responsibilities that come with those rights.
Young scholars use several sources to determine how the First Amendment protects their access to books in the school library. They examine a Supreme Court decision and their own school district's policy about the removal of controversial books from libraries.
Explore the current television rating system, its content descriptors, and the new V-chip technology that more readily allow parents to control their child's television viewing. Help learners develop a survey that will determine the pros and cons around the device with the student body.
Learners create their own ratings systems with which to classify current pop cultural fare as suitable or unsuitable for Students.
Students investigate the purposes of newspapers during both times of war and times of peace. They discuss their views on censorship.
Students explore tools available when faced with censorship complaints in their library. They discover how to compile a paper trail to use when discussing the challenge with the public.
Students can learn about World War I and II through art, such as posters, paintings, and photographs,
Students define what they consider to be key elements of democracy, particularly relating those elements to the cancellation of Iraq's first general election for mayor and related issues of censorship. They participate in a round-table discussion and then develop collages that reflect general themes arising from the discussion.
Whether your middle schoolers are fans of Judy Blume or haven't heard her stories, this TIME Magazine article will get them interested in her writing. A short biographical sketch of the author introduces this reading comprehension lesson, which includes questions for before reading, during reading, and after reading. Three writing activities extend the lesson, helping your class to apply what they have read to their own lives.
Students explore the concepts of blasphemy, censorship and freedom of expression through the lens of Salman Rushdie. They also consider how these issues have been reflected in US history.
Twelfth graders explore Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In this reading and writing lesson, 12th graders read the book and think of five books to save from the fire. Students write an essay explaining why they'd save them. The essay becomes the basis for a discussion about various themes in the novel, including censorship and conformity vs. individuality.
Five lessons display the art created by Germans under the Weimar Republic. The focus of these lessons is to help learners understand the role of art in politics, government censorship, and Nazi tactics. Web links are included.
Twelfth graders create solutions for social issues. For this current issues lesson, 12th graders locate articles about issues such as euthanasia, school vouchers, hate crimes, and censorship. Students share the content of their articles and discuss possible solutions to the issues.
In this current events instructional activity, students analyze political cartoons that feature the free exchange of ideas and government criticism. Students then respond to 2 short answer questions.