Censorship Teacher Resources
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Art in Nazi Germany When Art and Politics Didn't Agree
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.
A Picture is Worth How Many (unfiltered) Words?
Students explore Google search engine in and out of China, examine events surrounding confrontation at Tiananmen Square between Chinese forces and the Tank Man, and discuss how censorship affects what the media reports and what the public learns.
Philosophical Chairs Discussion
Debate music censorship in this discussion lesson. Middle schoolers research and debate whether music with offensive lyrics should have warning labels. They get into groups of disagree, agree, or neutral to debate their opinions. In discussion, they take turns voicing their opinions.
Lesson 2: Social Issue Investigation
Twelfth graders create solutions for social issues. In 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.
Cartoons in the Classroom: Drawn to Freedom
In this current events worksheet, learners analyze political cartoons that feature the free exchange of ideas and government criticism. Students then respond to 2 short answer questions.
Making Sense of Censorship
Students create their own ratings systems with which to classify current pop cultural fare as suitable or unsuitable for Students.
Birth of a Nation, the NAACP, and the Balancing of Rights
Eleventh graders analyze primary sources. In this US History lesson, 11th graders interpret written information. Students evaluate arguments and draw conclusions. Students develop and defend a position.
Web Writer's Block
Students evaluate Web sites banned in various countries, and investigate the reasons why particular countries would want to block information from its people.
Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution
Students examine how the French and American revolutions influenced and emergence of free press in these countries. Students explore the link between government control of the press and the type of government. They compare and contrast the benefits of free press.
Making Choices about Tobacco Use
Students examine the dangers associated with smoking. In groups, they discuss what it means to be addicted to a drug and how the media influences our decisions. After watching excerpts of films, they identify the use of smoking and the reaction to the film by the public because of these images. To end the lesson, they discover the importance of making repsonsible choices when it comes to tobacco use.
Freedom of Information Day
ï»¿For this Freedom of Information Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling sequencing, scrambled sentences, asking questions, take a survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities for Freedom of Information Day.
The Catcher Controversy
Students complete novel analysis activities for J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. In this novel analysis lesson, students determine if the novel is still relevant by reading the Slate article, Thomas Beller's article, and a student's opinion. Students find themes in the novel and view various covers for the novel to discuss the symbols in the text. Students discuss censorship and complete an essay.
World War II: America on the Home Front
Eleventh graders gain a sense of historical time and historical perspective as they study the massive campaign that the U.S. government launched to convince Americans to conserve, participate, and sacrifice. They study cencorship, and other key concepts.
The Tank Man
Students explore the events surrounding the confrontation at Tiananmen Square between Chinese forces and "The Tank Man." They discover how censorship affects what the media reports and what the public learns. Students research China's human rights factors through videos, portraits and literature.
Lesson Plan for Reading
Students in an adult ESL classroom are introduced to the definition of freedom of speech. Using the internet, they discover the differences between the rule of law and rule of men. To end the lesson, they examine how the court system operates in the United States.
In this violence discussion worksheet, students discuss censorship and violence and the possible connections between violent cartoons, combat sports, weapons, and corporal punishment.
Young scholars consider the implications of playing violent video games. In this current issues lesson, students visit selected websites to research virtual violence and video game censorship.
Cartoons for the Classroom: Censorship, Silencing an Anti-War Voice
In this primary source analysis worksheet, students analyze political cartoons with anti-war messages and respond to 5 talking point questions.
Cartoons for the Classroom: Syrian Government Censorship
Approach censorship through the controversy of the Syrian government's violence against kidnapped cartoonist Ali Ferzat. Background information gives learners context of the issue, and a link offers further media coverage of the event. Three talking points encourage deeper thinking in analyzing a political cartoon, as well as the inherent controversy and value of political cartoons. More cartoons on this issue are linked for an extension opportunity.
Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier
Students read the case text of the Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier case. Using the text, they discuss the case history and the implications of the verdict. They share their findings with the class in the form of a PowerPoint presentation and their opinions about whether the students press was right or wrong in the case.