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Take advantage of Banned Book Week to pique students' interest and get them reading! Create a classroom display of previously banned books and allow each member of your class to choose one to read. After they have read their book, get into the school library and do some research. Why was the book banned? Who was behind the censorship? As a final assessment, class members write a persuasive essay defending their book or urging the school or local library to ban the book.
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.
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.
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.