A Guide to Teaching Challenged and Banned Books

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Banned Books Week, celebrated the last week of September, is a great time to consider the question of censorship and book banning. This 11-page packet uses the novels of Chris Crutcher to launch an investigation of book banning, First Amendment rights, and intellectual freedom.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have kids investigate the district's policy on book adoptions and the use of controversial materials
Classroom Considerations

  • Prepare for this lesson by investigating your district's policies on book banning and censorship of reading materials, as well as the values and attitudes of your community
Pros

  • The 10-page guide includes information about the First Amendment, an article written by Chris Crutcher, an annotated bibliography of Crutcher's novels, and links to organizations that fight censorship
Cons

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