Banned Books

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Should people be able to ban books from schools and libraries if they find them objectionable? Scholars read the three main pros and cons regarding banned books. They also review a list of the top 10 challenged books from 2017 and discover the many reasons why people opposed them, including violence, religious themes, and profanity. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide a list of banned books and have small groups discuss what life would be like without them
  • As a class, discuss what books, if any, should be restricted in schools and libraries 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires computer and Internet access for each individual 
  • Includes an extensive list of footnotes for further exploration of the topic 
  • Pros and cons are efficiently organized to help learners access the information
  • Does not provide a thorough overview, so students will likely need to consult additional resources to develop informed opinions for debate