Lesson Plan

To Ban or Not to Ban? Intellectual Rights and Responsibilities: Banned Books, Censorship Part 2

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After examining different perspectives on book banning, scholars select a book from a list of frequently banned books and research the controversies surrounding it. They then craft an argument about their chosen book, including arguments and counterarguments. To complete the lesson, groups who researched the same book create a digital infographic to support their claim on whether or not the work should be banned.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate their school's policy for adopting controversial texts, the outcome of the Virginia case, and current book-banning controversies
Classroom Considerations
  • The second lesson in the two-part series
  • Requires a projection device for the PowerPoint and the videos, as well as copies of several worksheets
  • Partners need devices with internet to do their research
  • Extensive teacher notes offer suggestions for how to conduct the lesson and support learners
  • None
Common Core