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Controversy in the Classroom: Banned Books Week

Let's face it, controversy sells! That's why a banned books unit is sure to be a hit with your students. When I was in school, I had never heard about banned books week, let alone participated in a whole unit about it. Due to this, I was really excited to stumble upon research about it to share with my students and you.
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Controversy in the Classroom: Banned Books Week
  • teachhub.com
    teachhub.com

    12 Banned Books Week Classroom Activities

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    Cassandra Autrey says:
    If you're not looking to do a whole unit on banned books, I suggest taking a look at this resource. There are 12 mini activities that I know your students will have fun with. You can choose one or choose them all to make a full-fledged unit. My class ended our banned books unit with the celebrating characters activity, and we really had a great time. I suggest making it a grade to really encourage students to dress up and participate.
  • Cassandra Autrey says:
    This is a fun and short video to show your students when introducing the unit. The video is fresh and fun, and I know your students will be just as surprised as I was when they hear about some of these banned books.
  • Cassandra Autrey says:
    If you aren't on the up and up with Banned Books Week then head on over to this librarian’s informative video. I really like this video, because her points speak true to what I believe in the process of challenging banning books. In addition, I also agree with her that our students need to understand their rights to read what they want.
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    betterlesson.com
    betterlesson.com
    Cassandra Autrey says:
    Every teacher needs to sign up at Betterlesson.com! It's completely free, and it has tons of great lesson plans. I really like the master lesson plans, because they show you what great teachers in your subject and grade are doing with their classes. I actually followed this resource for my own introduction to Banned Books Week, and my students had so much fun with their hate debates.
  • Cassandra Autrey says:
    What a great resource! This is a one-stop-shop for your banned books unit. I really liked the included videos, and I know your students would enjoy watching them too. The unit is geared toward a tenth grade honors class, but I think there are plenty of materials to pick and choose from for any secondary class. If you don't have time to create your own unit and project, this resource takes the guesswork out, providing everything for a fun and interactive unit.
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