Teaching challenged books can bring its own challenges and we need to be prepared to respond to those challenges. This resource walks us through what to expect and how to respond when our teaching is challenged.
Why should teachers teach students about banned books…especially when they may get some heat for doing so? Students have the right to read. This position statement from National Council for the Teachers of English is a great go-to resource for reminding us of this mission.
As teachers, sometimes we get to deal with banned bookcases in our school and public libraries. But most of us don't always know how to respond. Enter a series of great webinars from the American Library Association to help us navigate these choppy waters.
Students tend to think of book banning as something that happened in the past but doesn't happen today. This website shows them otherwise. Divide up the list of banned books, send students to the library to find them, and then have them report on the "controversial" parts of the books. It's a great way for them to examine contemporary culture.
This library walks us through some of the most interesting book bans and examines why they were banned. It gives great insight into the process that people go through to ban books (and protect them from being banned.)
This excellent lesson not only allows you to differentiate by having students read different books at their own levels, but it also provides them with a great reading-writing connection examining the standards used to ban books.
Wow! The American Library Association has put together this amazing, interactive timeline that walks you through the history of banned books in America. You can zoom in on a particular time period or look at a particular book. This is a great starting point for a multi-disciplinary History-English project.