In high schools across America, many books have been challenged and sometimes successfully banned from the curriculum or school libraries. In class, we have discussed at length the reasons people ban books and the pros and cons of removing certain controversial texts from shelves. Let’s continue the conversation!
First, research what your assigned book is about. Look up a written or video summary and read through some analysis to get some context. Next, research when, where, and why the book was banned or challenged. You may even want to read the different perspectives of individuals who may have already written their opinion for or against banning the book. Explore to see if there are any news video clips discussing the issue.
For your post, start by listing the Title and author of the book using this format:
Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Next, briefly summarize in a sentence or two what the book is about. Then, explain what you learned about when, where, and why the book has been banned. Finally, discuss your own opinion. Do you think challenging this book was fair or appropriate, why or why not? Cite and reference any of the articles that influenced your opinion in your post and include a list of the links you visited while researching the book.
As you read over your peers’ posts, seek out titles or reasons for banning that resonate with you. Argue for or against your peer’s thoughts on why the book was banned. Think about what these books have in common and the benefits/consequences of their being banned.