Video Writing Prompt: Banned Books Week

For the last 30 years, The American Library Association has celebrated the books that, for whatever reason, have been challenged or banned from schools, libraries, cities, and states. On September 30th, educators, librarians, and readers across the country will unite to encourage other readers to pick up a banned book.

As a teacher, you can use this short video, and one of the related writing prompts, to promote Banned Books Week.  Encourage your students to think about novels and stories, that they may have taken for granted, in a whole new light.

 

 

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3-5: You Can’t Read This Anymore

Sometimes, schools or libraries ban books because they think those books are not good for readers and students like you.

Imagine that someone told you that you couldn’t read your favorite book. How would that make you feel? What would you do?

6-8: Could Your Book be Banned?

This video demonstrates students, just like you, reading passages from classic novels that have been banned throughout the course of literary history. Thinking about your favorite book or a book you’ve recently read, what are some things about the novel or in the writing that could be cause for banning that book from schools and public libraries? How would you defend the book in the public eye?

9-12: A Timeless Debate about a Timeless Classic

As you watched this video, what novels or stories did you recognize? How many of the banned books have you read? Choose one book from the list and discuss whether or not you believe that it should be banned. Explain and defend your argument.

 

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