[aisle] Banned Book Week

Todd Freer TFreer at zion6.org
Thu Sep 19 20:26:50 CDT 2019

Hi All -
I'm looking for some lesson points for introducing banned books to my 3rd -6th graders. Our library is small and not too current. It doesn't have too many banned books to choose from so I borrowed  13 from my library. It's sort of a hodgepodge of a selection. I see kids 2x/week for 30 minutes and was thinking about maybe doing this for two weeks if need be. Ideas include:
Introducing the concept of banning/censorship
Risk vs. Reward (of banning books)
Banned Book Debate (teaching the art of debate first)
First Amendment Lessons (which could lead to conversations about the Constitution)

I feel a bit restrained since I can't lend out these books but don't want kids to miss out on learning that "banning a book is a real thing."

I'd be grateful for your input.


Todd Freer

Library Media Specialist

East Elementary School
2913 Elim Avenue, Zion, IL, 60099

847.872.5425 • 847.872.8130 (fax)


Currently reading: When the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

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