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Banned books2010

  1. 1. Banned Books Week September 25 – October 2 “ Celebrate your freedom to read”
  2. 3. Why are books challenged? <ul><li>To protect you from difficult or unpopular ideas like: </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Content </li></ul><ul><li>Unsuited to age group </li></ul><ul><li>Express unpopular views </li></ul>
  3. 4. Who challenges books? <ul><li>Concerned parents </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Neighborhood Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Political groups </li></ul>
  4. 5. Initiator of Challenges 1990-’08
  5. 6. Challenge vs. Banning A challenge is an attempt to remove a book from the shelves based on objections. Banning actually removes the book from the shelves and the library.
  6. 7. 2001 -2009 Challenge Statistics <ul><li>4312 challenges </li></ul><ul><li>67% challenges made to materials in schools or school libraries </li></ul><ul><li>48% by parents, 10% by patrons, 10% by administration </li></ul><ul><li>460 Challenges in 2009, compared to 513 in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Courtesy of ALA: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/21stcenturychallenged/index.cfm </li></ul>
  7. 8. Good Company <ul><li>According to stats, 46 of top 100 novels of the 20 th century have been challenged or banned </li></ul><ul><li>Great Gatsby </li></ul><ul><li>Catcher in the Rye </li></ul><ul><li>Grapes of Wrath </li></ul><ul><li>To Kill a Mockingbird </li></ul><ul><li>The Color Purple </li></ul><ul><li>Ulysses </li></ul><ul><li>Lord of the Flies </li></ul><ul><li>1984 </li></ul>
  8. 9. Quotations <ul><li>“ [I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.”— Judy Blume </li></ul><ul><li>“ Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.”—Benjamin Franklin </li></ul>
  9. 10. Most Frequently Challenged Books in 2009 <ul><li>TTYL Series </li></ul><ul><li>And Tango Makes Three </li></ul><ul><li>To Kill a Mockingbird </li></ul><ul><li>Twilight Series </li></ul><ul><li>Catcher in the Rye </li></ul><ul><li>My Sister’s Keeper </li></ul><ul><li>The Chocolate War </li></ul><ul><li>For a complete list go to the ALA website </li></ul>
  10. 11. Top challenged authors 2009 <ul><li>Lauren Myracle </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Cormier </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Crutcher </li></ul><ul><li>John Steinbeck </li></ul>
  11. 12. List of 100 Most Challenged Books 2000-2009 <ul><li>Harry Potter (#1) </li></ul><ul><li>Alice Series by Naylor (#2) </li></ul><ul><li>The Chocolate War (#3) </li></ul><ul><li>Of Mice and Men (#5) </li></ul><ul><li>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (#6) </li></ul><ul><li>Captain Underpants (#13) </li></ul><ul><li>Huckleberry Finn (#14) </li></ul><ul><li>The Giver (#23) </li></ul>
  12. 13. The Giver by Lois Lowry <ul><li>Most often challenged for the death scene of the infant twin. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to the passage to evaluate. </li></ul><ul><li>Write a two-part response. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Reader Response: Listen and write your immediate response <ul><li>Can be: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Associational -- link to something else </li></ul><ul><li>2. Self-involvement -- Personalize </li></ul><ul><li>3. Prescriptive -- Value judgment </li></ul>
  14. 15. Part 2 -- Censorship Aspect <ul><li>Discuss the importance of the event to the story. Was it necessary? Was it effective? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the event described a reason for the book to be censored? Why or why not? </li></ul><ul><li>At what age do you think this book should be read? Why? </li></ul>Pick one of the following and answer completely:

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