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This is a lesson that I created for middle school students at JMS, during my student teaching. I presented this lesson to all reading classes over a two week period.

This is a lesson that I created for middle school students at JMS, during my student teaching. I presented this lesson to all reading classes over a two week period.

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    • Name: Natalie SapkarovCooperating Teacher-Librarian: Kim AndersonDate: Wed., Oct. 7, 2009School & City: Jefferson Middle School, ChampaignLesson Title: Banned BooksGrade Level: 6thLength of Lesson: 15-20 minutes
      Purpose:
      Learning Outcomes:
      • Students will be able to appreciate their freedom to choose their own reading materials.
      Illinois Learning Standards:
      • 2.B.3a Respond to literary material from personal, creative and critical points of view.
      Standards for 21st Century Learner:
      • 1.2.2 Demonstrate confidence and self-direction by making independent choices in the selection of resources and information.
      • 1.2.7 Display persistence by continuing to pursue information to gain a broad perspective.
      MaterialsNeeded by teacher:
      • Laptop computer with Internet and Bluetooth access
      • Airliner
      • Projection screen and projector
      • Banned Books display
      • Banned Books PowerPoint presentation
      Needed by students: None
      Instructional ProceduresFocusing Event:
      • Draw students’ attention to the Banned Books display on the encyclopedias island.
      • Explain that all of the books on the display have been banned somewhere at some point in time, but here at Jefferson, students are free to read them.
      • Hold questions until after the presentation, as they will most likely be answered during the lesson.
      Instruction:
      • Start the Banned Books PowerPoint presentation. This is mostly a lecture with student feedback at appropriate times.
      • What does it mean to ban a book?
      • How do books get banned?
      • Why do books get banned?
      • Why shouldn’t books be banned?
      Guided Practice/Closure:
      • What books have been banned and why? Show a series of examples of why books have been banned. When the reasons are revealed, ask students if they can guess to which book they refer.
      Check for Understanding
      • During the lesson, I will ask students questions about banning books after reviewing the material. For example, if a book is banned in a school in Rantoul, does that mean you can’t read it here at Jefferson? If your parent says that you can’t read a book, does that mean no one in the school can read that book?
      What’s Next? This is a stand-alone lesson for sixth grade students.