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<br />Purpose: <br />Learning Outcomes:<br /><ul><li>Students will be able to appreciate their freedom to choose their own reading materials. </li></ul>Illinois Learning Standards:<br /><ul><li>2.B.3a Respond to literary material from personal, creative and critical points of view. </li></ul>Standards for 21st Century Learner:<br /><ul><li>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.</li></ul>MaterialsNeeded by teacher: <br /><ul><li>Laptop computer with Internet and Bluetooth access
Banned Books PowerPoint presentation</li></ul>Needed by students: None<br />Instructional ProceduresFocusing Event:<br /><ul><li>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. </li></ul>Instruction:<br /><ul><li>Start the Banned Books PowerPoint presentation. This is mostly a lecture with student feedback at appropriate times.
Why shouldn’t books be banned?</li></ul>Guided Practice/Closure:<br /><ul><li>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.</li></ul>Check for Understanding<br /><ul><li>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?</li></ul>What’s Next? This is a stand-alone lesson for sixth grade students. <br />