Banned Books 2009


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This is a presentation I used with 6-8th grade students in the school library during Banned Books Week 2009. I asked them questions throughout, especially before the "Why are books challenged or banned?" slide, so that they can come up with answers on their own.

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Banned Books 2009

  1. 1. Banned Books Week<br />September 26 to October 4, 2009<br />
  2. 2. What does it mean to ban a book?<br /><ul><li>Banning a book is when a person or group decides that NO ONE should read the book.
  3. 3. The person or group has the book removed from the shelves of libraries.</li></li></ul><li>How does a book get banned?<br />An individual or group files a formal challenge with a school or library, requesting that a book or material be removed.<br />The school or library forms a committee to review the material.<br />The committee votes on if the material should be removed or kept.<br />
  4. 4. From WHERE are books banned?<br />Just because a book may be banned in one location does NOT mean it is banned everywhere. We call books banned books if they have been banned somewhere.<br />Here at Jefferson, we have never had to ban a book from our shelves! <br />
  5. 5. Why are books challenged or banned?<br />Offensive language<br />Violence<br />Racism<br />Mature content/sex<br />Family values <br />Religious values<br />Political values<br />
  6. 6. Why not ban books?Americans’ 1st Amendment rights<br /><ul><li>Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. </li></li></ul><li>What’s wrong with banning books?<br />Books provide education on a wide variety of subjects and the opportunity to have an experience vicariously.<br />Books in a library are selected so that everyone can find something to read and enjoy. <br />Not every book in the library will be right for you, but it may be right for someone else.<br />
  7. 7. Should other people decide what YOU read?<br />Parents and teachers are responsible for helping you select reading materials. As an adult, you will have the freedom to read books of your choice and to decide what your children may or may not read.<br />
  8. 8. What books have been banned?<br />Banned in a number of places over the years because of objections to the language used and the perception that the book promotes racism.<br />BANNED!<br />
  9. 9. What books have been banned?<br />Fahrenheit 451 is about book burning and the effect that banning or censoring books has on a society.<br />BANNED!<br />
  10. 10. What books have been banned?<br />Many have objected to the “magical content” in this book, claiming it promotes witchcraft and evil content. (It was written by the daughter of Christian missionaries.)<br />BANNED!<br />
  11. 11. What books have been banned?<br />Some people feel that this book promotes the use of illegal drugs.<br />BANNED!<br />
  12. 12. What books have been banned?<br />This book was banned because there is a wine bottle in the basket on the cover of the book. Some people felt it promoted drinking alcoholic beverages (California, 1989)<br />BANNED!<br />
  13. 13. What books have been banned?<br />Many have objected to the “magical content” in the Harry Potter books, claiming they promote witchcraft and evil content. <br />BANNED!<br />
  14. 14. What books have been banned?<br />This book was banned for encouraging inappropriate behavior.<br />BANNED!<br />
  15. 15. What books have been banned?<br />This book was banned for inappropriate content – it promotes cannibalism. <br />BANNED!<br />
  16. 16. Banned in some schools and libraries because of ‘inappropriate pictures’<br />What books have been banned?<br />BANNED!<br />
  17. 17. What books have been banned?<br />Banned in some schools and libraries because of content about the logging industry— “criminalizes the forestry industry”<br />BANNED!<br />
  18. 18. What books have been banned?<br /><ul><li>Banned in some places because the book is about an ‘unconventional’ penguin family. The book is a true story, based on penguins in the Central Park Zoo.</li></ul>BANNED!<br />
  19. 19. 5 Most Challenged Books of 2008<br />1. &quot;And Tango Makes Three,&quot; by Justin Richardson/Peter ParnellReasons: Anti-Ethnic, Anti-Family, Homosexuality, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group<br />2. &quot;His Dark Materials Trilogy&quot; (Series), Philip PullmanReasons:  Political Viewpoint, Religious Viewpoint, Violence<br />3. &quot;TTYL&quot;; &quot;TTFN&quot;; &quot;L8R, G8R&quot; (Series), Lauren MyracleReasons:  Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group<br />4. &quot;Scary Stories&quot; (Series), Alvin SchwartzReasons:  Occult/Satanism, Religious Viewpoint, Violence<br />5. &quot;Bless Me, Ultima,&quot; by Rudolfo AnayaReasons:  Occult/Satanism, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Sexually Explicit, Violence<br />(Huck Finn was not on the list for the first time in many years.)<br />
  20. 20. Presentation created by: <br />Cheryl Youse, Media Specialist<br /><br />Revised by:<br />Ms. Sapkarov, Student Teacher<br />