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Rationales for Teaching Challenged Books

NCTE offers advice, helpful documents, and other support at no cost to teachers faced with challenges to literary works, films and videos, drama productions, or teaching methods. NCTE’s Anti-Censorship efforts are currently only funded to provide a public service to members and nonmembers when they are facing challenges to literary works, films, and videos.    

How to Write a Rationale?
Instructions include what, why, and how to develop a rationale.  

Use this How to Write a Rationale form to make rationale writing easier.

Sample Rationales for The Bridge to Terabithia and The Color Purple.

Rationales for Classroom Texts
An alphabetical list of other rationales on file

Rationales for Teaching Challenged Books CD

  • Volume 1
    An invaluable resource for book selection procedures featuring over 200 rationales.
  • Volume 2 
    Featuring over 100 rationales for teaching popular young adult and classic literature.
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Use the "Report A Censorship Incident Form" to report an incident, or email.


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Rationale for Challenged Books, Vol 1
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