Reading Banned Books
NCTE INBOX 9-10-13
Banned Books Week, which runs September 22-28 this year, celebrates the freedom to read by drawing attention to the issue of censorship. NCTE, a cosponsor of Banned Books Week, invites its members to
The following resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org offer background and lessons about book banning and censorship both for use with students and as ways to respond to text challenges in your school.
Listen as NCTE members ReLeah Lent and Teri Lesesne talk about Banned Books Week with Larry Jacobs on Education Talk Radio.
Join NCTE on Twitter for its first #nctechat on Sunday, September 22, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The chat will kick off Banned Books Week and will be hosted by Teri Lesesne (@ProfessorNana) and Laurie Halse Anderson (@HalseAnderson), both of whom are also featured speakers at the NCTE Annual Convention this November in Boston.
Visit this ReadWriteThink.org calendar entry, which links to classroom activities and online resources on Banned Books Week. Be sure to check out the ReadWriteThink.org lesson plans A Case for Reading -- Examining Challenged and Banned Books, which introduces students to censorship and then invites them to read a challenged book and decide for themselves what should be done with the book at their school, and Censorship in the Classroom: Understanding Controversial Issues. Tune in to the ReadWriteThink.org Text Messages podcast episode, "Censorship and Your Freedom to Read."
Censorship in the English classroom rears its head in some familiar and some unexpected ways. Read more in the Council Chronicle article "Defending the Right to Read: A Modern Tale."
Be prepared. Use the instructions for writing a rationale for texts you're teaching and the sample rationales and resource CDs listed on NCTE's webpage on Rationales for Teaching Challenged Books.
For decades, NCTE has worked with schools and educators on challenges to literary works, films and videos, and drama productions. Since 2004, NCTE has given advice, shared helpful documents, written letters of support, and/or testified in more than 250 challenges to texts. If you're faced with a challenge, please consult the NCTE Anti-Censorship Center for resources and to contact NCTE.
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