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CENSORSHIP
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http://libraries.luc.edu/about/exhibits/banned/index.shtml
The act, process, or
practice of examining books,
films, or other materials and
suppressing what is
considered objectionable.
Why are books challenged????
Books usually are challenged with
the best intentions—to protect
others, frequently children, from
difficult ideas and information.
Censorship can be subtle, almost
imperceptible, as well as blatant and
overt, but nonetheless, harmful.
Reasons for a Challenge…
•Materials are “sexually explicit”;
•materials contain “offensive
language”; and/or
•materials are “unsuited to an age
group.”
Who challenges books???
Throughout history different kinds of people
and groups, for all sorts of reasons, have
attempted—and continue to attempt—to
suppress anything that conflicts or
disagrees with their own beliefs.
Which single group of people do you believe
challenges most often?
Parent Challenges
According to The 100
Most Frequently
Challenged Books,
Challenges by
Initiator, Institution,
Type and Year parents
challenge materials
more often than any
other group.
www.ala.org
CHALLENGING VERSUS
BANNING
A CHALLENGE is an attempt to remove or
restrict materials, based upon the
objections of a person or group.
A BANNING is the removal of those
materials. Challenges do not simply involve
a person expressing a point of view; rather,
they are an attempt to remove material
from the curriculum or library, thereby
restricting the access of others.
The Top 10 Most Challenged
Books of 2008
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
ttyl (series) by Lauren Myracle
Scary Stories Boxed Set by Alvin Schwartz
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Gossip Girl #1 (Series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni
Flashcards of My Life by Charise Mericle Harper
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Source The 10 Most “Challenged” Books of 2008
http://www.flashlightworthybooks.com/Ten-10-Most-ChallengedBanned-Censored-Books-of-2008/426
Do you recognize any of these people???
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1. Robert Cormier
http://www.carr.org/mae/cormier/cormier.htm
2. Lois Duncan
http://www.carr.org/mae/duncan/duncan.htm
3. Judy Blume
http://www.judyblume.com/jb-bio.html
4. S. E. Hinton
http://www.carr.org/mae/hinton/hinton.htm
5. Robie Harris
http://www.soemadison.wisc.edu/ccbc/friends/harris.htm
6. Gary Paulsen
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/garypaulsen/about.html
7. J.K. Rowling
http://www.kidsreads.com/harrypotter/jkrowling.html
8. Toni Morrison
http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwtms/
9. Lois Lowry
http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/lowry.html
10. Louise Rennison
http://www.teenreads.com/authors/au-rennison-louise.asp
11. Walter Dean Myers http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/myers.html
Banned Books Week
September 24 – October 1
Sponsored by The American Library Association
What is Banned Books Week??
Banned Books Week emphasizes the freedom to choose or the
freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be
considered unorthodox or unpopular and the importance of
ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular
viewpoints to all who wish to read them.
The American Library Association Invites
You!!!!
The American Library Association has offered the use of
The 2004 Banned Books Week Button to Libraries, schools,
and individuals that would like to celebrate the freedom to
read may freely. Either click this link or click on the image of
the button at the top to visit the American Association’s
website [ http://www.ala.org/bbooks/ ]
References
ALA. (2004) Banned Books Week. American Library Association 2004.
Retrieved on August 8, 2004 from
http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.htm.
First Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution. (2004).
American Library Association. Retrieved on August 8, 2004 from
http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/firstamendment/courtcases/courtcases.htm .
Learning Results Applications
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Process of Reading
Secondary
A. 2. Demonstrate an understanding that a single text will elicit a wide
variety of responses, each of which may be the point of view of the
individual reader or listener.
A. 9. Identify the philosophical assumptions and basic beliefs underlying
a particular text.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Literature and Culture
B. 1. Distinguish between the purpose of a literary work and the
response of an individual reader.
B. Make abstract connections between their own lives and the
characters, events, and circumstances represented in various
works.
SOCIAL STUDIES Civics and Government
C. 5. Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning and importance of
traditional democratic assumptions such as individual rights, the
common good, self-government, justice, equality, and patriotism.

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