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September 20, 2022

5 Resources for Navigating Banned Books Week with Students

Sept. 18-24 is Banned Books Week. Use these lessons, activities and resources to celebrate the freedom to read and support literacy for all.

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Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and highlights the value of open access to information. By drawing attention to books that have been challenged, it aims to expose the harms of censorship. In our current political climate—with books being banned and teachers being punished for teaching about accurate history, race and gender identity—celebrating this week is more important than ever.

Here are 5 resources to support you:

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How Book Banning Prevents Literacy for All for Grades K-12

Register now for this upcoming professional development webinar co-hosted with the Albert Shanker Institute on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Join us for a helpful discussion on how to promote high-quality literacy instruction while not limiting access to books for students. It is part of our new fall webinar series: A More United America.

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Banned Books: Building Skills for Civic Action and Civil Debate in Grades K-12

How do you teach your kids to stand up for their beliefs, but keep their actions civil? Students often have strong views about banned books, but it is up to educators and parents to guide these conversations. This on-demand webinar with Common Sense Education will demonstrate the thinking routines and media literacy skills used to debate controversial issues. 

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Why Are Children’s and Young Adult Books Challenged and Banned?

This great lesson plan for middle schoolers from ADL provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the history of book banning in the U.S., reflect on experiences they’ve had with book challenges and bans, and examine and analyze a list of challenged books.

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Why Are Books Being Banned Across the U.S.?

Best suited for middle and upper grades, try this Today’s News, Tomorrow’s Lesson from Andy Kratochvil to help students explore these questions: Why are banned books back in the spotlight? Why shouldn't books be banned? Who is trying to ban them in the U.S.?

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Diverse Books: Lesson Plans and Resources for PreK-12 Education

This curated collection is one to bookmark. Featuring nearly 90 lessons, activities, reading lists and Reading Opens the World webinars, this is your destination for teaching resources on some of our community’s favorite titles.

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Learn more at Unite Against Book Bans: https://uniteagainstbookbans.org.

Share My Lesson's Marketing LeadSusan Goldstein Youssofi, a native of the Washington, DC metro area, has been working on the Share My Lesson team since spring of 2013.

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