Censorship isn’t always black-and-white. In this two-part activity, students examine 20 possible real-world censorship situations, research the facts behind them, and determine if censorship is ever acceptable or understandable. It’s perfect for Banned Books Week, English, libraries, debate, and media studies classes.
This activity will take approximately four days. On , give students the “Is Censorship Ever Okay?” worksheet. There are four different sheets, and depending on your class and the amount of time you have, you could give them all the same sheet, let them choose different sheets, or even have them complete all four sheets. Days 1-2 can be completed individually or in small groups.
On , students will choose a situation from the sheets and research the event in the news. I have included links and additional information about the incidents in a separate document. This activity could be extended further into a class debate or a written research paper about the event.
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