You might also like this Real World Censorship Activity, also for Grades 8+.
- Recommended for: Grades 8+
- Number of Student Slides: 21
- Editable: YES, all text is editable
- Lesson Duration: at least one class period (50 minutes)
Discussing censorship can be controversial in certain settings. It’s why Banned Books Week exists – so we can talk about censorship. It is, however, critical that you know your audience and your community.
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The information in the PowerPoint was thoroughly researched using peer-reviewed journals from Academic Search Premier and EbscoHost databases.
The Works Cited page appears on the final slide.
Each slides also includes full bibliographic citations in the Notes section.
- What is censorship?
- Who are the censors?
- Common ways library books are censored (torn pages, drawing “clothes” over body parts, marking out words, etc.)
- What is book banning?
- What is book burning and how is it used symbolically?
- Why are books censored and/or banned?
- 9 historical censorship events (listed below)
- 213 BC – China – Emperor Qin Shi Huang
- 640 AD- Egypt- Caliph Omar burned all 200,000 volumes in the Library of Alexandria
- 1497-98 – Florence, Italy – “The Bonfire of the Vanities”
- 1600-1966 – The Index Librorum Prohibitorum – Catholic Church bans over 5200 books
- 1616-1652 – Galileo Galilei convicted of heresy over heliocentric theory papers
- 1859 – Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species
- 1933 – Nazi book burnings
- 1960s-1970s – Mao Zedong of China – Cultural Revolution
- Today- “Great Firewall of China” and censorship of social media, newspapers, and books