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Elementary Library Media (K-5)
Strand 3 Standard 3
1 class periods of 30 minutes each
Social & Civic Responsibility
This lesson promotes an understanding of why a diverse collection is required in school and public libraries. It will be acknowledged that individual reading choices are widely differentiated. Methods on making personal reading choices will be explored. Ideally this lesson would be used the fourth week of September, in conjunction with Banned Book Week
Optional: Print covers of books in your collection that have encountered challenges. Lists of the books can be found on the provided ALA website. Create a simple (or more elaborate) display with the copies of the banned titles in your collection. Pinterest is full of ideas.
Read through the "take action" portion of the 2016 BANNED BOOKS PDF. Scan through the Banned Books Week website for up to date information.
Students will know that the right to choose what to and not to read is protected by the First Amendment. They will understand their peers may have varied reading choices. All should be respected.
The following is a rough outline of how the discussion is led.
These principles can be referred to, and reinforced at any point in the upcoming year.