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Fall2013
Schoolwidemediaprogram:BannedBooksWeek
Bookbanningisseriousbusiness.Timeandtimeagain,thecourtshaveruledthatbanningbooks
isaviolationofFirstAmendmentrights.However,peoplecontinuetotrytokeepbooksoutofother
peopleshandssimplybecausetheydisagreewithordislikesomeofthebookscontent.Itsimperative
thatstudentsbeeducatedabouttheproblemwithcensorshipanditsconflictwiththeFirstAmendment.
Itsalsoimportanttoeducatestudentsoncurrentchallengestobooksandinformthemoftheirown
rightsascitizens.AccordingtotheAmericanLibraryAssociationswebsite,librariesaroundthecountry
willcelebrateBannedBooksWeek2013fromSeptember2228.ThewebsitereportsthattheOffice
ofIntellectualFreedomfoundthatbetween2000and2009,nearly5,100bookswerechallenged.The
reasonsrangedfromthemesofhomosexualitytooffensivelanguage.
TheplanwehavecreatedforaschoolwideBannedBooksmediaprogramwouldlastfora
week.Itwouldbeforhighschoolagedstudents.Thelibrarymediaspecialistwillwanttocollaborate
withclassroomteachersandclubadministratorstoimplementtheprogram.Aspartoftheprogram,the
mediaspecialistwilldecoratethemediacenterbydisplayingbannedbooksonshelves.Somebooks
mayalsobeplacedinthecases,withprisonbarscoveringtheglass.Somebooksmaybewrappedin
crimescenelikepolicetape.Insteadofcrimescene,thetapecouldreadbanned.Themediaspecialist
couldalsohangmugshotsofauthorswhosebookshavebeenbanned.
Themediacenterwillplanseveralactivitiestobeimplementedacrosstheentireschoolduring
BannedBooksWeek.Oneeventwillincludeaskingallstudentstoselectabannedbooktoreadduring
theweek.Themediaspecialistshouldpullcopiesofbannedbooksandshouldmakesuresomebanned
booksareincludedintheebookcollection.Studentsandteacherswillthenbeaskedtochoosea
favoritepassagefromtheirbooktoreadoncamera.Thevideowillbefilmedinthemediacenterina
decoratedsection.Studentsandteachersmayfilmtheirpassagesbeforeschool,duringlunch,orafter
school.Teachersshouldbeencouragedtobringtheirclassesintoallowstudentstofilmduringtheday.
Teacherswillalsobeencouragedtoallowindividualstudentstocometothelibrarytofilmtheirvideos.
Thevideoswillbepostedtothemediacenterwebsite.Somemayalsobeairedonthemorning
announcementsandonthecafeteriatelevisionsduringlunchperiods.Studentsandstaffwillvoteonthe
topthreestudentvideosandthebestteachervideo.Winnerswillreceiveafreebannedbook.The
mediaspecialistmaywanttoaskmembersoftheReadingBowltocompletethistaskaweekbefore
BannedBooksWeeksothattheirvideosmaybeusedasexamplesforotherstudents.Itwouldalso
allowthemediaspecialisttohavevideosonhandonMondayformorningannouncementsand
lunchtime.
ThemediacenterwillalsohostaGuessthebookcontestonitswebsite.Themediaspecialist
shouldselectpassagesfromseveralbannedbookstopostonthelibrarywebsite.Themediaspecialist
mayaskteacherstohelpifheorshewishes.Students,teachersandstaffwillbeencouragedtoguess
thebookthepassagecamefromandwhowrotethepassage.Teacherswhohelpselectthepassages
obviouslywouldntparticipateinthiscontest.Themediaspecialistshouldsetupthewebpageinaway
thatallowsthetimeofthesubmittedresponsetoberecordedsothatthefirsttwopeoplewhoanswer
thequestionfirstmayberewarded.
Themediacenterwillalsohostaspecialoutdoorscreeningofamoviebasedonabanned
book.Themediaspecialistwillhavetocollaboratewithteachersandadministratorstofacilitatethe
event.ItwillbeheldonSaturdayatthefootballfield.Studentsandstaffwillvoteonwhichmoviewillbe
shown.Theywillhavetwodaystogivetheirsuggestionsonthemediacenterwebsiteorinasuggestion
boxinthemediacenter.ThewinningmoviewillbeannouncedWednesday.Theeventwillbefree.The
mediaspecialistshouldcollaboratewithBoosterparentswhomaywanttorunconcessionsduringthe
film.Asmallfeewillbechargedtocoverthecostofrentingthemoviescreen.Themediaspecialistmay
alsowanttoseeabouthavingalocalbusinesssponsortheevent.
Themediaspecialistwillcollaboratewithvariousteacherstohavespecificsubgroupsof
studentscompleteprojectsrelatedtoBannedBooksWeekaswell.Manyoftheassignmentswill
requirestudentstobeginworkingtheweekbeforeBannedBooksWeeksothattheirprojectswillbe
finishedintime.ForDramaandTheaterstudents,themediaspecialistshouldteamupwiththeteachers
inthatdepartmenttocreateanassignmentthatwouldhavestudentsreadabannedbookoftheir
choosing.Studentswillselectacharactertoportrayanddeliveramonologuespokenbythecharacter.
Alternatively,afewstudentsreadingthesamebookmayperformaselectedscene.Theperformances
willbedoneinclassFriday.Teachersthroughouttheschoolwillbeencouragedtobringtheirstudents
bytoseetheperformances.MembersoftheDramaClubwhoarenotenrolledintheaterclasseswill
alsobeencouragedtoparticipate.Themediaspecialistmayneedtoworkwithclassroomteachersof
thesestudentstofacilitatetheirparticipation.
ThemediaspecialistwillalsobeinvolvedinaBannedBooksunittargetedatAmerican
Governmentstudents.StudentswillbeaskedtoinvestigatethehistoryofbookbanningintheU.S.In
themediacenter,studentswillresearchthereasonsgivenforchallengingbooksandinvestigate
prominentcourtcasesontheissueandtheirsubsequentrulings.Studentswillalsobeaskedtoreadthe
FirstAmendmentandwriteashortessayonhowitrelatestobookbanning.Next,eachclasswillbe
dividedintotwoteamsthatwillarguethepositivesandnegativesofbookbanning.Eachclasswillbe
assignedabannedbooktostudyandresearch.Theywillbeaskedtodefendorspeakoutagainstthe
bookinaninclassdebate.StudentswilllikelyneedtobeginworkingonthistheweekbeforeBanned
BookWeek.
Painting/Drawingstudents,aswellasmembersoftheNationalArtHonorSocietywill
participateinaspecialBannedBooksWeekprojectaswell.Thesestudentswillberesponsiblefor
creatingamuralinthemediacenter.Themuralshouldshowtheschoolwhatcensorshipmeanstothem.
TheweekbeforeBannedBooksWeek,studentswillsketchamockupoftheplannedmuralforthe
mediaspecialistandartteachertoapprove.Workontheprojectwillbeginimmediatelyafterand
shouldtakeplaceduringartclasses.Studentswillbeencouragedtoincludesymbolsintheirworkthat
standforBannedBooks.Forinstance,theymightincludeaScarletAtosymbolizeTheScarletLetter.
Theycouldincludedepictionsofcharactersorbookcovers.Studentswillbeencouraged,butnot
required,tocomeinbeforeandafterschooltoworkontheinstallation.Theworkshouldbecompleted
bytheendoftheweeksothatitmaybeunveiledFridayduringschool.Themediaspecialistshould
photographthemuralandpostanimageonthewebsitetoensurethewholeschoolhastheopportunity
toseeit.Themediaspecialistmayalsowanttosendacopyofthephototolocalnewspapersandnews
stationstoshowofftheworkthestudentsdid.
StudentswhoareontheschoolsnewspaperstaffwillalsoparticipateinBannedBooksWeek.
Thesestudentswillbefocusingonthelocalimpactofbannedbooks.Theywillresearchthehistoryof
bannedorchallengedbooksatschoolsinthearea.Studentswillbeaskedtointerviewmediaspecialists
intheareaaboutwhethertheyvehadanycomplaintsaboutbooks,whichbookshavereceivedthe
mostcomplaints,whatthecomplaintsentailedandhowthematterwashandled.Theywillalsoseek
opinionsfrommediaspecialistsonthepracticeofbanningbooks.Studentswillalsointerviewteachers
andpeersaboutbannedbooksandtheiropinionsonthesubject.Onceinterviewsarecompleted,
studentwillwritenewspaperarticlessharingtheinformationtheyhavecollected.Theywillpublishthe
articlesinaspecialBannedBooksWeekeditionofthepaper.Inadditiontotheinterviews,students
shouldalsoresearchanddiscussFirstAmendmentconsiderations.Somestudentsmayalsowantto
writeOpEdsforthepaper.Inadditiontowritingarticles,thestudentswilltakepicturesforthespread
anddesignthespecialeditionofthepaperusingInDesignandPhotoshop.Thenewspapershouldbe
availableinprintandonthemediacenterwebsite.
Studentswillinvestigatenonfictionsciencebooksthathavebeenbannedorthreatenedinthe
last20years.Studentswillchooseonetexttoreadinitsentirety.Studentswillresearchwhenandwhy
theirselectedbookscameundercriticismandwhathappened.Studentswillwriteanessayabouthow
theythinktheirbannedmaterialshaveshapedthefieldofscienceandwhytheyshouldorshouldnotbe
allowedtostudythesematerials.Thebestpaperswillbeplacedonthelibraryswebsiteandtheauthors
ofthebestessayswillgetafreebannedbook.
BannedBooksWeekisaperfectopportunitytogetSciencestudentsintothemediacenterwith
aspecialactivitytailoredtotheirlessons.TheactivitywilltargetBiologystudentsandwillhavethem
researchingfrequentlybannedorchallengednonfictionbooksthatarescientificinnature,suchas
DarwinsOriginofSpecies.Studentswillselectabookandresearchitshistoryasachallenged
material.Studentswillreadtheirbooksandresearchwhereandwhythebookhasbeenbannedinthe
past.Studentswillbeencouragedtolookforrecentattemptstobanthematerialaswell.Studentswill
alsoinvestigatewhattheoutcomewaswhentheirselectedbookwaschallengedinvariousinstances.
Aftertheresearchisdone,studentswillwriteopinionessays,basedontheirresearch,onhowtheythink
theirbannedbookhasinfluencedthefieldandwhetherthematerialshouldbebannedornot.Students
shouldusetheresearchtheydidtojustifytheirpositions.Tomaketheworkalittlemorefun,themedia
specialistandteacherswillselectthethreebestpapersandplacethemonthelibraryswebsite.The
authorswillberewardedwithagoodgradeandafreebannedbook.
Mediaspecialistsshouldbeginworkingwithteachersonthisprojectseveralweeksinadvance.
Themediaspecialistshouldalsomakesureplentyonbannedbooksareondisplayandareavailablefor
checkout.Itmaybewisetobuysomeebookversionsofbannedbooksthathaveunlimitedaccess.
Themediaspecialistmayalsoconsiderreachingouttothelocalpubliclibrarytohavesomebooksset
asideforstudents.MediaspecialistswillalsowanttopurchaseprizebooksforwinnersofBanned
BooksWeekcontests.Themediaspecialistwillalsowanttodesignpostersandotherpropagandato
promotethespecialeventafewweeksinadvancesoallstudentswillknowitscomingup.
Collaborationwithteachers,administrators,studentsandcommunitymemberswillbeimperativeforthis
event.
Belowisachartversionofthevariousactivitiesmentionedthatshouldbeimplemented,bothfor
theentireschoolandforspecificsubgroups.AmericanAssociationofSchoolLibraries,CommonCore,
GeorgiaPerformanceandQualityCoreCurriculumstandardscoveredbytheseactivitiesarealso
included.Thereisalistofhelpfulwebsiteslistedbelowthetablethatmaybeusedtoaidinthe
implementationoftheBannedBooksWeekschoolwidemediaprogram.Wehavealsoincludeda
couplepicturesofsampledisplaysthatmaybeusedtopromoteBannedBooksWeekinthelibrary.
BannedBooksWeek:Discover
WhatYoureMissing
GradeLevels912
Group QCCStandard/GPS Descriptionofactivity
EntireSchool http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/fi InhonoroftheALAsannualBanned
les/content/guidelinesandstandards/learnin
gstandards/AASL_LearningStandards.pd
f
AASL3.35
Contributetotheexchangeofideaswithin
andbeyondthelearningcommunity.
AASL3.37
Respecttheprinciplesofintellectual
freedom.
https://www.georgiastandards.org/Comm
onCore/Common%20Core%20Framew
orks/CCGPS_ELA_1112_Standards%
28AdvComp%29.pdf
CCGPS
ELACC1112SL4:
Presentinformation,findings,and
supportingevidence,conveyingaclear
anddistinctperspective,suchthat
listenerscanfollowthelineofreasoning,
alternativeoropposingperspectivesare
addressed,andtheorganization,
development,substance,and
styleareappropriatetopurpose,
audience,andarangeorformaland
informaltasks
https://www.georgiastandards.org/Comm
onCore/Common%20Core%20Framew
orks/CCGPS_ELA_910_Standards.pdf
CCGPS
ELACC910SL4:
Presentinformation,findings,and
supportingevidenceclearly,concisely,
andlogicallysuchthatlistenerscanfollow
thelineofreasoningandtheorganization,
development,substance,andstyleare
appropriatetopurpose,audience,and
task.
BooksWeekevent,themediacenterwill
hostseveralspecialeventscelebrating
studentsfreedomtoreadandtheirfirst
amendmentrights.Incelebrationofthe
specialweek,studentswillselecta
bannedbooktoread.Theywillthen
chooseafavoritepassagefromtheir
chosenbooktoreadoncamera.They
willalsoexplainbrieflywhatthey
enjoyedaboutthebookorhowthe
bookenrichedthem.Thevideoclipswill
beplacedontheschoolwebsitefor
studentsandstafftoview.Studentsand
staffwillvoteonthetopthreevideos.
Winnerswillbeawardedabannedbook
prize.
ThelibrarywillalsohostaGuessthe
bookcontestfeaturingbannedbooks.
Apassagefromabannedbookwillbe
placedonthemediacenterwebsite
everymorningandreadonthemorning
announcements.Studentswillhavethe
opportunitytoguesswherethepassage
camefrom.Thewinner(s)eachdaywill
getaspecialprize.
Aspecialoutdoorscreeningofamovie
basedonabannedbookwillbe
availableforstudentsattheendofthe
weektowrapupBannedBookWeek
events.Studentswillhavetwodaysto
voteonthemovietheywouldliketosee.
Theycansubmittheirvoteonthemedia
centerwebsite.Thewinningmoviewill
bedecidedandannouncedon
Wednesday.
Drama/
Theater
GPS
https://www.georgiastandards.org/standar
Dramastudentswillchooseacharacter
fromabannedbooktoportrayand
ds/GPS%20Support%20Docs/Fine_Arts
_Theatre_GPS_Final_2112010.pdf

TAHSFTII.3
Actingbydeveloping,communicating,
andsustainingroleswithinavarietyof
situationsandenvironments
a.Investigatesmentalandemotional
methodsofactorforpreparation
bDemonstratesawarenessofverbal
elementsofacting(e.g.,voice,breathing)
c.Demonstratesnonverbalelementsof
acting(e.g.,posture,facialexpression,
physicalmovement)
d.Acquiresandincorporatessensoryand
emotionalrecallincharacterdevelopment
e.Constructsauthenticcharactersthrough
observationofhumanbehavior
f.Demonstratesthegoals,observations,
actions,andtacticsofcharacters

TAHSADI.3
Actingbydeveloping,communicating,
andsustainingroleswithinavarietyof
situationsandenvironments
a.Examinestheskillsandtasks
associatedwithactingonstage
b.Exploresthedevelopmentofanactor's
skillsandresources
c.Createscharactersusingthetoolsand
resourcesofactingtoavarietyofformal
andinformalperformances.
deliveramonologuespokenbythe
characterorperformascenefromthe
book.Studentswillreadtheentirebook
togainabetterunderstandingoftheir
characters.Thescenes/monologueswill
beperformedduringaspecialshowing
afterschool.
American
Government
Classes
https://www.georgiastandards.org/standar
ds/Georgia%20Performance%20Standar
ds/AmericanGovernment.pdf
SSCG6 The student will demonstrate
knowledgeofcivillibertiesandcivilrights.
A. Examine the Bill of Rights with
emphasis on the First Amendment
freedoms.
D. Explain how government seeks to
maintain the balance between individual
libertiesandthepublicinterest.
StudentsinAmericangovernmentwill
lookatthehistoryofbanningbooksin
theU.Sandresearchthereasonsforand
againstsuchameasure.Studentswill
alsostudytheFirstAmendmentand
considerhowbanningbooksaffectsthe
freedomsprotectedbyit.Eachclasswill
thenbedividedintotwoteams,thepro
teamandtheconteam.Eachclasswill
thenbeassignedafrequentlybanned
bookthattheywillthenresearchand
ELACC1112RH1:
Citespecifictextualevidencetosupport
analysisofprimaryandsecondary
sources,connectinginsightsgainedfrom
specificdetailstoanunderstandingofthe
textasawhole.
ELACC1112RH2:
Determinethecentralideasorinformation
ofaprimaryorsecondarysource
provideanaccuratesummarythatmakes
cleartherelationshipsamongthekey
detailsandideas.
ELACC1112RH7:
Integrateandevaluatemultiplesourcesof
informationpresentedindiverseformats
andmedia(e.g.,visually,quantitatively,as
wellasinwords)inordertoaddressa
questionorsolveaproblem.
ELACC910RH1:
Citespecifictextualevidencetosupport
analysisofprimaryandsecondary
sources,attendingtosuchfeaturesasthe
dateandoriginoftheinformation.
ELACC910RH2:
Determinethecentralideasorinformation
ofaprimaryorsecondarysource
provideanaccurate
summaryofhowkeyeventsorideas
developoverthecourseofthetext.
defendorprosecute.Oncestudentsare
finishedresearching,theywillconducta
debateinclassoverthebannedbook
andwhetheritshouldbebannedornot.
Paintingand
Drawing
Students/
NationalArt
Honor
Society
Students
GPS
https://www.georgiastandards.org/standar
ds/GPS%20Support%20Docs/Fine_Arts
_Visual_GPS_Final_2112010.pdf
VAHSDRPR.1&VAHSPAPR.1
Incorporateselementsandprinciplesof
designtosolvespecificvisualarts
problemsandtocommunicateideasand
emotions,culminatinginafinishedwork
Studentsindrawingandpaintingclasses
willcreateamuralthatdepictswhat
censorshipmeanstothem.Itwillbe
paintedonawallinthemediacenter.
Themuralshouldincludesymbolsor
representationsfrombannedbooks.For
instance,studentsmightpaintaredletter
AtosymbolizeTheScarletLetter,or
theymightpaintalightningboltto
symbolizethecallstobantheHarry
ofart.
c./d.Appliescompositionalprinciplesto
createsuccessfulrepresentationaland
nonobjectiveartwork

VAHSDRPR.5&VAHSPAPR.6
Plansandpresentsappropriateexhibitof
ownartwork
a.Exhibitsartworkwithawritten
supportingstatementthatcommunicates
purposeand/orintent
b.Preparesownartworktobeexhibited
intheclassroomandintheschool
community.
Potterbookseries.
Journalism/
Newspaper
JournalismIQCC:
https://www.georgiastandards.org/standar
ds/GPS%20Support%20Docs/Journalism
%20I%20QCC.docx
30Topic:Writing/Usage/Grammar
Standard:Usesavarietyofwritingstyles
forvariousaudiences(newsstories,
features,sports,andeditorials).
31Topic:Writing/Usage/Grammar
Standard:Developscreativeexpression.
Journalism/Newspaperstudentswill
researchthehistoryofbannedbooksin
theircommunityorstateandcraftarticles
basedontheinformationtheyuncover.
Theresearchprocessshouldinclude
interviewswithlocalmediaspecialists,
teachersandstudents.Otherstudents
willwriteOpEdsonwhetherbooks
shouldbebannedandwhy.Other
articleswillweightheimplicationsbook
banninghasonFirstAmendmentrights.
Articleswillbeculminatedinaspecial
editionofthepaper.Inadditionto
writingthearticles,thestudentswillhave
todesignthespreadusingInDesignand
Photoshop.
Biology
Students
https://www.georgiastandards.org/standar
ds/Georgia%20Performance%20Standar
ds/BiologyCurriculumrevised06.pdf
SCSh9.
Studentswillenhancereadinginall
curriculumareasby:
a.Readinginallcurriculumareas.
Readaminimumof25gradelevel
appropriatebooksperyearfromavariety
ofsubjectdisciplinesandparticipatein
discussionsrelatedtocurricularlearningin
allareas.
Studentswillinvestigatenonfiction
sciencebooksthathavebeenbannedor
threatenedinthelast20years.Students
willchooseonetexttoreadinits
entirety.Studentswillresearchwhenand
whytheirselectedbookscameunder
criticismandwhathappened.Students
willwriteanessayabouthowtheythink
theirbannedmaterialshaveshapedthe
fieldofscienceandwhytheyshouldor
shouldnotbeallowedtostudythese
materials.Thebestpaperswillbeplaced
onthelibraryswebsiteandtheauthors
Readbothinformationalandfictionaltexts
inavarietyofgenresandmodesof
discourse.
Readtechnicaltextsrelatedtovarious
subjectareas.
b.Discussingbooks
Discussmessagesandthemesfrombooks
inallsubjectareas.
Respondtoavarietyoftextsinmultiple
modesofdiscourse.
Relatemessagesandthemesfromone
subjectareatomessagesandthemesin
anotherarea.
Evaluatethemeritoftextsineverysubject
discipline.
Examineauthorspurposeinwriting.
Recognizethefeaturesofdisciplinary
texts.
SB5.
Studentswillevaluatetheroleofnatural
selectioninthedevelopmentofthetheory
ofevolution.
a.Tracethehistoryofthetheory.
ofthebestessayswillgetafreebanned
book.
HelpfulWesbites:

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek
http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10#toptenlists
http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/