Animal Farm and its Banned Book Analysis
Students will answer the following poll everywhere question upon entering the classroom using their cell phones or media devices: What most often gets books banned in a school scenario: sex, profanity, religion, or violence.
Discussion will include how these four topics affect their daily lives as students and which are more prevalent in the literature, tv shows, and movies of which they are familiar.
2 Direct Instruction
Students will watch a slide show listing seven popular banned books using PBS Newshour Extra (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons_plans/a-look-at-the-history-of...).
Students will view a map online that shows challenged books across the country.
Students will summarize their findings in a 1*5 paragraph. What regions have the most banned books? Students will hypothesize why.
3 Guided Practice
Students will examine excerpts of the Animal Farm text and practice close reading through group discussion and a graphic organizer. Why might this excerpt cause Russia to push for banning Animal Farm?
4 Independent Practice
Students will choose a side arguing for or against the banning of Animal Farm based on informational text they have read and information gained throughout the book study.
Students will present their projects.
Students will complete a ticket out the door. Students will answer the following question on a note card with a 1*5 paragraph response: What do school climates and other atmospheres gain by banning books and what do they lose? Students are encouraged to address Animal Farm as an example in their responses.