This guide is meant as a starting point to Banned Books Week for middle school students (5th-8th grade). The guide should be explored with a teacher, or librarian, and can be used for any special lessons that will take place during Banned Books Week (and beyond!)
Specifically for research, this guide will be used for a 7th Grade Humanities short research unit taking place during Banned Books week. The scope of this project will cover many aspects of Banned Books Week, as well book banning, and censorship. There will be some level of choice in which aspects students will be researching for their projects. Suggested research questions include:
What is the history of Banned Books Week?
What is the history of book banning & censorship in the United States?
What are a few case studies of where, and when book banning has occurred?
Which titles are frequently banned, and for what reasons?
How, and/or why do educational institutions honor Banned Books Week today?
Wherever possible, I have included helpful tip boxes, including the "Keyword Tips for Researching Banned Books" & the "Accessing Databases Off Campus" box, which has instructions for accessing our online library resources.