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Introduction | Learners | Standards | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusions

 

Introduction

This lesson was developed as part of the Warrensburg, Missouri School District's WebQuest Academy project, a State-funded Competitive Technology Grant.

This lesson is designed to be a part of a Realistic Fiction reading unit combined with a Persuasive Writing unit. It is intended to give students an opportunity to learn about character development as well as allow them to begin to appreciate different points of view.

After they learn about propaganda techniques and other persuasive methods, the students will also have a chance to write a letter expressing their opinions regarding the banning of books and calling for action from local representatives.

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 Learners

This lesson is anchored in eighth grade language arts (Reading Skills/Rhetorical Writing class). However, depending on the students (and content), teachers may not want to involve the students in the reading aloud of books from the banned book list.

Learners will need to have knowledge of persuasive techniques prior to beginning this lesson. (Limit this to the most critical skills that could not be picked up "on the fly" as the lesson is given.)

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Curriculum Standards

 

Language Arts Standards Addressed

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Process

Refer also to the process description given to students in the Students' Pages.

These Web-Quest lessons were organized as a two-day series of lessons in the technology lab, planned for the middle of our Reading/Rhetorical Writing class' Persuasive Unit. After reading a realistic fiction novel, we discussed various propaganda techniques and persuasive writing methods.

I would strongly suggest this WebQuest be incorporated into a unit later in the school year, when the students have already had previous reading and writing instruction.

The students may be divided into groups of each role (i.e., student, teacher, parent, author, or teacher), they may form groups of four, with one student representing one role; this way the idea of respecting others' points of view could be easily communicated.

This WebQuest, because it deals with controversial subject matter, may be a stumbling block in itself. Parts of it may be used, however, without referring to a specific book.

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Resources Needed

 

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Evaluation

Refer to the evaluation section of the student page into this space and add any clarifications needed for you to make use of this lesson.

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Conclusion

Censorship continues to be a topic of much controversy. Schools across the nation have entered into the debate regarding First Amendment Rights, Students' Right to Read, and Parental Concern, causing certain books to be removed from libraries-- or even burned!

I feel students have a right to explore all kinds of topics and begin to learn how to make their own decisions, as well as know how to express them.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please drop me a line at :

moagueros@warrensburg.k12.mo.us

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