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Censorship 20/20

 

Project Title:  Controversial Literature Hits the School:  An Investigative Report

Software Used:  iMovie (news program) or Word (magazine)

Subject and Grade Level:  12th Grade English

Intergrated Subject Areas Also Covered:   History, Music, Art (or any area that can study protests)

Standards:  12.1.1, 12.1.2, 12.1.4, 12.1.8, 12.2.1, 12.2.2, 12.2.3, 12.3.1, 12.3.2

Suggestions:  I use this as a culminating assignment in my censorship unit.  Students have already researched historical cases of censorship, studied the words in the Bill of Rights, read a child’s censored book, read a censored novel, researched challenged and banned books as well as court cases dealing with censorship, written a persuasive paper with their view of censorship and where the line should be drawn, and interviewed multiple generations of people as to their view of censorship.

Materials needed:  costumes and props, digital camcorder or camera, paper for newspaper article

Lesson Plans/Directions:  At the conclusion of the censorship unit, I have students create a final project that synthesizes all information learned into one major project.  I allow students to either work together on a news program or write a special edition of a magazine on their own.  Either way, the final product must include all aspects of the censorship unit and advertising (commercials for 20/20 or ads for magazine).  I usually allow 3 to 5 days for the entire project since it is really just putting information that they have learned into a new, more creative format.  Students do most of the video work on their own time so it’s nice to assign the project at least a week before you actually give them days to do it.  (In fact, I usually introduce the unit with one of my examples from previous years so students know that the information they are learning will be part of a larger project.)