Seventh grade Humanities students just completed a unit centered on censorship and books that have been challenged or banned here in the United States. Students read such books as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1984 by George Orwell, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut to name a few. In addition to reading and then writing persuasive essays on their personal views for or against the banning of the book they had completed, students also immersed themselves into independent and group art projects, formal letters to districts that have banned books, presentations, and debates.
Check out some of the banned book posters and book jackets seventh grade students created.
In addition to projects, many seventh grade students are currently working on the action component of the unit. These actions involve everything from bringing awareness to banned books through the creation of a “banned book nook” that is being worked on for placement in the Westside School library to conducting banned book lessons in the Lower School. Stay tuned for more pictures as these actions are carried out here on campus!