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Banned Books Week. September 30 th – October 6 th , 2012. Think for yourself. Mrs. Bambino – English 8. Think of some personal freedoms that you enjoy having. How about the freedom to read?. What does it mean to ban a book?.

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banned books week

Banned Books Week

September 30th – October 6th, 2012

Think for yourself. Mrs. Bambino – English 8

what does it mean to ban a book
What does it mean to ban a book?
  • Banning a book means removing it from schools and libraries to restrict people from reading it because someone considers the ideas in the book inappropriate of offensive.
  • “Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information.” - American Library Association

How many of you have read this book?

This was one of the most banned books of the 1990s!


How many of you remember this book?

It was actually banned in Texas in 2010.


How about the dictionary?

It was banned in California elementary schools in 2010.

steps of the ppa
Steps of the PPA

Define the Problem

Gather Evidence

Identify the Causes

Examine Existing Policy

Develop New Solutions

Select the Best Solution


Existing Policy…

In the United States, any person or organization can challenge a book at their public library or school district. Challenging a book means giving reasons it should be banned!

The library or school district then decides whether or not to make the book available to the public.

take a few minutes to journal
Take a few minutes to journal…

Should a library or school

be permitted to ban books?

What is the danger in banning books?

HINT: What is the danger in banning IDEAS?

Does banning books violate

your personal freedoms? Why or why not?


“The man who does not read good books has

no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”

-Mark Twain