Banned Books WebQuest - Introduction
Did you know that every year in school districts throughout the United States books are challenged or banned. Books, like The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, and ironically, even Fahrenheit 451 which is about censorship and book burning have been targets of the censors. One of the most famous recent cases took place in Arizona, which has a very high Mexican immigrant population. Read the list of books now banned in schools and colleges in Arizona. Many books covered in the Tappan Zee High School curriculum have been banned in other school districts.
A book about censorship, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, was censored in a very specific way. Click here to find out about it.
In this web quest, you will create an attractive, yet informative poster for display in the library or a glog for viewing on the library's big screen or kiosk during Banned Books Week. The purpose of the project is to increase awareness on the issue of censorship and to generate interest in reading. You may work alone, in pairs or in small groups, but we would like to feature as many books as possible. Select a book or author whose work you admire...a book you enjoyed. Your informative poster or glog project will be part of the 10H Banned Book Display that will be viewed in the library during Banned Books Week (September 26 - 30th) and beyond.
First, you need to find out a little bit about censorship, book banning, and the First Amendment.