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"I'm With the Banned": Celebrating #speakloudly and the Reader's Right to Choose

Presentation for a mass com class on censorship and book banning in public schools.

Glenda Funk

on 3 October 2013

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Transcript of "I'm With the Banned": Celebrating #speakloudly and the Reader's Right to Choose

Most commonly banned books:
Speak: Laurie Hulse Anderson
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Sherman Alexie
Reasons for banning:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1. Language:
Racial slurs such as use of the "N" word.
The Color Purple
To Kill a Mockingbird
2. Sexual content:
The Catcher in the Rye
3. Confusing fantasy w/ reality
Bridge to Terabithia
Harry Potter books
Lord of the Flies
4. Taking the Lord's name in vain.
Of Mice and Men
5. Violence
Slauterhouse Five
6. Unsuitability for Children
The Bluest Eye
My experiences:
The Things They Carried
"profane article"
The Bible
"You can't teach religion in school."
The Scarlet Letter
Teachers' Stories:
I'm With the Banned: Celebrating #speakloudly and a Reader's Right to Choose
Glenda Funk, MA English;NBPTS: AYA/ELA
Highland H.S.
Pocatello, Idaho
The Kite Runner: Denied based on "homosexuality."
Living Dead Girl: Challenged "disturbing child predator."
The Giver: Killing babies
Totally Joe: 7th grade boy who is gay.
Preemtive Moves:
Alternative text
District/school policy
Parent approval prior to reading
Articulate curriculum reasons for choice
Why choice matters

For more:
"Leave Poor Huck Alone"
Hanging by a Book:
Twitter id: @gmfunk

Banning in the twitterverse
The Handmaid's Tale: criticism of
evangelical religious structures
And Tango Makes Three: homosexuality
Ellen Hopkins: Crank,Glass,etc.
The Things They Carried
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