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Banned Books: The Outsiders

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Banned Books: The Outsiders
By: S.E. Hinton

Prior Knowledge of Censorship
To be honest, I had no clue what censorship was before I started this project. I also didn't know that people actually banned books and thought it was completely outrageous.
Personal Relevance of Topic
I choose this book because I was left with it and I had already read it. There was also tons of information about why it was banned on the internet.
Table of Contents
Slide 4: Prior Knowledge
Slide 5: Personal Relevance
Slide 6: Sources Used
Slide 7: Best Sources
Slide 8: Problems Encountered
Slide 9: How Research Questions changed
Slide 10: Types of Resources Used
Slide 11: Acknowledgement
Slide 12: Why it was challenged
Slide 13: Why it Shouldn't Be Challenged
Slide 14: Relevant Information
Slide 15: Life Lesson Quotes
Slide 16: What I Would Do Differently Next Time
Slide 17: Censorship Thoughts
Slide 18: How Censorship Affects Me
Slide 19: Both Sides of The Issue: Part 1
Slide 20: Both Sides of The Issue: Part 2
The Outsiders
The Outsiders is a novel written by S. E. Hinton. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the book and 18 when it was published. The Outsiders was quite a controversial book when it was realeased, as it is today!
Sources used in search
Best Sources for Information
The best source for information was on bannedbooks.world.edu. It was an arcticle written by Wolf Baldassarro.
Problems encountered
I did not run into any problems during my research due to how much information was on one site.

How Research Questions Changed
I went from asking, "What in the world is censorship?" to, "How in the heck did I not know what censorship was?"
Types of Research Used
I used the internet and the book.
No one helped me during my research.
Why Might the book have been challenged?
The Outsiders might have been challenged because of language, use of alcohol, use of drugs and violence and murder.
Why it should not be banned
I don't think it should be banned because it shows you what life was like in the 1960's. I have also read the book and nothing inappropriate happens. Gang fights and things like that happen all the time in todays world. All this is doing is just letting us know more about them but from the 1960’s
Relevant information from the Authors career
S.E. Hintons friend was jumped and she wrote about it in The Outsiders, just in more detail to make it interesting.
Life Lesson Quotes
Near the end of the book, Randy says, “You can’t win. You know that, don’t you? It doesn’t matter if you whip us; you’ll still be where you were before, at the bottom. And we’ll still be the lucky ones at the top with all the breaks. It doesn’t matter. Greasers will still be Greasers and Socs will still be Socs. It doesn’t matter.” I think this is basicly the theme of the book. Ponyboy and the rest of the Greasers have gotten no where and it will never change.
What I might do differently next time
I don't think i would do anything differently next time.
Censorship Thoughts
I think censorship is a big waste of time, because everything you read in a book that is fiction...is not real.
How Censorship Will Affect My Life
I will chose different books, maybe something interesting that is non-fiction.
Both sides of the Issue Part 1
I know it’s shocking to hear this, but The Outsiders is one of the most banned books in the United States today. Do you think this is fair or right?
I think it is not fair that The Outsiders is starting to be banned. I think this because The Outsiders is a book that can teach kids a lesson. It teaches you not to smoke and drink or you would be turning into Johnny, Ponyboy, and Dally. Which is not a good situation to be in if that was them. The Outsiders show violence and drugs but also romance and love which is NOT bad at all. Its not like kids are going read a book and go smoke a cigarette and drink. The kids that actually would do It wouldn’t even think about reading a book and just go out and smoke.
The Outsiders is one of the most interesting books I ever read. Maybe to get through those kids heads is to give them a book that they could actually relate to. This book may teach kids that are doing drugs who wants to stop, stop. Ponyboy could help out a lot of kids that have under the influence so that’s why I think The Outsiders should not be banned. Ponyboy, Johnny, Dally, Sodapop, and the gang are great characters in this book, and they’re very entertaining.
Part 2
I know it’s shocking to hear this, but The Outsiders is one of the most banned books in the United States today. Do you think this is fair or right?

I think that banning The Outsiders is understandable. I think that this is fair because The Outsiders is a one of the books that older kids should read. For example, this book has drugs and gang violence in it. I can understand why somebody would want to band The Outsiders. There is already enough drugs and gang violence in the world.

Personally I wouldn’t band The Outsiders because I think most middle school kids could handle it. For example, having a person get jumped isn’t anything new to kids in middle school. One thing that could help prevent The Outsiders from getting banned is to tell people that it shows you valuable lessons. For example, Ponyboy is a very smart boy and doesn’t need a gang to succeed in life.
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