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Dr_CathyCollins
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One more question for this group: is anyone doing any teaching around the growth in book challenges and its relationship to culture wars and the current misinformation crisis?

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Molly June Roquet
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This may be more elementary than what you're after, but I did a lesson about this during banned books week for our fifth graders. 

 

I opened by sharing some of the ALA infographics about book challenges/bans in the previous year  ( https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/freedownloads) and asked them what they noticed and what information they could pull from the data. Students figured out right away that many book bans were targeting Black and LGBTQIA+ authors/topics/history, and we spent some time discussing and processing that. Then we looked at an example, recent at the time, of how students and community members fought a book ban (background: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/02/us/york-pennsylvania-school-books.html); students spent some time looking through some of the books that had been targeted in that ban, and I shared some social media posts from students and community members who agitated against the ban in various ways. Finally, I had them brainstorm how they might respond to book challenges and bans, either in their community or across the country.

 

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Dr_CathyCollins
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Thank you, Molly! Just seeing this post- much appreciated! 🙂

Cathy

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Miriam
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Thank you both for raising this important issue. Our Colorado ambassador Amanda Escheman is hosting a related free webinar April 26, along with Julia Torres, John Silva and educator reporter Erica Brunlin:

Tumultuous Topics in the Classroom

Please join us!

Also related - our DC ambassador K.C. Boyd just shared this article today: https://www.washingtoninformer.com/d-c-public-school-librarians-eyeing-book-bans-across-america/  

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