Keep Them Reading: An Anti-Censorship Handbook for Educators

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Keep Them Reading is a concise handbook for teachers, librarians, administrators, and district personnel about how to prevent censorship in a school or district-and what to do if it happens. Written by two award-winning authors who have devoted much of their careers to anti-censorship work, this book discusses the overall importance of reading in all academic endeavors and demonstrates how challenges and censorship can derail even the best literacy program.

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Overview

Keep Them Reading is a concise handbook for teachers, librarians, administrators, and district personnel about how to prevent censorship in a school or district-and what to do if it happens. Written by two award-winning authors who have devoted much of their careers to anti-censorship work, this book discusses the overall importance of reading in all academic endeavors and demonstrates how challenges and censorship can derail even the best literacy program.

Each chapter contains practical tools, advice, and resources for building understanding about issues of intellectual freedom and for creating a plan to help all parties work through challenges before they turn into damaging censorship incidents. The last chapter contains advice from authors who have dealt with censorship, such as Judy Blume, and experts on the subject, such as Joan Bertin, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Features:

Procedures for dealing with censorship challenges before they arise.

Protocols to help teachers and librarians meet challenges and resist censorship.

Samples of actual letters teachers can use to defend their selection of a text.

Detailed suggestions for conducting meetings with parents and district personnel.

Helpful lists of books dealing with censorship, relevant court cases, and national organizations offering support and resources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807753781
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/16/2012
  • Series: Language and Literacy Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 789,139
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Pat Scales ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Addressing Concerns and Complaints 2

Formal Challenges 2

Media Attention 3

Community Support 4

Lines in the Sand 4

Legal Action 5

Going Forward 5

Preparing for the Storm 6

Looking for the Light 6

1 Why Reading Matters 9

The Research About Reading 11

Classroom Libraries 13

Advantages of Student-Selected Reading 15

Reading and the Common Core Standards 18

For the Love of Books 19

2 Understanding Challenges and Censorship 20

What Is Censorship? 21

Academic Freedom 22

Types of Censorship 23

Challenges 28

Principles of Intellectual Freedom 33

3 Developing a Philosophy, Engaging the Community 34

Developing a Philosophy 35

Inviting the Community to the Table 36

Student Activities for Banned Books Week 37

Community Events for Banned Books Week 39

Censorship Simulation 42

Coming Together 47

4 Preparing for a Challenge 48

District Policy on Challenged Materials 49

Reconsideration of Challenged Materials 50

Honoring Family Standards 50

Letters to Parents 52

Honoring Student Values 53

Alternate Selections 54

Rationales for Instructional Materials 54

Student Evaluation of Texts 57

Make No Assumptions 58

5 Facing a Challenge 59

Addressing Concerns About Whole-Class Reading 60

Organizing for Action 62

Knowing They Critics 64

Connecting with Allies, Within and Beyond Your Community 65

Relying on Each Other 66

6 Collecting Wisdom 67

Voices of Young Adult and Children Authors 68

Voices of Those Who Know a Few Things About Censorship 73

Appendix A Censorship Quotations to Prompt Thinking and Discussion 83

Appendix B Books That Deal with Censorship for Use with Students or Communities 84

Appendix C Court Decisions Regarding Intellectual Freedom/Censorship in Schools 85

Appendix D National Organizations That Offer Support and Resources for Challenges and Censorship 90

References 92

Index 95

About the Authors 100

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