In our AP Language class, we will be studying the art of persuasion throughout the year. Although we will focus mostly on non-fiction, I want them to have the opportunity to engage with some of the great works of American literature - all of which, at some point, have been banned. In alignment with the ALA’s banned books week, students will read a “banned book” of their choosing, research the history of its controversy, and create a persuasive project defending either the book or its censors (although I doubt many will choose the latter option). Reading these books will challenge students to explore both the nature and history of controversy and hone their own persuasive skills, and will help them to continue their growth as critical readers of high-level texts. Because of the freedom of choice, this project will help develop students as independent readers and give them a greater investment in the texts.
Great literature prompts us to question and challenges our perceptions, and my students are hungry for this opportunity to explore.
Your donations to this project will provide both my current and future students with the opportunity to engage in a critical conversation about literature and the role of control in our society. Because of the socioeconomic make-up of our student body, many of my students would not be able to purchase these books on their own. Your contribution helps provide them with both exposure to great literature and an opportunity for personal growth.
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