Banned Books Essay Prompts

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Banning books is a controversial practice. This lesson provides writing prompts to help students explore and think about the implications and consequences of banning books.

Writing about Banned Books

Have any of your students ever read:

  • The Holy Bible?
  • Captain Underpants?
  • The Hunger Games?
  • Twilight?
  • To Kill A Mockingbird?

If so, then they've read a banned or challenged book. Every year, people and organizations seek to ban hundreds of books from inclusion in libraries and schools. Banning books is such a controversial practice that schools, libraries, and bookstores often celebrate Banned Books Week to encourage people to read them.

One way to get your students interested in learning about banned books and related controversies is to have them write about the topic. In this lesson, you'll find informative, persuasive, and narrative writing prompts that'll provide your students with a starting point for a deeper understanding of this complex topic.

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