Students Mark National Banned Book Week with Virtual Read-Out

http://vimeo.com/106822668 What do Captain Underpants, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone have in common? They all landed on a list of banned books at some point during their rise to bestseller status. In shared support of the freedom to read, think, and express ideas, Ross students will celebrate National Banned Book Week September 22–26.

Dale Scott, director of Library and Information Services at Ross Upper School encourages all students to visit their libraries and pick up a banned book. “We have Banned Books and information in the Ross Café, and in the grades 7 and 8 library, there are books wrapped in paper with ‘clues’ about the titles,” she said.

Students in World Languages and Literature Teacher Kerrie Tinsley-Stribling’s Banned Books elective participated in a Virtual Read-Out, reading excerpts from banned books and discussing freedom of expression. Students familiarized themselves with a variety of texts that have been banned or challenged, and many of them were shocked at the inclusion of some titles on the list. Focusing on children’s literature in particular, students read texts so that they could personally evaluate the content and formulate opinions about the challenges against the works.

“Students are learning about the idea of intellectual freedom. Participating in the Virtual Read-Out gave them a platform from which to express themselves,” Kerrie said.