Let's add some of the ideas we're working on, lessons we're creating, and ways to collaborate with teachers in our buildings.

Display Ideas-
September is Self Improvement Month. Using the book, Eat this, Not That, we're creating a display with wrappers and containers from the foods mentioned. For example- Arby's is an Eat This, while McD's is a Not That so we're putting a wrapper from Arby's next to a wrapper from McD's. (sz)

Sept. 24-Oct. 1- Banned Books Week. We'll pull banned books, wrap them in brown paper, write the title on the front, and hang a large sign above the display that reads "Don't Read These Books!." Also, create a 3D American flag using the red and blue spines of banned books. Announcements this week look like:

Monday: This week is Banned Books Week- an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Intellectual freedom is the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Celebrate your right to read by checking out the display in the library of banned books.
Tuesday: Each day, all across the country, one of our most basic freedoms — the right to read — is in danger. In communities large and small, censorship attempts threaten to undermine our freedom to read. Banned Books Week stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them. Wanna see what all the noise is about? Come check out the books for yourself in the library.
Wednesday: What do Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Gone with the Wind all have in common? They are banned books! Banned Books Week seeks to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when we restrict information in a free society. Ask your teachers about the banned books they have read and check one out for yourself in the library.
Thursday: Did you know that The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank was once banned because “it is a real ‘downer.’”? When we speak up to protect the right to read, we not only defend our individual right to free expression, we demonstrate tolerance and respect for opposing points of view. And when we take action to preserve our precious freedoms, we become participants in the ongoing evolution of our democratic society. Pick up a banned book today! (sz)banned_books_week_001.jpgbanned_books_week_003.jpgbanned_books_week_005.jpg
Say It Isn't So- Discarded books display

Lesson Plans-
Sophomore English- (sz)

We're working with Soph. English teachers to plan a field trip to see Chris Crutcher at the Topeka Public Library. The library will either sponsor an essay contest about banned books or choose from submitted essays from English class to determine eligibility for attendance. (sz)