1. Choose individual “banned book” and begin reading for final paper.
Choose from: Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (Must read if you haven’t ever), The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous, Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson, Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez, The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
2. Create dialectical journal as you read.You are required to produce four pages of a dialectical journal each week for a total of twelve.
3. At the conclusion of the reading, write a paper in response to this prompt: In general, this paper should consider why this book encountered censorship/ bans or its author faced problems after the publication of the book. Based upon your reading and perhaps some research about the time in which the book was written, what elements of this book made people afraid of its widespread publication? Consider the lectures and other notes when discussing this aspect. Although all of these books are now considered classics today, why do you believe (based upon YOUR reading) that this book or author faced so much controversy? Avoid plot summary and keep it interesting! Use direct quotations for support. Remember to answer “SO WHAT?” (Typed, double spaced, 750- 1000 words).