Help young students understand what it means to have the freedom to express ideas through books and drawings.
Students will learn about the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of expression and about censorship by looking at the examples of banned children’s books. Then they will get a taste of the effect censorship has on free expression by creating two murals — one created freely and one censored.
GRADE LEVEL: Elementary school
TIME: 30-60 minutes
MATERIALS: Copies of “Why Was It Banned?” matching game worksheet (download); large pieces of paper/cardboard for murals; markers, paint or crayons; copies of mural rules.
- Print copies of the matching game worksheet, one per group.
- Print and display copies of “Free! Mural Rules” and “Censored! Mural Rules.”