Two activities help young students understand what it means to have the freedom to express ideas through books and drawings.
OBJECTIVE: 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
TIME: 45 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.”