Banned Books Webquest – The Task

Step One
Complete the Banned Books Webquest Assignment and hand it in with your poster. It is worth 20 points.

Now that you have a little background on banned books, it’s time to create your poster project. Remember, the purpose of your project is to inform students and faculty about book banning and censorship and to…

  • Show an appreciation of our First Amendment Rights
  • Encourage the reading of banned books (and all books)

See the sample posters from previous years. Your poster will be about a specific book (or series) or a specific censorship case you learned about through the webquest or through your research.

Step Two
Select a book, series, author that is or has been associated with book banning.  To do this, check the list of banned books at the American Library Association’s The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books by Decade. You may also use any of the Banned Books Resource Guides located in the reference section of the library (REF 098.1).  Once you’ve decided on a book, go to the Google Doc posted here and sign up. Remember, multiple classes are doing this project and we want to feature as many books as possible, so please choose a different book if you already see it on the list twice. Add your name, teacher and period to this Google Spreadsheet.

Step Three
Does the Tappan Zee High School Library have your book? Does the high school include this book in its curriculum?  Check our online catalog to see if the library has a copy of the book.

Step Four
Write a short paragraph about your banned book. Be sure to include the reason given for banning, restricting, or challenging the book. You may wish to note whether or not the book is in the TZHS Library or in the SOCSD curriculum.

  • Why was your book challenged or banned?
  • Was there a court case?
  • What was the end result?
  • Where did this take place?
  • Who were the book banners?
  • How did they explain their reasons?
  • When did this happen?
  • What was the end result?

You can find this information in our print sources, at the banned books online web site (where you can actually READ the banned book itself) or do your own search using the Gale database, a periodical database on the library’s research page. Plot summaries can also be found on our Novelist database.  The ALA also has a page to assist students in researching banned books.

Be sure to cite your sources. Your paragraph should include internal citations and a separate sheet should include your works cited. You can put it on the back of your poster.  This is worth 10 points. Use Easybib to create your Works Cited.

When you have answered all of the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How questions on your particular book, series, author, or court case, you are ready to create your poster. Your project can be serious or funny, direct or satirical.  ​

Step Five
Create your project. Be prepared to explain it to others and include the short paragraph. You can see some examples here. Remember that these will be posted for others to view, so do your best work. Your name, teacher, and class period should appear on the front of the poster as such:  Jane Doe/McMane per. 2