Honors Fourth Quarter IRA Options - Banned Books or Classic Literature
Banned Book Essay
Many books have been challenged and/or successfully banned by a school, community, or other group for various reasons. After you have completed your quarter four outside reading (banned books), you will write an essay considering the following:
-Where, when, and why was the book banned? Was the proposed ban universal, or was it limited to a specific segment of society? Was the ban passed unanimously? If not, try to establish by what percentage the group agreed.
-What are the intrinsic (fundamental, essential, deep-down) values of this book? Does it teach valuable lessons or explore important issues? Does it cast light on a historical era or a group of people, etc.?
-And finally, should access to this book be banned, required, or limited in any way? How and why?
The usual rules apply-
12pt Times New Roman font
No extra lines between paragraphs
No slang or clichés
No 1st or 2nd person pronouns
Include 2 direct quotes from source
Classic Literature Essay
A classic novel is a novel that stands the test of time. They are novels whose themes, while written decades or centuries (or even millennia!) ago, connect and are found in the world today. While reading this novel, you are to ask yourself these questions- why is this novel considered a classic? What are the major themes and conflicts found in these novels and how do they related to the world today? Your assignment is to find these themes and conflicts and discuss how they can be applied to the present. This will take some created thinking on your part to see how the themes for years ago are still relevant today. In order to support your thesis, you are going to have to quote from the novel to give some credibility to your argument.
- Minimum of 5 paragraphs long
- 12 point font
- Times New Roman only
- Double spaced
- Complete heading
- Original title
- No extra spaces between paragraphs
- No slang or clichés
- At least 2 quotes from the novel that support your argument
- No 1st or 2nd person pronouns.