Banned Book Project Assignment
The following is a list of books that have been banned or challenged by cities or schools across the United States, many of
them in the past 10-20 years. The list was compiled by cross-referencing the American Library Association’s Banned Book List
with a listing of novels which frequently appear on the AP Literature exam.

Students are to choose one of the novels listed below to read and research. The purpose of this assignment is not simply to expose students to literature that some have considered objectionable, but to examine the rhetorical strategies utilized by the authors as well as the reasons each author may have chosen to include the content or language that resulted in the challenges. In the study, students should consider the historical context in which the novel was written as well as the geographical location, the gender and background of the author. Students are to compile research about where, when and why the books have been banned and create an annotated bibliography that cites and summarizes the research they found. As the culminating aspect of the project, students will create a movie poster for the book they chose.

In the event that you do not want your child to read any of the following novels, he or she may choose a novel from the nonfiction reading list provided at the beginning of the year and complete a similar project assignment. I can best be reached by email at .

ALA's 2013 Banned and Challenged Book List

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  6. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  8. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  10. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  11. Native Son by Richard Wright
  12. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
  13. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  14. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  15. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  16. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  17. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  18. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  19. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  20. 1984 by George Orwell
  21. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway
  22. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  23. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  24. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  25. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Banned Book Project Scoring Rubric (135 points)

Annotated Bibliography - Worth 65 points
An annotated bibliography is simply a compilation and summary of the sources that one utilizes when conducting research. At the college level, annotated bibliographies are usually used in conjunction with a research paper. For this project, however, you will only need to compile the research. You should carefully read each source that you find and pin-point the main ideas. Then, in a well-written paragraph, you summarize the main points of the source that support your research. Above the paragraph, you provide the MLA citation information, just as you would on a works cited page for a research essay.

Utilizes at LEAST five credible sources and documents them in proper MLA format (20)

Provides clear, well-written summaries of each source (15)

Provides research that explains historical, geographical, and authorial information relevant to the novel (15)

Provides research that explains where, when, and why book has been banned (15)

Movie Poster - Worth 70 points

Uses visual art to express, communicate, and make meaning (15)

Provides a written rationale that evaluates and analyzes visual information and reflects on how this information is used (25)

Makes connections with text and research that is evident in poster (Ask yourself these questions when creating your poster: Do you support the banning of this book? What particulary about this book has caused controversy? How will you illustrate these elements?) (30)

Total - 135 points

Some help with your annotated bibliography:

The Purdue online writing lab contains a wealth of information for college students (and aspiring college students) regarding the compilation and citing of research in MLA and APA styles. Click on the link below for examples of what your annotated bibliography should look like. Remember, citation makers such as EasyBib and SonOfCitationMachine are okay to use, but you should always check your citations by comparing them to the examples on the Purdue site. Citation generators often aren't updated to the latest MLA requirements. PLEASE COMPARE YOUR ANNOTATION WITH THE SAMLES PROVIDED ON THE PURDUE SITE. By comparing your annotations, you can feel confident in knowing that you have used the correct format.

Purdue OWL Annotated Bibliography samples
Some helpful tips:
  1. An annotated bibliography is a piece of formal academic writing and follows the general rules for all academic writing.
  2. Arrange in alphabetical order
  3. Write in a SINGLE paragraph (usually about 100-300 words, depending on the format but check with your teacher)
  4. Write in full sentences using academic writing style
  5. Use transition words (e.g. furthermore, moreover, however, therefore)
  6. Be concise - mention only significant details in your summary
  7. Use examples from other annotated bibliographies to guide and check your writing style
  8. Do NOT repeat information (e.g. the title) that is already in your citation

Some help with your poster:

You can use Pixlr to help create your poster.

If you have experience with graphic design, or are completing your poster by hand, then you may find more creative or different means for creating your poster. Different photo editing software exists online, but Pixlr seems to be the most user-friendly site that I have found - plus, there is no registration or software to download. If you find something you like better, please feel free to use it!

Upload your annotated bibliographies, posters, and rationales to your project page. If you have a hand-made poster, take a photo of it and upload it on your page as well. Click on your name and it will take you to your own project page.


When uploading your files, please click the "upload" button and extract the file from your computer, rather than selecting a file that pops up from the list. Also, make sure the name of your file contains your name in it - this way you won't overwrite another person's file because both files have the same names. If you feel more comfortable, you can copy and paste your annotation directly on your project page. Sorry if this process has caused any confusion.

Second Block:

Molly A.
Luke B.
Dallas B.
Tim B.
Bailey C.
Keely C.
Sandy D.
Katy D.
Mariah G.
Courtney H.
Hannah H.
Jessica H.
Payton H.
Elizabeth H.
Chase J.
Lexie J.
Gabby J.
Aleesha K.
Michael L.
Marie N.
Angela P.
Katlyn P.
Ryan P.
Amelia R.
Patrick R.
Kirsti S.
Justin S.
Michael S.
Dylan S.
Kendall T.
Morgan W.
Travis W.

Third Block:

Matt B.
Neal C.
Ashlyn C.
Miranda C.
Abby E.
Jonathan E.
Madison F.
David H.
Rachel H.
Kate H.
Rachel How
Stacy K.
Katy K.
Kaye Lin K.
Jack M.
Sadie M.
Madeline M.
Molly M.
Ariel M.
Jacob N.
Christien N.
Isaac O.
Courtney P.
Logan P.
Austin S.
Ben T.
Colman T.
Joseph T.
Ashley W.
Samantha W.
Casey Z.

Fourth Block:

Erin A.
Kendall B.
Lilli B.
Abigail B.
Cora C.
Madison C.
Victoria C.
Caitlin C.
Will C.
Caitlin Cra
Ashton D.
Seth G.
Kaitlyn H.
Drew H.
Austin H.
Lorenn K.
Joe M.
Shelby M.
Alexi M.
Whitney O.
Ben P.
Chance P.
Bailey P.
Frehley S.
Emily Sel
Hunter S.
Emily S.
Daniel S.
Jena T.
Chase W.
Bennett W.

Movie Poster Examples

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