1.en.9 Censorship: have a look at some of the banned books in USA. What’s your opinion?

Last year we set off with a visit to a library, do you remember? well, this year we’ve been very busy and we’ve missed a symbolic event. In the last week of September, the ALA (American Library Association) calls for action to celebrate the freedom to read. The banned books week takes a stand against censorship.

TO BAN= to forbid, to prohibit

A banned bookis one that has been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom because of its controversial content.A book may be challenged or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. Banning or challenging a book  are forms of censorship, striking at the very core of our freedom to read.

Watch this short video of the virtual story of banned books
Among the banned books there are some children’s books and poetry too. Roald Dahl, the author of “boy” , the book you are reading in Catalan, is also among the group of banned ones.
The other day we talked in class about household chores, don’t you remember?
Listen to this short and funny poem about drying dishes. It was written by  Shel Silverstein and it is  read by  Whoopi Goldberg, the famous actress, who contributed with her reading to protest against censorship,  as part of the acts that took place this year in Banned Books Weeks’ Virtual Read-Out.
Shel Silverstein

“If you have to dry the dishes 
(Such an awful boring chore) 
If you have to dry the dishes 
(‘Stead of going to the store) 
If you have to dry the dishes 
And you drop one on the floor 
Maybe they won’t let you 
Dry the dishes anymore” 
― Shel SilversteinA Light in the Attic
Now, Did you recognise any of the books mentioned in the first video?
Look at this slide show presentation. It analysis the 10 top most banned books and explains the reason why they were banned.
you have the chance now to make your own judgment. Number two in the ranking of most banned books is “And Tango makes three” the story of two male penguins that raise  a chick.
Listen to the children’s tale.
Useful vocabulary you’ll need to unserstand: cubs; notice; couple; bow; keeper; nest;lay; hatch; feed; cuddle;shell; fuzzy; feathers; 
  • How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
  • What is your opinion ?
  • Do you believe books should be banned?
HOMEWORK. THURSDAY 6TH OCTOBER. Post your comments to the blog. On Thursday, Liz, will be with us. She is American and will tell us her opinion too. 
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40 Respostes to “1.en.9 Censorship: have a look at some of the banned books in USA. What’s your opinion?”

  1. miquelbv9 Says:

    How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books? I think that this can’t continue being banned.

    What is your opinion ? I think that this isn’t correctly, becouse the book didn’t do bad thinks to the people so I think they don’t must to be banned.

    Do you believe books should be banned? No I don’t think so.

  2. ariadnabalufo Says:

    *How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    -I don’t imagine it.

    *What is your opinion ?
    -I think they make things bigger than they are. I think a book don’t want to make harm just shows the reality.

    *Do you believe books should be banned?
    -No, I don’t

  3. izabelaigorova02 Says:

    How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    *

    What is your opinion ?
    * I think many books can’t be banned because they have some information from education.

    Do you believe books should be banned?
    *No, because many teachers and parents recommended read books, and the responsables for choose a good book (depending of age) are parents and, sometimes, ourselves.

  4. silviamartinm Says:

    *How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    I don’t know how can it be.

    *What is your opinion ?
    I think that books should not be banned because we know what we want to read.

    *Do you believe books should be banned?
    I think no, because we know which book we have chosen and what are the consequences if they are not good for our education.

    • silviamartinm Says:

      Correction:
      *Do you believe books should be banned?
      I don’t think so, because we know which book we have chosen and what are the consequences if they are not good for our education.

  5. sergiomr226 Says:

    1.- How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    – I can not imagine it.

    2.- What is your opinion ?
    – I think that many books can’t be banned, because they are importat to people and that they explain everything you know and also for people who likes to read, have a good time.

    3.- Do you believe books should be banned?
    – No, because they are very important.

  6. ariadnaoliver Says:

    1.How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    Because they talk about homosexuality, ang the posibility that two men raising children.
    2.What is your opinion ?
    Literary writing is based on freedom of expression and the need of the writer to tell his thoughts to the reader whatever thoughts: sex, drugs, politics, violence…
    But the banned used sparingly and only in extreme cases it is necessary …
    In my opinion a book giving his opinion without hurting someone else’s rights need not be censored, but a book that advocates terrorism, racism or violence, a book that can bring about change for the worse in the behavior of people should be censoredned.
    3.Do you believe books should be banned?
    In general no, but in some cases it is necessary

  7. margaabauza Says:

    How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    I don’t know.
    What is your opinion ?
    I think that books should not be banned because are not a nuisance.
    Do you believe books should be banned?
    No, I don’t
    Nuisance: Molestia.

  8. martitaserra28 Says:

    1- How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    I don’t know.
    2-What is your opinion ?
    I think that they can’t be banned because the writer express his ideas, sentiments or opinions in the book and I think that it can’t be harmful or dangerous for the readers.
    3-Do you believe books should be banned?
    No, I don’t because they are harmless.

  9. jhazminmarmol Says:

    1)How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    -I don’t know.
    2)What is your opinion?
    -I think that books should not be banned because the writer wants to transmit their thinking, to talk about the current issues that we affect, to know that happen in the world, even if been good or bads things, because with the books you can know cultures and the traditions of other countries. Everyone has their way of thinking the things.
    3)Do you believe books should be banned?
    -I think no because we are responsible to choose a suitable book for our age.

  10. juliamulet Says:

    1.How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned book?
    Because they think is not good for childrens because is about homosexuals that raise a baby.
    2.What is your opinion?
    I think they are very puritans.
    3.Do you believe books should be bammed?
    No, because everybody have the freedom to express their thought.

  11. claramulet Says:

    1) How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    Because there is a story about two penguins homosexuals who raise a baby.
    2) What is your opinion? I think that books can’t be banned because they have the same right to be read it.
    3) Do you believe books should be banned? No, everyone should read the books he/she thinks is apropiated for him/her.

  12. tomasgolomb Says:

    · How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    Because the penguins are homosexuals.
    · What is your opinion ?
    I think that isn’t appropriate for young children.
    · Do you believe books should be banned?
    No, but they have to communicate about the book.

  13. paulinguigs Says:

    How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    One book can be second in the ranking of banned books if it has some vocabulary that is banned for the education in some schools.

    What is your opinion ?
    I think it is not a good idea, because the people can’t know how it’s the actuality
    Do you believe books should be banned?
    No, I don’t because for example I learned a lot of things with some books and now I know what it happens in the actuality.

  14. elenaa98 Says:

    How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    * Maybe is because there is some information on the book that is not appropriate for children.
    What is your opinion?
    * I think that books should not be banned, because is parents’ responsability to know what their children read.
    Do you believe books should be banned?
    * I don’t think so.

  15. merysantos1998 Says:

    1· How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    I don’t know it

    2· What is your opinion ?
    I think that this idea of banned books, for example Harry Potter, is absurd because these books are stories that make us imagine and enjoy. If they are completery shure that it is a good idea, they’re are wrong.
    3· Do you believe books should be banned?
    No, because this things are absurd. I respect that they are more formal than us but in this topic, they’re wrong.

    • mloredo Says:

      Maria, check agreement: these books
      what do you mean by saying “they are more formal”? I do not understand what you are trying to say

  16. vidalandreu98 Says:

    1.How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    I don’t know
    2.What is your opinion ?
    I think some of banned books are good and some of them are not good.
    3.Do you believe books should be banned?
    Some ones yes some ones no.

  17. noesanzu Says:

    * How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    – Because this book tells a story about homosexual penguins.
    * What is your opinion?
    – I think that to be homosexual is not bad, and that people exagerate too much about homosexuality, that’s the reason why they want to bann it.
    * Do you believe books should be banned?
    – If books are very offensive to groups of people that are different, yes, but if they are not offensive no.

  18. marinaescarpa11 Says:

    1-How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    *I don’t know.
    2-What is your opinion ?
    *My opinion is that the writer shows his ideas, emotions or opinions in the book and I think is a little bit strange and dangerous for the reader.
    3-Do you believe books should be banned?
    *No, because everyone is free to express him or herself in the books

  19. psocies Says:

    1.How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned book?
    I don’t know.
    2.What is your opinion?
    I think that they can’t be banned bacause the wrtiter wirte a book with the idea that you can be reard without taking offense or wrong thiks, and also because a book costs to make.
    3.Do you believe books should be banned?
    No, I think that no.

  20. isidelatorre Says:

    How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    -Maybe because are inappropriate for the kids and many persons can feel discriminated.

    What is your opinion ?
    -My opinion is that some books don’t should be banned because I don’t find ofensives, about ”And Mango Makes Three” I think that is an discrimination for the thousands of Homosexuals couples that are in the world.

    Do you believe books should be banned?

    No, because I not find that be harmful for the lectors, In addition I think there must be worse than no books are banned.

    • mloredo Says:

      Isidro, remember that adjectives have no plural in English: Offensive
      It is not Mango but Tango 🙂
      Check the way you make negative sentences: I do not find that….
      books shouldn’t be banned

  21. vladis890 Says:

    1. How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    -Because it isn’t appropiate for childrens.
    2. What is your opinion?
    -I think that to ban this kind of books it’s a discrimination.
    3. Do you believe books should be banned?
    No, becasue it’s something very absurd.

    • mloredo Says:

      Vladis,
      children is the irregular plural of child
      check errors

    • vladis890 Says:

      1. How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
      -Because it isn’t appropiate for children.
      2. What is your opinion?
      -I think that to ban this kind of books it’s a discrimination.
      3. Do you believe books should be banned?
      No, I don’t.

  22. jospomar Says:

    How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    -I don’t know.
    What is your opinion ?
    -I think that is so bad to band a book and we can choose the books that we can read us. And it’s a descrimination.
    Do you believe books should be banned?
    -No, any book should be banned.

  23. janpacha100 Says:

    How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    Because is not recommended at the 100% for the kids
    What is your opinion ?
    I thing is a nonsense do that
    Do you believe books should be banned?
    No, I tig to any person in the world can read the book that he want to read

  24. tonitorner Says:

    How can such a book be second in the ranking of banned books?
    -Because the book speaks about the homosexuality, and there are many people that thing the homosexuality is tabu.

    What is your opinion?
    -The books doesn’t should be banned because everyone should be read that they want.

    Do you believe books should be banned?
    -I thing no.


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