Discussion Starters: Censorship | Podcast #97
Internet censorship is a buzz word in the news today with Wikipedia and other big names staging protests against SOPA and PIPA. Many feel that the proposed US anti-piracy legislation will require social media networks and websites to act as Internet censors. Are your students familiar with the word “censorship”? Our NEW discussion starter lesson plan offers a brief look at a few types of censorship. It gives students an opportunity to talk about things like book banning, government censorship, and the “cyber curtain”. The full printable Discussion Starters lesson contains a warmup task, a reading, comprehension questions, vocabulary review, and discussion questions.
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You may also want to check out our related Something to Talk About post, which offers a brief overview of why Wikipedia is blacked out today and provides a list of discussion questions that you can use in class.
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