Banned or Challenged Books, Grades Pre-K–4

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Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein


Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was banned by some school districts over fears that it "promotes drug use, the occult, suicide, death, violence, disrespect for truth, disrespect for authority, and rebellion against parents."

Activity: In this poetry lesson plan, students read Shel Silverstein's famous poem "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out" and identify the rhyme. Then, they write a poem about their chosen state using the same rhyme pattern.

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