Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 5–8
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck has been challenged for its violent descriptions. Set in the 1930s, this coming-of-age story about Jody—the son of a California rancher of limited economic means—deals with tragedy, joy, and the harsh lessons of life and death.
Activity: Enhance understanding of Steinbeck's novella with this teaching guide for The Red Pony. It includes pre-reading activities; discussion of plot, character development, and theme; and suggested teaching methodologies.
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