Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 5–8

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The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox


In 2005, Paula Fox's The Slave Dancer was challenged in a Kentucky middle school when a parent found the depiction of the slave trade to be too graphic. It was also challenged in the early 1990s by parents in Cheshire, Connecticut, who claimed it spoke disparagingly of blacks.

Activity: In this vocabulary worksheet, students match each word from The Slave Dancer with its definition. Students also write a letter to the editor of a newspaper expressing their opinion on slavery.

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