Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 5–8

Explore this gallery of banned or challenged books for middle school students. Learn why these books were challenged, and celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week. We've included a literature guide or classroom activity for each book.

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

George Orwell's Animal Farm is an allegory of the 1917 Russian Revolution. It was banned in the Soviet Union for being anti-communist while in the U.S. it was challenged for its political theories. In 2002, the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates banned the book in schools for containing materials that contradict Islamic and Arabic values.

Activity: Choose from several activities, discussion questions, and topics for writing assignments in this literature guide for Animal Farm. It also includes a brief synopsis of each chapter, followed by teaching suggestions for use before, during, and after reading the novel.

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