Recently Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 9–12

Explore this gallery of challenged and banned books for high school students. Learn why these books were challenged, and celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week. You'll find a literature guide or classroom activity to accompany each book.

Visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks for lists of frequently challenged books by year.

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is an epic story of the Younger family struggling to realize the American dream by escaping ghetto life. The play is a provocative reflection of racial attitudes of the 1950s and of today.

In 1979, the play's circulation was restricted in a Utah school district when it was criticized by an anti-pornography group. In 2005, the play was challenged in an Illinois high school on the objection that it is degrading to African Americans.

Activity: This literature guide for A Raisin in the Sun includes teaching suggestions to be used before, during, and after reading the play.

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