Lesson Plan: For Teachers - Art Censorship: A Case Study
If students have not completed other activities about art and censorship, they should spend some time browsing the Artists Busted: Censorship in Canada topic on the CBC Digitial Archives website. Students should take notes about the issue so that they understand both sides of the debate and have a sense of their own opinion on the issue.
Explain to students that they will be creating a case study to examine one of the episodes of art censorship highlighted in the Artists Busted: Censorship in Canada topic on the CBC Digital Archives website.
Have students choose a clip of interest to them and create a case study of it. They should begin by summarizing the case, answering the questions Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How? They should include all details that clarify the case, exploring the decision made, the questions raised, and the thinking involved.
Next, students should analyze the case by putting it in context. Through a Web search, students can find out how the case would be treated today, whether the issues would be the same in the same place today, whether rights were violated at the time and still would be today, and so on. To further update their research, students can also use community resources to learn if the specific issue has been or could be raised in their community.
Students should make clear, specific notes as they research, and be sure to cite all sources used. Using their notes, students should complete an outline and draft of their case study, edit their work, and then complete a good copy of the case study.
Provide students with time to complete their research, to have their drafts reviewed by you or by a peer, and to make any necessary revisions.
Students can share their case study as a seminar, by using presentation software, or through any other means they wish. They should include discussion questions with their presentation, and encourage the involvement of their classmates.