Potentially Offensive Music: Censor, Edit, or Warn?
- Grades: 9–12
- Analyze various forms of music censorship
- Write an effective position paper
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 1: Philosophical Chairs Discussion
Lesson 2: Planning a Position Paper
Lesson 4: Writing Your Position Paper's Body
Lesson 5: Writing Your Position Paper's Conclusion
Students will write a position paper from the perspective of a music artist, a music store owner, or a parent. They must voice and support their position on the following topic from their chosen perspective: Should CDs that may be considered offensive contain warning labels?
Books on Music Censorship
The following books focus on the censorship of music in America both today and historically.
Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America
By Eric Nuzum
Description: This nonfiction text chronicles music that has been challenged by both the government and the American public from the Beatles to 80s rap group N.W.A.
Shoot the Singer: Music Censorship Today
By Marie Korpe
Description: This nonfiction text discusses the causes and rationale behind the government, corporate America, and religious group’s attempts to prevent people from listening to certain types of music.
By Martin Cloonan and Reebee Garofalo
Description: This collection of essays focuses on the various forms of censorship as well as the various attempts at restricting "popular music."
Taboo Tunes: A History of Banned Bands and Censored Songs
By Peter Blecha
Description: This book gives a somewhat humorous view of the various types of censorship occurring in America.
Opposing Viewpoint Series – Censorship
By Andrea C. Nakaya
Description: This fairly unbiased collection of essays promotes critical thought about the sensitive issues surrounding censorship.