Fiction and Other Literary Forms
1. What is the purpose, theme or message of the material? How well does the Author/producer/composer accomplish this purpose? __________________________________________________________________
2. If the story is fantasy, is it the type that has imaginative appeal and is suitable for children? ___Yes ___No;
for young adults? ___Yes ___No If both are marked no, for what age group would you recommend?_______
3. Will the reading and/or viewing and/or listening to material result in more compassionate understanding of human beings? ___Yes ___No
4. Does it offer an opportunity to better understand and appreciate the aspirations, achievements, and problems of various minority groups? ___Yes ___No
5. Are any questionable elements of the story an integral part of a worthwhile theme or message? ___Yes ___No
1. Does a story about modern times give a realistic picture of life as it is now?
2. Does the story avoid an oversimplified view of life, one which leaves the reader with the general feeling that life is sweet and rosy or ugly and meaningless?
3. When factual information is part of the story, is it presented accurately?
4. Is prejudicial appeal readily identifiable by the potential reader?
5. Are concepts presented appropriate to the ability and maturity of the potential readers? ___Yes ___No
6. Do characters speak in a language true to the period and section of the country in which they live? ___Yes ___No
7. Does the material offend in some special way the sensibilities of women or a minority group by the way it presents either the chief character or any of the minor characters? ___Yes ___No
8. Is there preoccupation with sex, violence, cruelty, brutality, and aberrant behavior that would make this material inappropriate for children? ___Yes ___No ; for young adults? ___Yes ___No
9. If there is use of offensive language, is it appropriate to the purpose of the text for children? ___Yes ___No; for young adults ___Yes ___No
10. Is the material free from derisive names and epithets that would offend minority groups? ___Yes ___No; children? ___Yes ___No
11. Is the material well written or produced? ___Yes ___No
12. Does the story give a broader understanding of human behavior without stressing differences of class, race, color, sex education, religion or philosophy in any adverse way? ___Yes ___No
13. Does the material make a significant contribution to the history of literature or ideas? ___Yes ___No
14. Are the illustrations appropriate and in good taste? ___Yes ___No
15. Are the illustrations realistic in relation to the story? ___Yes ___No
16. Additional Comments: __________________________________________________________________
Recommendation by School Media Advisory Committee for treatment of challenged materials:______________________________________________________________
Signatures of Media Advisory Review Committee