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Teacher Resources for Fahrenheit 451: 9th Grade English - Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

 

“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches.”

-Ray Bradbury

 

Challenges

Banned Books Week 2011 by Moore Memorial Public Library

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Firefighters Burn Books!

The House of Leaves - Burning 4 by LearningLark

In Fahrenheit 451, firefighters burn books to destroy knowledge, while the Book People burn books, after they have memorized the contents to preserve knowledge.

·         Where and when did the practice begin?

·         Why did people resort to burning books?

·         What famous books have been burned?

·         What historical events surround book burning?

·         Is it still practiced today? If so, where?

·         Is the practice similar to that of banning books? How so?

RESOURCES

Gale Discovering Collection

Key word(s): books and censorship 

 

McCarthyism

mcc-sticker-rb15 by joshsisk

McCarthyism was a giant “witch hunt” that targeted many people during the 1950s. Spend some time researching McCarthyism with your partner. Make sure you answer the questions below. It is important to know how McCarthyism impacted Bradbury and the novel.

·         What is McCarthyism?

·         How did it begin?

·         Who was targeted?

·         How and when did it end?

·         What is a “witch hunt”?


RESOURCES

Gale Discovering Collection

Key word(s): books and censorship

Key word(s): Mccarthyism

 

 

Life during the 1950's

1959 chevy by eggsngrits

The novel, Fahrenheit 451 was written in the 1950s. In order to understand the novel, it is important to know what life was like during the time period. When you read, you can identify how Bradbury speaks out against life in the 50s.  

·         Entertainment (books, movies, television, etc.)

·         Technology

·         Home life

·         School

RESOURCES 

Gale Discovering Collection

Key word(s): books and censorship

Key Word: "1950's (decade)"

CCGPS

UEQ: How does fiction mirror reality?

LEQ: What historical events impacted the construction of the novel Fahrenheit 451?

 

Standards covered:

ELACC9-10W8: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

ELACC9-10W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

ELACC9-10W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

ELACC9-10SL1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

 

ELACC9-10SL4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

ELACC9-10SL5: Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Discussion with Ray Bradbury

Theme

Theme refers to the main or central 

idea of a literary work. The theme

of fighting against censorship

dominates Fahrenheit 451.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou by a_phoenix_rain   How has Maya Angelou  experienced censorship in America?

·         When did the censorship take place?

·         What work(s) were involved?

·         What form did the censorship take? Was it a demand for editorial changes or was a book banned from a library or school?

·         Is the censorship still taking place?

·         What was done to fight the censorship?

·         What were the results?

RESOURCES                                                                                                                                                                            

Gale Opposing Viewpoints

Key Word(s): Mayo Angelou

J. K Rowling

Harry Potter wisdom by Cobra_11  How has J. K Rowling experienced censorship in America?

· When did the censorship take place?

· What work(s) were involved?

· What form did the censorship take? Was it a demand for editorial changes or was a book banned from a library or school?

· Is the censorship still taking place?

· What was done to fight the censorship?

· What were the results?

RESOURCES

 

J. D Salinger.

The Catcher in the Rye by freaks of nature1  How has J. D Salinger experienced censorship in America?

· When did the censorship take place?

· What work(s) were involved?

· What form did the censorship take? Was it a demand for editorial changes or was a book banned from a library or school?

· Is the censorship still taking place?

· What was done to fight the censorship?

· What were the results?

RESOURCES

Gale PowerSearch

Key Word(s): J. D. Salinger and censorship

Mark Twain

Mark Twain by sfjalar  How has Mark Twain  experienced censorship in America?

· When did the censorship take place?

· What work(s) were involved?

· What form did the censorship take? Was it a demand for editorial changes or was a book banned from a library or school?

· Is the censorship still taking place?

· What was done to fight the censorship?

· What were the results?

RESOURCES

Gale Opposing Viewpoints

Key Word(s): Introduction to Banned Books: At Issue (2012)

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Nose in a book How has Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. experienced censorship in America?

· When did the censorship take place?

· What work(s) were involved?

· What form did the censorship take? Was it a demand for editorial changes or was a book banned from a library or school?

· Is the censorship still taking place?

· What was done to fight the censorship?

· What were the results?

RESOURCES

 

Harper Lee

Mockingbird by K Morrison Images  How has Harper Lee experienced censorship in America?

· When did the censorship take place?

· What work(s) were involved?

· What form did the censorship take? Was it a demand for editorial changes or was a book banned from a library or school?

· Is the censorship still taking place?

· What was done to fight the censorship?

· What were the results?

RESOURCES

Gale PowerSearch

Key Word(s): Harper Lee and censorship

Media Specilaist

Gale Opposing Viewpoints

 

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