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Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Curriculum Unit Victoria M. Jones
ii Fahrenheit 451 Curriculum Unit Author Victoria M. Jones earned her M.A. in English from the University of Mis- souri at Kansas City. The recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she is certified in gifted education. She has also taught methods courses on the university level and was a fellow at the Summer Institute for the National Writing Project. She is the author of The Center for Learning novel/drama curriculum units The Metamorphosis/The Death of Ivan Ilyich, The Power of One, and The Book Thief. Editors Mary Anne Kovacs, M.A. Tammy Sanderell, B.A. Cover Design Susan Chowanetz Thornton, B.S. Cover illustration of books on fire © iStockphoto.com/Franc Podgoršek Copyright © 2011 The Center for Learning, Cleveland, Ohio. Manufactured in the United States of America. Printed on recycled paper. This curriculum unit is a revision of the 1990 edition created by Ann S. Kemezis. The worksheets in this book may be reproduced for academic purposes only and not for resale. Academic purposes refer to limited use within classroom and teaching settings only. ISBN 978-1-56077-952-0
Fahrenheit 451 iii Page Handouts Contents Introduction v Teacher Notes vii Lessons 1 Prereading Activities 1 1, 2, 3, 4 2 Investigating Part 1 11 5, 6, 7 3 Book Burning 19 8, 9 4 Exploring Irony 25 10, 11 5 The Future Is Now 31 12, 13 6 Allusions: Making Connections 37 14, 15, 16 7 Specific, Concrete Imagery 45 17, 18, 19 8 Hidden Meanings: Archetypes and Symbols 53 20, 21, 22 9 “I Am the Book” 63 23, 24 10 Unasked Questions 69 25, 26, 27 Supplementary Materials Objective Test: Fahrenheit 451 76 Answer Key 79 Creative Assessment: Fahrenheit 451 82 Essay Test: Fahrenheit 451 83
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Fahrenheit 451 v Introduction Reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 in the twenty-first century is as exciting as when it was first published in 1953. Probably Bradbury’s most famous and influential novel, this work of science fiction explores a not-too-distant future when citizens are forced to conform and books are banned and burned. Written during the Cold War and the era of Mc- Carthyism, this novel also addresses the destructive capacity of totalitarian government. The early 1950s was also the time period when America’s love affair with television and mass communication began. Bradbury indicts consumerism and dependency on technology by illustrating how creativ- ity and individuality are destroyed by rampant advertising and intrusive government control. Another intriguing aspect of this novel is Bradbury’s distinctive style, which combines a suspenseful story line with poetic devices such as allu- sions, figurative language, and sensory imagery. Bradbury’s preoccupation with humanism is also illustrated by the sentimental value of friendship and loyalty over visionary technology. The social commentary that is both satirical and optimistic is never simplistic or predictable. Most of all, Brad- bury celebrates the spirit of human imagination.

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