This essay prompt can be used as a joint cross-curricular assignment with history class, or as a stand-alone English assignment. The prompt is broken down into three easy steps to help guide students through the brainstorming and writing process with the goal of familiarizing the students with the historical background of the 1950's and author of Fahrenheit 451. Students are able to explore aspects of the time period and author's beliefs that appeal most to them and guide their own learning process. Ultimately, students will answer the following essay question: What message or theme is Bradbury trying to impart on his audience? What things in society is he commenting on, and how has the historical context of the novel shaped Bradbury’s beliefs and his worldview?