What better way to connect students with literature than through the music they love? In this novel study for Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, students will be able to analyze each part of the novel by listening to, annotating, explaining, and presenting different songs that closely correlate with the novel on many levels. As they read, students will collaborate in small groups to critically analyze songs according to the characters, plot elements, and themes in Fahrenheit 451. They will then present their analyses to the rest of the class while the audience takes notes on their findings. For the culminating activity, students will write their own song that accurately captures a character’s voice from the novel and reflects an important message/theme that the novel contains.
This comprehensive and unique package contains over 40 pages of material, including:
Lesson Plans with personalized teacher’s notes.
- The lyrics for 15 different songs that feature popular artists like Imagine Dragons, John Mayor, Metallica, Natasha Bedingfield, Great Big World, Linkin’ Park, Mumford and Sons, and more.
- Several student activity handouts:
Song Analysis chart
Song Analysis Presentation Guide
Song Analysis Presentation Rubric
Song Writing Directions and Tips
Song Writing Template
Song Writing Rubric
- Detailed answer Key for all 15 songs!
Beat the boredom of study guides and chapter quizzes, and instead engage your students through music to help them analyze—and appreciate—this classic Bradbury work.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 (reading explicitly and inferring, citing evidence)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 (determining central idea or theme)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 (analyze the interactions/development of characters)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 (evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 (explanatory writing to effectively convey ideas)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 (small and whole group collaboration)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 (present information and findings in an organized way)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 (integrate digital media into presentation to enhance it)
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