This characterization lesson first introduces the concept of characterization to students in a unique and engaging way. Next, it encourages students to analyze the main characters in Fahrenheit 451 after they have read the majority of or have completed reading the novel. Students must think carefully about how Bradbury crafts the characters in his novel. Finally, it makes highlighting the similarities and differences between characters like Montag and Beatty or Mildred and Clarisse easier to detect.
The materials included in this comprehensive package are:
Characterization Handout with Answer Key
Characterization Quiz with Answer Key
Applicable CCSS standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.10Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
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Keywords: Ray Bradbury, Ray Bradbery, Fahrenheit 451, characterization, flat, round, static, dynamic, character development