This unit for Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is 24 pages in length and contains instructions for carrying out in-class group discussion (format similar to a literature circle) of the novel. All forms needed for individual group roles (summarizer, leader, literary luminary, etc.) are included. The novel is divided into three large sections, so teachers may select any length of reading assignment as the discussion questions are separated into the three large sections but are arranged chronologically. Each of the three sections of questions includes 17-20 discussion questions, and many of the questions have multiple parts. The questions involve higher-level thinking skills and deal with thinking skills such as inference, evaluation, judgment, prediction and literary skills such as foreshadowing, character development, and allusion. This unit is complete and will allow the teacher to teach Fahrenheit 451 as a totally student-centered unit. Likewise, teachers may disregard the literature circle set-up and simply use the discussion questions for their own set-up of small group discussion, whole-class discussion, or individual student work. Teachers may also wish to download the figurative language activity and/or the Unit Exam for the novel as well. These are separate listings.
Fahrenheit 451 Discussion Groups and Questions
by Marsha Mentzer
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