This is a Common-Core aligned comprehensive unit plan for teaching Fahrenheit 451. The packet, assignments, and PowerPoint are visually engaging and creative, and have allowed me to experience a high degree of success in teaching the novel. The materials are suitable for students in grades 8-12, and can easily be adapted to target learning objectives for a variety of ability levels.
The unit bundle includes the following items:
1) A 22-page reading packet that contains background information on the author and the text's publication; pre-reading questions; a "cast of characters" list with pictures and descriptions; sections for taking notes on the context and features of the novel, including dystopian and sci-fi literature, the 1950s, and censorship (answers to these notes are found on and directly follow the PowerPoint slides; an overview of the themes, motifs, and symbols in the novel; and a series of comprehension and analysis questions that are broken down into sections.
2) A PowerPoint that aligns directly with all materials provided in the bundle.
3) A copy of Ray Bradbury's coda to the novel and a series of accompanying comprehension and analysis questions that focus on author's purpose.
4) Tests for each of the 3 sections of the novel. Each test is objective.
5) A final essay test for the novel.
6) A movie essay assignment that has students analyze the portrayal of themes in both the film and the novel.
7) A literary excerpt recitation assignment that mimics the recitations of the characters at the end of the novel.
8) A worksheet of analysis questions for the entire text.