Grab every eye in the room with this 39-slide lecture that provides all of the background information your class will need to launch a study of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi novel, Fahrenheit 451. (Download includes both Prezi and Google Slides versions.)
The presentation includes a high-interest attention-grabber on book censorship and a quickwrite topic designed to help make Ray Bradbury’s themes relevant to your students (15 minutes for writing and discussion). Then, launch into the 30-minute lecture which covers the time period and setting, profiles of five important characters, and information about historical influences including Nazi book burnings and Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s HUAC/The Red Scare. Modern connections to computer programming, digital e-readers, and school censorship are also included.
Want a set of Fahrenheit 451 study question worksheets to help guide students as they work through the novel? Just click here!
Want even more science fiction lessons from writers like Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Isaac Asimov that will hook your students’ attention? Click here to check out my sci-fi short story mini-unit, a great lead-in to a study of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
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