Fahrenheit 451 Nonfiction Bundle

Fahrenheit 451 Nonfiction Bundle
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I LOVE nonfiction, and I incorporate it as much as possible with my literature units. This bundle includes guides for nonfiction text, audio, and video. Not only does it intend to touch on CCSS (specifically, determining and analyzing an author's point of view or purpose), but it also allows students the opportunity to really make connections to Fahrenheit 451 and the world around them. I have had a lot of success with these activities with my mainstream sophomore classes. I include both PDF and Word Doc versions of these guides, so you can modify if needed to meet the needs of your students.

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1 Active Reading Guide to Neil Gaiman's Introduction to Fahrenheit 451: Neil Gaiman - author of American Gods, Coraline, and even a few Doctor Who episodes - wrote a great introduction to Fahrenheit 451 for the 60th anniversary of the novel. The reading guide I use has students consider the author's purpose while introducing some key stylistic and thematic elements of Fahrenheit 451. I follow a before, during, and after reading structure for this one page hand out. I typically do the "before reading" portion as a bell ringer. I have students do the "during reading" independently and then let them share notes with groups/partners and debrief with a class discussion. At the end of the day, we do the "after reading" as an exit slip and debrief with a class discussion either at the end of the class day or at the start of the following day. You can find Gaiman's brief introduction in the 60th anniversary edition of the novel. I was also able to find a PDF version of it online last year.

1 Active listening guide to the NPR TED Radio Hour story: When it comes to kids, is all screen time equal?: The purpose here is to identify author's purpose and make connections between Fahrenheit 451, the TED Radio Hour story, and our world (focusing, obviously, on the idea of screen time/media). Again, I follow a before, during, and after listening strategy. As we listen, students record responses on a one page guide. I stop periodically, have students turn and talk about their responses, and debrief on the spot. Please note, I used NPR's TED Radio Hour for this activity rather than the TED talk itself. The story is about 12 minutes long, and it usually takes one 50 minute class period to get through the entire activity. You could modify if you prefer to use the TED Talk itself.

1 Active viewing guide to Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things: The purpose again is to identify and analyze author's purpose and make connections between Fahrenheit 451 and our world (focusing on the idea of materialism/how and/or if what we buy says something about who we are). Again, this is a before, during, and after viewing guide. Students record responses, turn and talk, and we debrief as a class on the spot. The guide provides time stamps, so you know when to start and stop the film, as I only show the portions I felt were the most helpful for the purpose of this lesson. Again, I can usually get through this lesson in a 50 minute class period. As of right now, this documentary is free through Netflix; however, I recommend checking to make sure this is still the case.

1 "Dream House" Project: Using Fahrenheit 451, what they learned from the Minimalism documentary, and their own preferences, students create a "Dream House" collage for characters in Fahrenheit 451, a Minimalist, and their own dream house. Again, we focus on author's purpose and larger questions about materialism, and how or if what we buy reflects anything about ourselves or our society (a key topic in Fahrenheit 451).
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