Fahrenheit 451, Short Answer Questions, Literary Analysis, Ray Bradbury, CCSS

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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Use this package of questions covering Ray Bradbury’s modern American novel, Fahrenheit 451, to pull your students into the text and inspire them to think deeply about Bradbury’s themes.

This packet includes five student handouts with detailed questions (plot points, inference, and personal connections) covering all three sections of Guy Montag’s dystopian journey. A separate 8-page detailed answer key is also included, of course. (A total of 13 pages in PDF format.)

In addition to working as homework assignments, the sheets can also serve as small-group or full-class discussion starters, short-answer quizzes, and/or differentiated enrichment. I like to mix-and-match the worksheets to keep things fresh as we work through our Fahrenheit 451 unit. More details on this here: https://laurarandazzo.com/2017/06/23/conquering-question-fatigue/

Want an opening lecture that’s sure to grab your students’ attention at the launch of your study of Fahrenheit 451? Click here for an introductory lecture slide deck.

Want a lesson that digs into “Dover Beach,” a pivotal poem featured in the novel? Just click here for those print-and-teach materials!

Want more science fiction materials that’ll keep your kids excited about reading? You should definitely check out my popular sci fi short story mini-unit.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


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