A nifty and comprehensive unit bundle for Fahrenheit 451 that includes a reading guide over the entire novel, six quizzes over all three sections of the novel, and companion nonfiction guides and activities.
Fahrenheit 451 Reading Guide: My reading guides are meant to increase comprehension and promote deeper thinking about the text. Many prompts match CCSS. I usually encourage students to write annotations in their books based on the prompts in this guide, but they can also write on the guide itself. I periodically included "challenge notes" to differentiate for students who want a little bit more of a challenge. Another kind of cool feature of this guide is it breaks down the reading of Fahrenheit 451 into pretty manageable chunks, rather than just the three primary sections of the text. These chunks correspond with how the quizzes are separated. I revisit many of the portions on the annotation guide with my students; the guide is a great way to get students prepared for discussions, writing, and quizzes. Also, this guide contains some "big ideas" and "big questions" for students to consider and mark evidence for throughout the book.
The guide includes PDF and Word Doc versions, so you can edit to serve your purposes.
Fahrenheit 451 Quiz Bundle: Not your grandma's "did you read" multiple choice quiz! In fact, these quizzes contain specific quotes for students to look at, and I often let students use their books on my quizzes (shocking, I know). The goal here is not to (just) test memory and comprehension. I try to make my multiple choice quizzes as useful as possible; in turn, while some questions are more plot-based, many questions ask students to infer and analyze as well. Questions keep in mind CCSS and use stems similar to those students may see on ACT, SAT, and AP style tests. I also try to highlight moments of the chapters that I want to revisit and discuss. I used this particular assessment with my mainstream sophomore class, but I included a word document copy in this file, along with a PDF version, so you can edit for the needs of your students. I hope you find this helpful!
19 Question Multiple Choice Quiz for the first half of The Hearth and The Salamander
18 Question Multiple Choice Quiz for the second half of The Hearth and The Salamander
17 Question Multiple Choice Quiz for the first half of The Sieve and the Sand
20 Question Multiple Choice Quiz for the second half of The Sieve and the Sand
19 Question Multiple Choice Quiz for the first half of Burning Bright
16 Question Multiple Choice Quiz for the second half of Burning Bright
Keys for each quiz
Fahrenheit 451 Nonfiction Bundle: 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.
This bundle includes:
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).