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                                          Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
                           Assignment Calendar and Independent Guided Reading Questions

Assignment Calendar
Students will read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 with an independent guided reading novel study. Students should complete the
reading and assignment activities according to the schedule outlined below. Be prepared to take a quiz over assigned reading each
week.

Homework Key (P/H/R)
     P=Preview the Guided Reading Questions before reading.
     R=Read assigned pages. ALL assigned reading is due the following day.
     H=Highlight answers to all Guided Reading Questions in the text while reading. If you are borrowing a
        school copy of the novel, write your answers on your own paper.

 Tuesday (1/5)           Wednesday (1/6)          Thursday (1/7)           Friday (1/8)            Monday (1/11)
  Unit Introduction     Discuss pages 1-18       QUIZ (pages 1-31)        Discuss pages 32-50     JOURNAL ENTRY
  Distribute Work       JOURNAL ENTRY            JOURNAL ENTRY            JOURNAL ENTRY           Continue FOCUS #3
   Packages              FOCUS #1: Author         FOCUS #2: Dystopian      FOCUS #3: 1950’s        Work in groups to
  Review Reading        Study                    society                  Culture                 create a newspaper
   Assignment             Read Ray Bradbury        Handout: Dystopias:     Computer Lab for
   Calendars                biography                Definition and           research
  Discuss themes         Complete “Prove It”       Characteristics         Work in groups to
  Dystopian Society        assignment              Complete “Dystopian      create a 1950s
   Assignment                                        Protagonist” W/S         newspaper
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 HW:                     HW:                      HW:                                              P/H/R Pages 51-68
 P/H/R Pages 1-18        P/H/R Pages 19-31        P/H/R Pages 32-50
 Tuesday (1/12)          Wednesday (1/13) Thursday (1/14)                  Friday (1/15)           Tuesday (1/19)
 Discuss pages 51-68     QUIZ (pages 32-85)       Discuss pages 86-99      Discuss pages 100-110   Discuss pages 113-128
 JOURNAL ENTRY           FOCUS #5: Characters:    JOURNAL ENTRY            JOURNAL ENTRY           JOURNAL ENTRY
 FOCUS #4: Figurative    Foils                    FOCUS 6: Point of View   FOCUS #7: Symbolism     FOCUS #8: Allusions
 Language                                         Writing exercise         Writing Exercise          Computer Lab for
                                                                                                       research
 HW:                     HW:                      HW:                      HW:
 P/H/R Pages 71-85       P/H/R Pages 86-99        P/H/R Pages 100-110      P/H/R Pages 113-128
 Wednesday (1/20) Thursday (1/21)                 Friday (1/22)            Monday (1/25)           Tuesday (1/26)
 FOCUS #9: Themes        QUIZ (pages 86-144)      Discuss pages 145-165    Discuss portfolio       Work on portfolios
 Writing Assignment      JOURNAL ENTRY            JOURNAL ENTRY            requirements
                         FOCUS #9: Visualizing    FOCUS #10: Plot Line
                         the Novel                  Discuss portfolio     Work on portfolios
                                                     requirements
 HW:                     HW:                        Work on portfolios                            Begin Turning in
 P/H/R Pages 129-144     P/H/R Pages 145-165                                                       Portfolios
 Wednesday (1/27) Thursday (1/28)                 Friday (1/29)            Monday (2/1)            Tuesday (2/2)
 Begin culminating       Culminating projects—    Culminating projects—    Culminating projects—   Present Culminating
 projects—complete       complete choice #2       complete choice #3       complete choice #4      Projects
 choice #1 today         today                    today                    today

 Portfolios Final Due
 TODAY


Be prepared to take a one to five question quiz each week over the previous assigned
reading. If you are not doing the assigned reading and fail these quizzes, you will likely
fail this unit. It is imperative that you complete the assigned reading each night. On the
discussion days, come to class prepared with your questions. We will not to through page
by page together, yet we will answer your questions.
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                                                      Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
                                                Independent Guided Reading Novel Study Unit
                                                         Writing Journal Entries

Write a 3-5 sentence response to each of the writing journal entries provided below as you complete
each day’s reading. Your responses must be exceptionally well-written, free of grammar, spelling,
punctuation and usage errors, and very, very neat!!! Each entry is worth 10 POINTS.
     Discuss why Montag says at the beginning of the novel that “[I]t was a pleasure to burn.”

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Pages 1-18




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              Discuss whether or not technology seems to improve the quality of life for Montag and his wife.

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Pages 19-31




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              If you lived in Montag’s society, would you turn in a neighbor who kept and hid books? Why or why not?

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Pages 32-50




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              Discuss whether or not printed media seems to be slowly fading out in today’s society.

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Pages 51-68




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              Discuss who you believe to be the protagonist and antagonist in the novel. Explain your answers.

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Pages 71-85




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                Do you think today’s society will eventually stop reading “of its own accord”? Explain your answer.

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Pages 86-99




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                Discuss who is most responsible for student learning: teachers, parents or students. Explain.

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Pages 100-110




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                Discuss the factors in Montag’s society responsible for driving the children to such violent behavior.

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Pages 113-128




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                Discuss how the hound might be a symbol for Montag’s world.

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Pages 129-144




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                Discuss how the silence of nature proves fulfilling compared to Montag’s former, hectic life.

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Pages 145-165




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NOVEL REVIEW—Do you believe that our current society is slowly and steadily evolving into the type of society
described in Fahrenheit 451? Why or why not. Explain your answer.
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Fahrenheit 451 Lesson Plans

Focus #1: Author Study
Provide students with a copy of the Ray Bradbury biography. Direct students to read silently. Distribute copies of the
“Author Study—Prove It” worksheet. Students will work on critical thinking skills by locating specific text/quotes
within the document to support responses. Students will also provide answers explaining why the quote provides
support. This prepares students to begin thinking about using quotes from the text as proof for personal responses,
writing about their reading, and thinking about their own thinking.

Focus #2: Dystopian Society
Provide students with the “Dystopias: Definition and Characteristics” handout. Discuss handout. Discuss how
Fahrenheit 451 represents a dystopian society. Complete worksheet: Dystopian Protagonist—Prove It. Students will
work on critical thinking skills by locating specific text/quotes within the document to support responses. Students
will also provide answers explaining why the quote provides support. This prepares students to begin thinking about
using quotes from the text as proof for personal responses, writing about their reading, and thinking about their own
thinking.

Focus #3: 1950s Culture
Students will inform and expand understanding of culture of 1950s society in which the novel was written. Working in
groups, students will create a newspaper addressing social, political, technological and fashion aspects of the 1950s.
Students will spend a class period in the computer lab gathering data, then work in groups to create a newspaper.
Present newspapers to class.

Focus #4: Figurative Language
Writers commonly use stylistic devices. Such tools allow readers to visualize events, whether through an unexpected
image, an idea, or an observation. Some common examples of figurative language include imagery, simile, and
metaphor. Use these terms to identify the novel’s figurative language and expand the meaning of the novel. Review
definitions of imagery, simile and metaphor. Complete “Literary Devices” worksheet.

Focus #5: Characters/Foils
The main character in a piece of literature is called the “protagonist”. The protagonist often overcomes a weakness to
achieve a new understanding by the work’s end. A protagonist who acts with courage and strength may be called a
“hero”. The protagonist’s journey is made more dramatic by challenges from other characters with different beliefs or
perspectives. A “foil” provokes or challenges the protagonist. The most important “foil”, the “antagonist”, opposes the
protagonist by complicating his or her success.

Students will examine character motivation and foils to Montag’s character. Using the “Character/Foils” worksheet,
review the first 91 pages of the novel and locate instances where each character (Mildred, Clarisse, Faber, Beatty) has
prompted a strong or dramatic response from Montag. How does each character lead Montag toward self-realization?
How does Montag’s relationship toward each character change? Copy down SPECIFIC text and page numbers on your
worksheet. Working in small groups, complete the “Character/Foils” worksheet and then write answers on a large
sheet of paper for presentation to the class.

Focus #6: Point of View
Choose one of the assignments below:
    Reread Captain Beatty’s monologue (p. 57-59). Discuss his view that school cultivates anti-intellectual
       sentiment (p. 58). Does this statement accurately depict your school? Do books violate the idea that “everyone
       is made equal” (p. 58)? Write a one page essay from the point of view of a government official who believes
       burning books “protects” society. Your essay must be one page in length, typed, double-spaced, and include as
       many actual details of the story as possible.

      Clarisse says that “People don’t talk about anything…nobody says anything different from anyone else…My
       uncle says it was different once” (p. 31). Begin writing the novel in third person using Clarisse as the central
       character instead of Montag. Your essay must be one page in length, typed, double-spaced, and include as
       many actual details of the story as possible.

Focus #7: Symbolism
As a form of figurative language, symbols can maintain our fascination by hinting beyond the literal, drawing us into
the story, or asking us to explore the author’s intentions. The futuristic worlds of science fiction genre utilize symbols
to explore our current circumstances. Bradbury repeats and expands certain images that become keys to unlocking the
story. Front porches and rocking chairs symbolize the past, a time when people intermingled without the distraction of
electronic screens. The Mechanical Hound, an especially important symbol, represents Montag’s modern world and the
deadly possibilities around every corner. There are many important symbols referenced in the story including fire,
blood, electric-eyed snake, hearth, Fahrenheit 451, salamander, Phoenix, sand and sieve. Choose three of the
symbols and provide a one paragraph explanation of the significance of each symbol in the telling of Montag’s story.

Focus #8: Allusions
Choose and research 3 allusions presented in the novel. Provide a one paragraph description of the significance (and
the origination of) each allusion chosen.
         We shall this day light a candle (40)
         Hercules and Anataeus (83)
         “Remember Caesar, though art mortal.” (86)
         “Montag wanted to fly near the sun and now he’s burnt his damn wings” (113)
         Cassius (119)
         7 veils of unreality (142)

Focus #9: Themes
The themes of a novel explore the meaning of human life. Themes are issues that grab a reader’s attention and do not
let up. As one reads Fahrenheit 451, certain themes stand out: the repression of free thought through censorship, a
proper education that values books, the loss of culture and history, the threat of how new technology may deaden
human experience, the constant demand to satisfy immediate visual and sensory appetites, the value of authentic
human interaction, and the value of the natural world. For Bradbury, our choice to use, misuse, or discard books
relates to all these themes.
      Choose ONE of these themes and discuss how our modern technology supports the negative consequences of
        that theme (for example, text messaging and loss of human interaction). Your essay must be one paragraph in
        length and include as many actual details of the story as possible.

Focus #10: Visualizing the Novel
Using an 8½ x 11 sheet of white paper, provide a full-page illustration of the Mechanical Hound using both your
imagination and the description provided in the novel (p. 25). Your drawing must be exceptionally neat, colorful, and
detailed. Label all significant parts of the Mechanical Hound.

Focus #11: Plot
A novel’s plot unfolds a series of events leading to a dramatic climax. The timing of such events can make a novel either
predictable or riveting. In small groups, students will map a time line that depicts the development of the story and the
building of drama. This map must include the most significant turning points, but also examine the lesser events that
build tension. As students develop their maps, they should define the exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution
of the novel.
                                          Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
                                            PORTFOLIO INSTRUCTIONS

As we read the novel Fahrenheit 451, students will create and maintain a Portfolio. Portfolios should be placed in a
three-ring binder or report cover with pages secured in prongs or fasteners (not in pockets OR sheet protectors). Place
ONLY the grading rubric in the front pocket of the binder. If you do not have a front pocket, three-hole punch the
rubric, and place it at the front of the binder. Create and include a Table of Contents.

CONTENTS OF PORTFOLIO

Grading Rubric: Place in pocket or first page of binder

Table of Contents: must include all “Focus” numbers and titles (see below). Your name, class period, due date, novel
title, and author’s name must appear at the TOP of the “Table of Contents” page.

Focus #1: Author Study: Include the “Author Study—Prove It” worksheet

Focus #2: Dystopian Society: Include the “Dystopian Protagonist—Prove It” worksheet.

Focus #3: Culture: Newspaper Worksheet: Include the “1950’s Culture in Review” worksheet.

Focus #4: Figurative Language: Include the “Literary Devices” worksheet.

Focus #5: Characters/Foils: Include the “Characters: Foil” worksheet.

Focus #6: Point of View: Include the one page essay on point of view.

Focus #7: Symbolism: Include the three paragraphs on the symbols you chose.

Focus #8: Allusions: Include the three paragraphs on the allusions you chose,

Focus #9: Themes: Include the one paragraph essay on the theme you chose.

Focus #10: Visualizing the Novel: Include your illustration of the Mechanical Hound including labels.

Focus #11: Plot: Include your map of the plot line of events in the novel. Exposition, rising action, climax and
resolution must be labeled.

Journal Entry Pages: Include completed Journal Entry Pages.
                                                 Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
                                           Independent Guided Reading Novel Study Unit
                                                     Culminating Project

Choose ONE activity from EACH column that appeals to you. The guidelines provided below are purposely
vague— high quality products, as well as clear evidence of exceptional time and effort are both required and
expected for every assignment listed. ALL written assignments MUST BE TYPED. You will choose ONE finished
project and present it to the class. Place a √ in the bottom, right hand corner of each activity you choose.

    Character Analysis                     Plot Analysis                   Setting Analysis                     Novel Response
 Choose two main                    Describe the problem or           Research and write a             Find a song or poem
 characters in the novel.           conflict existing for the                                          that
                                                                      One page report on the geographical relates to the theme
 Using a Venn Diagram,              main character in the             setting of the                   of your book. Explain
 compare and contrast               book. Tell how the conflict       novel (place OR time). Include   the similarities and
 the personality traits             was or was not resolved.           an explanation as to why this   differences using events
 of those two characters.           Use evidence from the             setting was important to         from the novel and lyrics
                                     novel to support your            the story.                       from the song on a poster.
                                     answer.
                            _____   (two paragraphs)          _____                                _____                              _____

 Choose one character in your      Compare and contrast               Create a time line of the            Make models of three
  book to interview. Create        the conflict of the novel          important events of the              objects that were
 ten questions that you            with another book that             story and draw a map                  important in the novel.
 would like to ask your            you have read before.              showing the major                    On an index card attached
  character. Pretend that          Compare your                       locations mentioned                   to each model, tell why
 you ARE the character             similarities and                   in the story.                        that object was important
 and answer the                    differences of the two             Label all locations.                 to the story.
 questions.                        books on a poster board in
                                   a T-chart.
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 Plan a party for at least four    Stories are made up of             Imagine that you have been           Create a board game based
 of the characters in the novel. conflicts and solutions.             given the task of conducting         on events, places and
 To do this, you must (a) design anChoose three conflicts that        a tour for the town in which         characters in the novel. Your
 invitation for the party          take place in the story and        the novel is set. Make a tape        game must include the
 telling what kind of              provide solutions. Choose          describing the homes of your         following: a game board,
 party this will be; (b) tell       one that conflict that you        characters and the places            playing pieces, a rule sheet
 what each character               wish had been handled              where important events took          and clear directions, events,
 would wear to the party;          differently and explain how        place. You may want to use           characters and places in the
 (c) tell what food you             you would prefer that it          a musical background for             novel.
 would serve and why;               be handled.                       your tape.
 and (d) tell what kinds
 of game or entertainment you
 will provide at the party.
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 Write a diary with at least       Make a children’s book             Build a miniature setting of         Write a scene that could have
 seven entries that one of the     retelling the plot of the novel    a scene from the novel.              happened in the book you
 novel’s main characters           as it might appear in a            Include a written explanation        read, but didn’t. After you
 might have kept before,           third-grade reading book.          of the scene.                        have written the scene,
 during and after the novel’s       Be sure that the vocabulary                                            explain how it would have
 events. Remember that the         you use is appropriate for                                              changed the outcome of
 character’s thoughts and          that age group. Include                                                 the story.
 feelings are very important       beautifully drawn
 to the diary.                     illustrations in order to help
                                    your reader understand
                             _____  the story.                _____                               _____                              _____

								
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