Fahrenheit 451 and
The futuristic world of Fahrenheit 451 is
one where all media is censored and
books are burned. It might seem like
science fiction, but censorship is very
real. Not only is history riddled with
examples of censorship, but it
continues to this day.
Your group is to research censorship in your
assigned time period and area.
While going through the assigned readings,
you are to consider the following questions:
What is censorship?
What are the different types of censorship?
Who is responsible for this censorship and
who/what benefits from it? Who suffers?
Why is censorship used in this situation? What
purpose does it serve?
How do those being censored respond?
You will summarize the information
from your research and present the
answers to these questions in class
using visuals like PowerPoint, posters,
film, and more. Be creative!
Your group will research censorship of soldier’s letters in
various wars. You will use the following resources for your
html -- PBS interview about the history of letter censorship
http://www.nps.gov/archive/gett/GETTKIDZ/letters.htm -- article
about soldier’s letters with a paragraph on censorship
htm -- article about letter censorship
http://www.fsu.edu/~ww2/censor.htm -- a picture of a censored
World War II letter
British romantic letter-writers who beat the censors
Ultimately, at the end of the
assignment, you will be able to identify
censorship, understand why it
happens, why it is used, and why it
would be a problem in a free society.
1. Defining the problem
Includes a visual of the affected area.
Clear explanation of the problem is given.
Specific examples used to clarify the problem.
Definition of censorship provided that specifically
relates to area being addressed
Discussion of who is responsible for this censorship.
Presents theory explaining the reasons why this type of
censorship occurred/is occurring (i.e., who benefits?).
Discussion of who is impacted and the response of
Explains whether the situation was resolved. If so,
Discussion of how this example of censorship is related
to our current world and/or the world described in
3. Overall quality of presentation
Students are prepared and demonstrate appropriate
level of seriousness.
Handouts are neat and well planned.
Relatively few grammatical errors in handouts and/or
Obvious effort put into project.
Required little (if any) teacher input to ensure
comprehensiveness of presentation as a learning tool
for other students.