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Fahrenheit 451 reading schedule.

This schedule ONLY includes Fahrenheit 451


related items. There will be other short stories and accompanying assignments
that are NOT listed below.

Begin F451 on 9/17 (Thursday) Assign to read to page 35 “…their mighty metal
thunder!”

9/21, Monday : Turn in day. Discuss story so far.

9/25, Friday: Quiz over first reading assignment. Read remainder of Part 1
(through page 68)

9/28, Monday: Turn in day. Discuss story so far.

10/2, Friday: quiz over second “half” of Part 1. Read first half of Part 2, to page 91,
“The door opened and shut. Montag was in the dark street again, looking at the
world.”

10/5, Monday: Turn in day. Discuss story so far.

10/7, Wednesday: Read remainder of part 2.

10/12, Monday: Turn in day. Discuss story so far.

10/16, Friday: Quiz over all of part 2. Read Part 3, to page 130, “Good night, Mrs.
Black, he thought.”

10/19, Monday: Turn in day. Discuss story so far.

10/23, Friday: Quiz over first “half” of part 3. Finish the rest of Part 3 (to the end of
the book).

10/26, Monday: Turn in day. Discuss story so far.

10/30, Friday: Comprehensive Fahrenheit 451 test.

11/2, Monday: Essays due. (see reverse)

11/5, Thursday (end of first 9 weeks).


First Quarter Essay ideas:

1. Persuasive Essay: The world Bradbury describes in Fahrenheit 451, and the
worlds of the short stories we have read during this quarter, bear many
resemblancesto our own. Write a persuasive essay agreeing or disagreeing
with this statement, citing specific references from the novel and the short
stories and providing factual details from our own society.
2. Expository Essay: Censorship is a central theme of Fahrenheit 451, but there
are other important thematic issues, including the role of entertainment in
our lives, political correctness, and necessities for happiness. Discuss these
issues as they relate to your life currently as compared to how they are
presented in the novel. Feel free to include issues that are central to the
short stories we have read in this class as well – i.e. equality, prejudice,
nature, etc.
3. Expository: Compare/contrast specific aspects of the world presented by
Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451, with the world(s) presented in two or three (or
more) of the other science fiction stories we’ve read in this class.
4. Expository: Discuss the ways technology have permeated and affected the
future society described in Fahrenheit 451 and the other stories we’ve read in
class, in relation to the way technology has permeated and affected everyday
life for us today. Consider that the novel and many of the short stories were
written long enough ago that home computers, the internet, cell phones, flat
screen televisions (or even television in general), were not yet part of
everyday society. You may want to include an analysis of how “accurate”
these authors were in their predictions of future technology and the way they
have changed/altered the way we do things.
5. Persuasive: Now that we have the internet, audio books, webcams, and even
Kindle (wireless reading device, or paperless book), books, newspapers,
magazines, newsletters, etc. will soon become obsolete and unnecessary.
Write a persuasive essay agreeing or disagreeing with this statement, citing
specific references from the novel and the short stories and providing factual
details from our own society. You may want to use, as evidence, other items
that were once commonly used that are now rarely ever seen or used.

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