How Students Can Make a Personal Connection with Fahrenheit 451
Using the Document-Based Questions Technique for Literature: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 takes a new look at a classic you teach every year. Primary source documents related to the theme and subject of Fahrenheit 451 are arranged under an overarching unit question, followed by questions that help a student make connections between literature and their own experiences. Writing and discussion prompts encourage analysis and synthesis. Writing prompts can be used for each document but also are building blocks to a longer, final essay.
Includes an author biography, historical context, a synopsis of the novel, and a character chart. The Answer Key includes context and extra information about each document so you can enrich your lesson.
Nonfiction, diary entries, poetry, and artwork add historical perspective and create contemporary connections with a classic, which encourage:
- Comprehension and Analysis: Students relate varied genres to the literature, therefore deepening their knowledge of the subject and theme.
- Reading: Timely and relevant themes engage student interest.
- Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Evaluation activities involve students in analysis of subject and theme.
- Engagement: Analytical and creative research and activities.
- Writing: Questions and writing prompts, and a final essay synthesizes learning and activities.
- Application: Individual and group activities allow students to use their knowledge of the novel in new and exciting ways.
Download the free sample unit located in "Additional Info."
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About the Author
Kristina Janeway is a Pre-AP, GT, and PSAT/Pre-AP English teacher at Terra Vista Middle School in Lubbock, Texas. In her 21-year career, Kristina has had 19 years of experience working with gifted and talented students, as well as Pre-AP, AP, and full-inclusion students in the West Texas area. She has written curriculum for grades seven through twelve, designed an academic vocabulary course for the high school, designed a Pre-AP/PSAT English course for eighth graders, designed a SAT/ACT course for seventh graders in the Duke University Talent Search Program, and designed the seventh and eighth grade GT course.
Kristina completed a master’s degree in Education Administration and holds a Principal’s Certificate. Kristina was the recipient of the Frank and Nancy Newton’s Excellence in Education Award from the Beaumont Foundation in 2010, and the Panhandle South Plains TAGT Teacher of the Year Award for 2014.