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Fahrenheit 451 - A Dystopian Banned Book Study

In this six-week course, students will read Fahrenheit 451, a classic literature novel by Ray Bradbury, while discussing in a Socratic Seminar the dystopian genre, character analysis, literary analysis, storyline, and banned book history.
Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will be able to...
     - Join Our Novel Study 
     - Tackle the Influential, Controversial, and Significant Novel
     - Read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
     - Examine the Novel and Its Importance to Our Past, Present, and Future
     - Introduce the Novel and Author
     - Identify Elements of the Dystopian Genre
            - Explain Examples from Classic and Modern Novels
     - Set Up for Class
     - Discuss and Debate Controversial Statements 
     - Analyze Different Characters
     - Differentiate and Compare Characters
     - Examine and Discuss Banned Book Topics
     - Explain Why are Books Banned (Real-Life)
     - Explain Why are Books Banned (In the Novel)
          - Ideas behind the Illegalization of Literature
          - Rationalizations and Reasons
     - Identify the Rules of the Firehouse
     - Show the Relationship of Actions and Consequences
     - Analyze the Early Signs of Character Development
     - Debate Breaking the Rules
     - Define the Significance of the Mechanical Hound
     - Analyze the Part Names (Example: "The Sieve and Sand")
     - Define and Identify Symbolism of the Novel
     - Contrast the "Family" vs Family
     - Examine Changes in the Traditional Family
     - Analyze "The Sea of Faith" and "Dover Beach"
     - Quotes Words of Wisdom, Past and Present
     - Define and Identify Paradoxes and Contradictions
     - Provide Examples of Cliffhangers
     - Identify the Climax and Resolution
     - Explain the Role of Symbolism and Themes in a Novel
     - Define and Identify Allusions to Literature
          - Famous Authors and Literature
     - Analyze the Final Quotes and Messages
     - Identify the Tone
     - Apply these Concepts to the Present and Future
I have taught this novel in several different settings including in public schools in both Missouri and Colorado and on Outschool through multiple course options. I have listed these below for you to view if you would like. I also teach several banned books on Outschool while covering similar books in public schools. 

Classes on Outschool where I have covered Fahrenheit 451 specifically:
     - Classic Literature (Middle School Version):
     - Classic Literature (High School Version):
     - Individual Tutoring:

Banned Books (not linked but happy to provide them) I teach on Outschool:
     - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
     - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
     - The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
     - Lord of the Flies by William Golding
     - 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell
     - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
     - As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
     - And More!
Students will be asked to read the novel outside of class time since we will be spending our time in class discussing the novel, debating amongst ourselves, and analyzing the novel, history, and significance of the novel in the modern-day. 
Students will be asked to purchase the novel or to get a copy of the novel for class. We will frequently reference the novel as we do our discussion so students are asked to bring their book to class every single day to make sure that they are able to participate and to be successful in our class discussions!
While there is no writing assessment as a part of this class traditionally, I do have writing prompts for the readings that we will be completing. If you would like them, I am happy to provide daily prompts, paragraph essays, and full-length literary analysis essay prompts. 
40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
In our class, we will be discussing topics of the novel, many of which can be difficult, uncomfortable, controversial, and more. Below are a list of topics that are not only in the novel but that we will discuss in class. I encourage students to talk with me in class, to talk with their parents before reading, and to discuss these topics with one another in polite, respectful conversations. I have also provided a link to the parental guides from Common Sense Media for both the book and the movie (in case students and parents choose to watch it together outside of class time). 

CommonSenseMedia (Book Review):
CommonSenseMedia (Movie Review):

Banned Book Topics Include:
     - Violence, Suicide, Drugs and Alcohol, Crimes, Politics, Religion, and Racism

Parents should research the books prior to enrollment to determine if the books are appropriate for their student(s).


Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
Lives in the United States
High School and Middle School English
815 total reviews
566 completed classes

About Me


My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught high school and middle school English and have also taught middle school math. I have worked in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have taught all of the following classes: AP Language and... 
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