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Fahrenheit 451: First Section - The Hearth and The Salamander

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In this class, we will examine the first section of Fahrenheit 451 as a work of literature and contrast it with our world today in preparation for learners tackling the book in school, or reading it for personal growth and enjoyment.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
  • To understand the storyline so far. To understand the issues and themes raised in this section of the novel. To notice the devices used such as figurative language and symbology of fire in this section. To understand the character Mildred. To engage with issues raised and compare them to the issues we face today.
I have taught in primary (elementary) schools and secondary (high) schools in the UK and Belgium, and I have taught online for four years as a TEFL teacher, teaching children aged 3-16. 

I am currently undertaking a lengthy Literature course and I hope to bring the skills I am learning as well as my love for literature to these classes.

Homework Offered
Read the next section of the novel, The Sieve and The Sand.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Write 500 words (or more) on what you have learned from reading The Hearth and The Salamander.
Grades Offered
Pen or pencils and paper as well as a copy of Fahrenheit 451.
This book can be emotionally challenging, especially in this section.

In this section, Mildred overdoses on her sleeping tablets. It is unclear if this was deliberate or an accident due to Mildred having a very short attention span. Her stomach is pumped and her husband Montag tries to address the matter with her the next morning, but she has forgotten about it.

According to the schools syllabuses, this book is taught in schools to 14-16 year olds, hence my suggested appropriate age for this class.
Fahrenheit 451.
Joined February, 2021
Teacher expertise and credentials
Non-US Teaching Certificate - English/Language Arts
Hi! I am a teacher from England, UK. I have taught in UK schools and one school in Belgium. I have taught English online for six years. I am a regularly published writer, and have just released another novel. I teach English grammar lessons, and I... 
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Ages: 14-18
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