Informational texts to accompany Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
Written in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 shows us a dystopian society that rejects books, independent thought, and person-to-person connections. Rather, the collective most enjoys television and radio — so much so that some characters identify those on the TV or radio as family. The protagonist, Guy Montag, is a fireman whose job is to burn books (which are outlawed). Guy goes through the motions of his job until events around him rattle his resolve and he begins to search for answers. Guy begins taking books from fire sites and searches for meaning within their pages. Soon thereafter, Montag finds himself and his home targeted by his fellow fireman and retreats into exile. Fahrenheit 451 explores the role technology plays in human lives, interactions, and futures.
Additional Reading Practice
- "Am I Pretty or Ugly?" Videos a Symptom of Toxic Media Culture (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.2)
- Social Media: It's So 1st Century BC (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Internet Speeds (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.7)
- Troubling Disclosures Are Likely to Change How the NSA Does Its Spying (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
- The Age of Social Media (Grade 8; CCSS.RI.8.1)
- Teaching Kids to Be Digital Citizens (Grade 9; CCSS.RI.9-10.1; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- Social Media In and Out of School (Grade 10; CCSS.RI.9-10.1; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- The Value of Virtual Connections (Grade 11; CCSS.RI.11-12.1; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Social Media: What are the benefits and drawbacks of using social media?
- Technology and Art: How does our experience of literature change when it is delivered in different mediums?