Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding The Mechanical Hound: Using Context Clues to Understand Deeper Meaning - Section 3: Mechanical Hound


I'm surprised at how quickly this class understood the subtle irony within this text. From the first few paragraphs, they saw that this fireman wasn't doing what he was supposed to do. They really didn't need any cues from me. And today, they understood that a firehouse is supposed to have a dog, traditionally a dalmatian, that helps-- not one that hunts and kills. They saw the irony of the situation. The really interesting part of me was that, while they seem to understand important elements of the text, they are still "fooled" in other ways. Many think that Montag is being paranoid about the dog, that he just feels guilty. And maybe that is a plausible response when you don't know what's coming (I can't remember that I expected on my first read), yet it strikes me nonetheless that they see the irony but not the villain in the room.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Irony
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The Mechanical Hound: Using Context Clues to Understand Deeper Meaning

Unit 9: Fahrenheit 451: The Hearth and the Salamander
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: SWBAT cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text by unpacking the text and illustrating.

Big Idea: Dogs are supposed to be man's best friend. Does the mechanical hound count?

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