Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Comparing "Burning a Book" to Fahrenheit 451 - Section 3: "Burning a Book"


Throughout our reading of Fahrenheit 451, we have talked about the danger of burning books. Many students cited book burning as a tactic used during the Nazi regime, so I think that this poem threw them for a loop. The sentence in the second stanza that encourages the burning of "character-less" books certainly got a reaction.


Even though the writer may have been referring to his own writing process and burning his own bad ideas, not those of others, the concept of burning "bad" books at least makes students think. One student wrote "that's not true!" in response to the line about burning books, which I loved. The response shows conviction! We stopped to discuss whether burning a book is ever a good idea, and if so when. It was interesting to watch students develop their ideas and challenge each other. 

  Should we burn books?
  Discourse and Questioning: Should we burn books?
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Comparing "Burning a Book" to Fahrenheit 451

Unit 9: Fahrenheit 451: The Hearth and the Salamander
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze the representation of a subject in two different artistic mediums by comparing how two different authors discuss the act of burning a book.

Big Idea: True or False: "Some books ought to burn..."

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