Reflection: Relevance Meeting Clarisse: How Direct Characterization Affects How We Read a Text - Section 2: Meeting Clarisse


For the time first in all my years teaching this text, I got a different response when I paused to talk about sitting by candlelight during a power outages or gathering around a campfire. For the first time, students reported that they don't gather with their family when the power goes out. No storytelling or board games at the kitchen table. Instead, they watch a movie or play a game on their computer/phone/ipad alone in their bedrooms. There is enough battery power to last several hours, so they don't "need" to share flashlights or candles with their family. Several of them don't even have good memories of these occasions in childhood. I'm actually not sure what to do with this information. It makes me really sad. Not even a snowstorm can break them free from their routine/ comfort zone and it makes me wonder how they will perceive this text. I already try to make it relevant and personal, but I think I need to reevaluate and really structure the reading for the new challenges we face in 2014. 


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Meeting Clarisse: How Direct Characterization Affects How We Read a Text

Unit 9: Fahrenheit 451: The Hearth and the Salamander
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone by citing words and phrases from Fahrenheit 451 and determining their effect, specifically on characterization.

Big Idea: If you describe someone as "like candlelight," what are you saying about that person?

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