Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Analyzing Allusions in Fahrenheit 451 to Develop a Deeper Understanding of Montag - Section 3: Read: The Martyr


Fahrenheit 451 is fairly easy to read, in that the language is approachable and it can move pretty fast. But it also very easy to read this text and miss important elements. I know that my students understand the plot and the basic message of the text, but I'm not convinced that they understand the everyday implications of this story. Many see few parallels between the society in the text and our own. 


I was thinking about this concept after class today and think that concentrating on Captain Beatty might be a way to bridge this gap. We just learned today that Beatty has read books, so now we need to ask why he wants to keep others from reading. What doesn't he like about knowledge/ what is he afraid of? These concepts might be something that students can relate to more easily. They are also concepts that Beatty will discuss more in the next section, so I will look for a way to help students connect his ideas with our world. 

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Analyzing Allusions in Fahrenheit 451 to Develop a Deeper Understanding of Montag

Unit 9: Fahrenheit 451: The Hearth and the Salamander
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with each other, and develop a theme by tracing Montag's growth.

Big Idea: What does it mean to be a martyr?

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