Reflection: Relevance Meeting Mildred's Friends and Detemining Theme - Section 2: Read: Meeting Mildred's Friends


I teach this text as a way to reflect on our own lives. I work to make it relevant, but I always struggle with this section. The depictions of family relationships, prevalence of abortions, and nonchalant attitude toward war make me nervous. These are contentious topics for any age and I worry that the conversation will get away from me. Today, I tried to give them enough leeway to react to the reading, but not enough to make possibly offensive statements about war or divorce or abortions, any of which could get ugly very quickly. It's a balancing act that I haven't quite mastered, but I think it's important to let them react, so that they understand why Mrs. Phelps reacts so dramatically to the poem. These women are unhappy, but are hiding behind a facade of happiness. I hope that my students don't "know" these women, but they do. We all do.

  Do we know these women?
  Relevance: Do we know these women?
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Meeting Mildred's Friends and Detemining Theme

Unit 10: Fahrenheit 451: The Sieve and the Sand
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: SWBAT determine a theme of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of a text by analyzing how society has effected Mildred and her friends.

Big Idea: What does a life without books do to a person?

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