Reflection: Online Resources F451: Anticipation - Section 1: Anticipatory Set


While I strive day after day to create as many of my own materials as possible in my classroom, I would be remiss if I did not consistently see what resources are out there already that may keep me from hours of work simply to reinvent the wheel. One HUGE concern within the teaching profession these days is the issue of time. We continue to have less and less time, while being expected to do more and more within it. In order to continue trying to do more with less, it becomes necessary to draw from one another's experiences and expertise. In just such a search, I came upon many materials that were created by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of their event, The Big Read.

While there are pieces that I like more or less than others, and I do not use each and every piece as written, these materials provided me with some trustworthy and reliable items to infuse into my novel study to continue improving it, while also making it feel more fresh for me as well. It can begin to feel rather monotonous and painful to teach a lesson upwards of five times a day, year after year, about the same book. In order to avoid this slump, I continually look for ways to infuse new life into my unit plans. I really enjoy this particular novel, and love the impact it has on the students each year. I would hate to have to table such a classic and beloved piece of literature simply because I was just too bored with it to teach it anymore. 

The Big Read program created a number of fantastic resources for many books, at multiple levels. They then made these resources available to the public for free. I think they are pretty fantastic and highly recommend considering infusing some or all of the resources they provide into your own units and lessons to help breathe new life into them and reinvigorate yourself at the same time. 

  The Big Read - National Endowment for the Arts
  Online Resources: The Big Read - National Endowment for the Arts
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F451: Anticipation

Unit 5: Fahrenheit 451 - Novel Study
Lesson 1 of 16

Objective: Students will participate in a class discussion about censorship and society.

Big Idea: Should Some Ideas Be Censored?

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English / Language Arts, Reading, anticipation guides, Ray Bradbury, beliefs, anticipation, fahrenheit 451, value, opinion
  50 minutes
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