Reflection: Checks for Understanding Read All About It! Sensationalism in F451 (Day 2 of 2) - Section 1: Review of Sensationalism


This margin notes on sensationalism images shows you that I gathered the handouts from yesterday and examined them in order to prepare for today's lesson which importantly bridges the content into the novel.  I am looking, in the margin notes, to see if the students have applied some of the traits of sensationalism: black/white thinking, emotional appeals, etc.  These were mentioned in yesterday's lesson in depth.  In general, the students did surprisingly well, noting the various uses of sensationalism.  They enjoyed the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon the best, I think, but the Bat Boy excerpt from a tabloid headline also caught their interest.  Will they be able to connect this theme to the obvious examples in F451?  I think so, but I am not sure if they will be able to fully grasp how mentally polluted the society in the book is, the effects that this has in creating simplistic thinking, and...drum roll please... how dangerously prone our society can be to the same thing if we are not careful, critical readers.  But that's the value of reading this novel, as it bolsters every readers critical appraisal of our world. 

  Checks for Understanding: Student Margin Notes on Sensationalism
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Read All About It! Sensationalism in F451 (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 6: Literary: Analyzing Figurative Language in Fahrenheit 451
Lesson 7 of 14

Objective: SWBAT identify and explain the theme of sensationalism in F451 by discussing out-of-text examples in groups and then by focusing that insight on the character's plight in F451.

Big Idea: We turn back to F451 with new insights on sensationalism--bringing new understanding to our reading of the text.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Comprehension (Reading), humanism, language choice, connotation, denotation, bias, propaganda, sensationalism, Critical Reading, critical thinking, biasm, media, figurative language, comparison paper
  46 minutes
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