Mr. David N. Chung
Title: Fahrenheit 451  [McDougal Littell, 1998]
Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: Science Fiction

Class Blog:

  • Week 1: About the Author, Background Info, Themes, Dystopia
    • Readings/Writings/Seminar:
      • Monday:
        • AOW
        • Background Reading on Ray Bradbury & F451;
        • Annotations on background reading
      • Tuesday:  
      • Wednesday
        • DUE: Day 2 [p15-31]; Reader Response Notes (DOC)
          • ends with "...while his mouth opened and began to laugh, very softly."
        • DUE: Day 3  [p32-44]; Reader Response Notes (DOC)
          • ends with "...right by the corner where we turn for the firehouse."
      • Thursday:  
      • Friday
        • EXAM 1: F451- The Hearth and Salamander
    • Collaboration: Blog at

  • Week 2: Readings for Days 5-6, 7-10; Symbolism, Paradoxes, Socratic Seminars
    • Readings:
    • Writing: "Apathy: Entertainment, Happiness, & True Freedom"
    • Collaboration: Jigsaw [Censorship, Political Correctness, Happiness, Entertainment]
  • Week 3: Readings, Socratic Seminar
    • Readings:
      • "The Censors"
      • CODA: link
      • Post-Reading Questions
    • Writing: In-Class Essay
    • Collaboration: Lit Circles, Soc Seminar
  • Week 4: Hero's Journey
    • Readings:
      • Bloom's Crit #1 (Watt, "Symbolic Dystopia")
      • Bloom's Crit #2: Jigsaw
    • Film:Minority Report
    • Writing: Hero's Journey Archetype
    • Collaboration: Post-Reading Questions
  • Flex:

Ray Bradbury:

Novel Guide:


Symbols, Devices:


Literature Circles / Think Like a Disciplinarian [Academic Disciplines]:

WRITING Resources:


  • Narrative Analysis 3.2: Analyze the way in which the theme or meaning of a selection represents a view or comment on life, using textual evidence to support the claim.
  • Narrative Analysis 3.5c: Evaluate the philosophical, political, religious, ethical, and social influences of the historical period that shaped the characters, plots, and settings.
  • Narrative Analysis 3.6: Analyze the way in which authors...[use] archetypes drawn from myth and tradition in literature, film, political and religious writings.
  • Literary Criticism 3.12: Analyze the way in which a work of literature is related to the themes and issues of its historical periods.
  • Literary Criticism 3.8:  Analyze the clarity and consistency of political assumptions in a selection of literary works or essays on a topic.
  • Literary Criticism 3.9: Analyze the philosophical arguments presented in literary works to determine whether the author's positions have contributed to the quality of each work and the credibility of the characters.
  • Research & Technology 1.3:  Use clear research questions and suitable research methods (e.g., library, electronic media, personal interview) to elicit and present evidence from primary and secondary sources.
  • Research & Technology 1.4: Develop the main ideas within the body of the composition through supporting evidence (e.g., scenarios, commonly held beliefs, hypotheses, definitions).
  • Research & Technology 1.5: Synthesize information from multiple sources and identify complexities and discrepancies in the information and the different perspectives found in each medium (e.g., almanacs, microfiche, news sources, in-depth field studies, speeches, journals, technical documents).
  • Research & Technology 1.6:  Integrate quotations and citations into a written text while maintaining the flow of ideas.
  • Research & Technology 1.7: Use appropriate conventions for documentation in the text, notes, and bibliographies by adhering to those in style manuals (e.g., Modern Language Association Handbook).

  • Manuscript Form 1.5:  Reflect appropriate manuscript requirements, including a) title page presentation, b) pagination, c) spacing and margins, and d) integration of source and support material with appropriate citations.
Listening & Speaking
  • Speaking Applications 2.3 [Dialogue] & 2.4 Oral Responses to Literature:  a) prepare/ask relevant questions, make and support assertions, structure ideas in a logical fashion