Day 3

Fahrenheit 451 Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Why Books?

    Kind of Activity:

    Guided discussion

    Objective:

    To understand that books are the medium but not the message

    Structure:

    What did Bradbury's world lose when it lost its books? Elicit ideas from the class. Can these things be found only in books of paper and ink?

    Bring attention to Faber's argument that the televisions and radios could provide the same "porous" content (to use his metaphor) that books had. Why do the visual media in this world fail to produce work of value?

    Now think about our own world. Does television fill the old function of books? What are some current programs that Faber would appreciate? What are some that Millie and her friends...

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