Fahrenheit 451: Lesson Four

Contributor: Melissa Kowalski. Lesson ID: 12647

You hear news every day, whether it is earth-shaking world news or what your little sibling found on the sidewalk. Is it good to have just a few sources for news or the flood that is modern media?


Literary Studies

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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From what sources do you get your news? How do you know these (or any) sources are reliable?

As you may recall from the previous Related Lesson (right-hand sidebar), Fahrenheit 451 has been censored at least once in the United States.

Ray Bradbury was alive when this happened and was informed of the event. Watch his reaction in the following video clip and answer the questions in the notebook or journal you have been keeping for this series:

  • Do you agree with Bradbury's method for combatting censorship?
  • How does Bradbury's reaction remind you of Faber from the novel?
  • What about Bradbury's thoughts on the theme of Fahrenheit 451 surprises you?

Watch Ray Bradbury on Censorship and Book Burnings (raybradbury.com) and answer the questions.

  • Do you agree with Bradbury's statement that television shows today are more about "factoids" than real news? Why or why not?

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When you have finished reflecting on Bradbury's thoughts on censorship and television, you are ready to begin reading the next section of the novel. You are picking up where you left off from the last lesson, where Mildred asks Guy to stop making her friends nervous and read up until the line, "Good night, Mrs. Black, he thought." Use your copy of the novel that you have been reading for the rest of the series and answer the questions in your Fahrenheit 451 Reading Log for Lesson Four in your notebook or journal. (You can find the Fahrenheit 451 Reading Log in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.)

When you have finished reading and answering the questions, move on to the Got It? section to explore Bradbury's thoughts on the Internet.

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