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A Ray (Bradbury) of Hope

If you teach Fahrenheit 451, you might be interested to know that I just posted three great tools that’ll make your job so much easier. (Shameless Plug Alert)

First, dazzle your kids with a 43-slide introductory Prezi lecture that’ll pull them into Montag’s futuristic dystopia and make them marvel at Ray Bradbury’s prophetic insights. Seriously, the guy dreamed up ATMs, earbuds, and wall-sized flat screen TVs way back in the 1950s. Impressive, no?

Then, use this set of critical thinking worksheets in a variety of ways as you take students through the novel. I vary my use of these handouts – one day they’ll serve as small group discussion starters, the next day I’ll use a set as a homework assignment, and a few select questions from a third set will become in-class short-answer quiz material.

Finally, I built a close-reading lesson on “Dover Beach,” the poem that protagonist Montag uses to try to evoke some humanity from his wretched wife Mildred and her equally vapid friends.

Now that 20Time is finished, it feels good to get back into curriculum building. In fact, even though summer is still two months away I’m already building my summer vacation “to do” list. A non-boring research essay writing unit is at the top of my list, but I’m wondering if you have any other requests? Leave a comment below or send me an email and I’ll add your curriculum wish to my idea notebook. I can’t promise I’ll be able to turn every idea into a download, but you know I’ll do my best to build some cool new tools before the fall semester begins.

Hope you’re having a great week. Teach on, everyone!

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