Fahrenheit 451 Unit Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Fahrenheit 451' is a science fiction novel by Ray Bradbury about a futuristic dystopian society in which the government controls the citizens through censorship. This asset provides an outline for a unit of study about this intriguing novel.

Fahrenheit 451

In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the citizens of the dystopian society don't seem to care that they live under government control. That's because free will has been displaced by technological gadgets. This novel exposes students to the potential dangers of technology, censorship, and government control. It also exposes students to rich use of figurative language and symbolism, as Bradbury is masterful in his use of literary devices. This unit plan will support teachers by providing an outline for using the instructional assets for this novel.


As students read the novel, discussions about the characters, plot, setting, and themes will ensure that students gain a thorough understanding of these concepts. The Study Guide Questions for Fahrenheit 451 support student comprehension of the novel with scaffolded questions that take students from simple recall through more advanced critical thinking about the author's choices and their effect on the reader.

As discussions about the novel advance, Fahrenheit 451 Discussion Questions guide classes toward deeper literary analysis and stronger text connections. Students can pull text evidence from the novel that they integrate with their background knowledge to justify thorough answers to questions about this book.

Activities and Lessons

Cross-curricular activities related to the novel keep students engaged and expand their thinking about the major ideas presented in this book. Teachers can turn to a variety of interactive activities that keep students engaged throughout this novel study. The Fahrenheit 451 Activities asset provides opportunities for students to participate in speech, art, drama, and technology activities related to the major themes and key ideas from the novel. Students will enjoy these collaborative and kinesthetic activities as they continue learning about Fahrenheit 451.

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