Ch 8: Novel Exemplars: Grapes of Wrath & Fahrenheit 451

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These lessons help students grasp the essentials of ''Fahrenheit 451'' and ''The Grapes of Wrath. The information presented here can help with test prep, classroom performance, and more.

Novel Exemplars: Grapes of Wrath & Fahrenheit 451 - Chapter Summary

These lessons are focused on two major contemporary works, Fahrenheit 451 and The Grapes of Wrath. Students can study the plot, characters and symbolism in these works, while examining the themes, dystopian elements, and characterizations in depth. These brief lessons take between five and ten minutes to complete, yet are packed with information. Engaging presentation and well-thought-out writing keeps students engaged, while the lesson quizzes and chapter tests provide assessment. Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:

  • Summarize the plot, characters and themes in each of the novels
  • Describe dystopian characteristics and elements in Fahrenheit 451
  • Explain and analyze irony, literary devices, symbolism and symbols in Fahrenheit 451
  • Identify the author of and symbols in The Grapes of Wrath, and analyze the novel

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Novel Exemplars: Grapes of Wrath & Fahrenheit 451
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Fahrenheit 451: Summary, Characters & Themes

1. Fahrenheit 451: Summary, Characters & Themes

During this lesson, we will learn about Ray Bradbury's dystopian science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451, which is about firefighters who are tasked with burning books instead of putting out fires. We will cover the novel's plot, characters, and major themes.

Fahrenheit 451 Dystopian Characteristics & Elements

2. Fahrenheit 451 Dystopian Characteristics & Elements

A dystopia is a world of oppressive misery and hopelessness, often post-apocalyptic. Identify the key elements and characteristics of censorship, dehumanization, and authoritarian control that make Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' a classic work of dystopian literature.

Literary Devices in Fahrenheit 451

3. Literary Devices in Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury makes use of a variety of literary devices in 'Fahrenheit 451'. Identify examples of motifs, similes, and allusions throughout the text, adding depth and meaning to components of the novel's dystopian society.

Symbolism & Symbols in Fahrenheit 451: Examples & Analysis

4. Symbolism & Symbols in Fahrenheit 451: Examples & Analysis

Ray Bradbury makes use of symbolism through a variety of concepts and objects that link together discrete messages that enhance the overall meaning of the story. Identify the major symbols created through books, fire, and rivers.

Irony in Fahrenheit 451: Examples & Analysis

5. Irony in Fahrenheit 451: Examples & Analysis

Irony occurs when a result is the opposite of the expected outcome, and is used by Bradbury in 'Fahrenheit 451' to emphasize several concepts. See the dramatic irony involving the firemen, verbal irony surrounding Mildred, and situational irony describing Montag's character change.

The Grapes of Wrath: Summary, Characters & Themes

6. The Grapes of Wrath: Summary, Characters & Themes

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is a gritty, realistic look at life in the Dust Bowl in America during the Great Depression. This lesson will focus on the summary, characters, and themes of The Grapes of Wrath.

The Grapes of Wrath: Author, Symbols & Analysis

7. The Grapes of Wrath: Author, Symbols & Analysis

Chances are you've heard of the book The Grapes of Wrath. No, it isn't about a winery or fruit gone bad. This lesson will set you straight on this important work of American fiction, shed light on the symbolism used, and fill you in on its author, John Steinbeck.

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