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Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury


YAL Presenter Unit 2010/2011

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2010
Unit Created by: Polly Mills and Germania Solórzano

What makes this a good YAL choice...

Fahrenheit 451 is a good YAL book because it is an award-winning masterpiece of science fiction, exploring themes of censorship and the rights of the individual and the culture in relationship to the demands of the market and the state. Author Ray Bradbury has been generous in interviews and as an essayist revealing his process of writing this novel, beginning as a short story, and revealing his own struggles with censorship and unauthorized editing of the novel when it was released as a paperback for high school students. The novel presents an opportunity for teachers and students to explore creative writing principles of permission and audience and how writers must strike a balance, use judgment, and consider tone — Polly Mills


YAL Conference Workshop Description & Documents
Fahrenheit 451: A Novelist Fights Fire with Art and You Can Too
Polly Mills and Germania Solórzano, Presenters

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s science fiction masterpiece, defends the rights, perceptions, and imaginations of individuals versus the needs of the state. It challenges readers to question big ideas, evaluate sources of information, respond to power with critical thinking and creativity, and take a personal, ethical inventory. Questions are raised and answers are suggested through scene, character, point of view, sensory perception, and other tools of the writer's craft.

This workshop will explore the novel as both an inquiry and a work of art. We’ll look into Bradbury’s process and perceptions, especially how he used point of view and the heightened imaginative state as creative tools in response to oppression. We’ll offer resources to support inquiry into censorship and other issues of civil liberties and inquiry into art as a powerful response to oppression. We’ll also peek into ways this enduring story has been told across different media and generations. — Workshop Description for YAL 2010


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