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Fahrenheit 451 Essay

School: Springfield Renaissance School

City/State: Springfield, MA

Grade(s): 10

Format(s): Essay

Subject(s): English Language Arts

Type(s): Argument/Opinion

Writing Assignment Description: 

Using the novel, Fahrenheit 451 and various informational texts, students addressed the guiding question—Has Ray Bradbury’s vision of the future come to fruition?

Students had to reference the book and at least two of the following articles in their essay:

At 80, Ray Bradbury still fighting the future he foresaw

Man behind NSA leaks says he did it to safeguard privacy, liberty

Privacy fears grow as cities increase surveillance

They loved your GPA. Then they saw your tweets.

An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness

How This Writing Can Be Useful: 

  • Showcases the use of precise vocabulary and sentence structure to establish strong author's voice
  • Establishes a clear topic and supports the topic with well-chosen relevant facts and citations from text
  • Models how to use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify connections between complex ideas

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
RL.9-10.1
  • I can cite text-based evidence that provides strong and thorough support for an analysis of literary text.
W.9-10.1
  • I can write an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence.
W.9-10.9
  • I can select evidence from literary informational texts to support analysis, reflection and research.
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