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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

OBJECTIVE 1: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge


of literature through the reading of Fahrenheit 451.
PA STANDARD 1.1.8.G: Demonstrate after reading understanding and interpretation of
both fiction and nonfiction text.
PA STANDARD 1.3.8.A: Read and understand works of literature.
PA STANDARD 1.3.8.B: Analyze the use of literary elements by an author.
PA STANDARD 1.3.8.C: Analyze the effect of various literary devices.
PA STANDARD 1.3.8.E: Analyze drama to determine the reasons for a characters
actions taking into account the situation and basic motivation of the character.
PA STANDARD 1.6.8.B: Listen to selections of literature (fiction and nonfiction).
PA STANDARD 1.6.8.D: Contribute to discussions.

OBJECTIVE 2: Students will increase their vocabulary, and know at least 85 percent of
the new vocabulary words.
PA STANDARD 1.1.8.E: Expand a reading vocabulary by identifying and correctly using
idioms and words with literal and figurative meanings.
PA STANDARD 1.1.8.F: Understand the meaning of and apply key vocabulary across the
various subject areas.
Objective 1 and 2 both fall under the cognitive domain. The classroom I taught in
was a Language Arts B room, which translates to a reading class. The more traditional
English class was taught in another classroom, so my lessons had to be focused more on a
literature aspect. Objective 1 will mostly cover knowledge. Comprehension, analysis,

synthesis, and some evaluation will also be touched upon. Objective 2, being a
vocabulary objective, will be more limited in its scope: covering knowledge,
comprehension, and application.
The novel Fahrenheit 451 deals with the ideas of censorship and free thought at its
core. I attempted to incorporate the idea that human beings think in words, and for most
of the students that would mean they think in English. The novel was written in the
1950s, and makes some startling accurate predictions about the future. The introduction
of the idea of near total censorship and control of the populace, by the state, and the
danger it may present to people is an important idea. The novel shows the far flung result
of when a populace gives up their responsibility to think for themselves, and the disasters
that may come from such a relinquishment. The students should be able to garner a sense
of the importance of thinking for themselves, not giving into peer pressure, to not go
along with the crowd, and how and why books, or more importantly accurate information
is so very vital to the functioning of a free society.