Fahrenheit 451 Webquest and Mini-Presentation
Libguide by Mrs. Venkataraman
“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches.” - Ray Bradbury
Fiction reflects the time, place and culture in which it was written. There are some topics that must be fully familiar with to fully understand the context and themes of Fahrenheit 451. Each of you is going to help teach the class about these topics. As a group, you will research one backgroup topic and prepare a mini presentation to inform your classmates about it. Working together in class, you and your group will:
- Research a topic using at least three reputable sources
- Prepare a presentation to teach the class the most important information about this topic, using Powerpoint, Google Slides, or another digital application (no more than 7 minutes long in total)
- Include at least 5 slides with descriptions and explanations, and at least three photos and.or videos
Following is the rubric for this project:
- The presenation provides an overview of the topic with relevant, pertinent information that demonstrates thorough research and relevance to the novel (40%)
- The presentation meets the requirements for slides and photos or videos, and length (20%)
- All facts, quotes and sources are cited using MLA format (10%) Purdue Owl - MLA Formatting & Style Guide
- You work diligently in the class time allowed for this project, as observed by me (10%)
Following are suggested, reputable websites for your research. Of course, you may use others.
Following are topics for research. Each group will be assigned one:
- McCarthyism and The Red Scare
- The House Un-American Activities Committee
- American Life in the 1950s
- What is Communism? Why were Americans afraid of it? Why did some embrace it?
- Book burning/banning in Nazi Germany
- Book burning/banning in the Soviet Union
Helpful Databases to Use
Gale Biography in Context - on left click on Biography. Go to Biography in Context. Search Ray Bradbury
Gale US History in Context - on left click on History, go to U.S. History in Context. Search McCarthyism, The Red Scare, communism and do an advance search on the 1950s.
Gale World History in Context - on left click on History, go to World History in Context. Search McCarthyism, The Red Scare, communism and do an advance search on book buring and Nazi Germany. Also, advance search on book burning and the Soviet Union.
Gale Power Search - on the upper right side enter in keywords to search to use Gale Power Search - try book burning, etc.
E-books to Use
Gale Reference Library - On the left click on the E-Reference Books. Click on the orange GVRL database. Enter in keywords to search such as Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, McCarthyism, The Red Scare,, The House Un-American Activities Committee, 1950s, Communism, book buring and Nazi Germany, book burning and the Soviet Union.
Follett Destiny Software (under catalog)- search e-books using keywords as above.
Helpful Resources in the Media Center - See Mrs. V. for the cart of resources being held for this project.