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Fahrenheit 451 WebQuest

  1. 1. Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ A WebQuest for 9th Grade (American Literature)‏ Designed by Brett Taylor [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page Fahrenheit 451 and Censorship
  2. 2. Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a story that makes a serious social criticism of censorship in literature. In this WebQuest we will look into the history of literature censorship and book burning, why it occurs and what it means to you. Critical literature such as Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is critical in precipitating social change. For this WebQuest you will also be producing your own piece of critical literature that either supports or opposes censorship. Introduction “ "Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings" ~Heinrich Heine
  3. 3. Student Page Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ <ul><li>After reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, you will work in groups of three or four to complete the following WebQuest. In your groups you will research and discuss the history of literature censorship. Each of you will then complete and publish an essay that argues your position on literature censorship and book burning. In order to complete this essay you will need to collect information on the history of literature censorship and place your findings into graphic organizers. After discussing these findings within your groups you will then be ready to complete your persuasive essay either defending or opposing literature censorship and burning. Throughout the research and writing processes you will want to keep the following questions in mind. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is censorship? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For what reasons does censorship occur? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How are historic and modern instances of censorship similar to the world that Bradbury describes in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do any modern cases of censorship effect you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you agree or disagree with the various cases of censorship you learn about? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you think of any other ways that censorship effects you today? </li></ul></ul>Title The Task &quot;We have a natural right to make use of our pens as our tongues, at our own peril, risk and hazard.” ~Voltaire Your essay should address these questions!
  4. 4. The Process Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Step 1: Gathering Information <ul><li>Before anything else you will first need to gather information on the history of literature censorship and book burning. Explore the following sites to find information on the kind of censorship that Ray Bradbury writes on in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ALA Banned Books Week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Banned Books Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book Burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A closer look at book burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church group burns Potter books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>47 million pirated publications destroyed in China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nazi book burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21st Century Book Burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is censorship? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Censorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Degenerate Art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peter Zenger and Freedom of the Press </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>About Ray Bradbury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Censorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Censorship (Legal Cases)‏ </li></ul></ul>Step 2: Organize and Discuss Information <ul><li>Once you have gathered enough information you will need to get in groups of three or four and organize your findings into three categories: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cases of censorship from the past </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current cases of censorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current censorship issues that directly impact me </li></ul></ul>Remember the central questions you will be addressing in your essay as you sort through the information you have gathered. As you share your findings with each other, you will cooperate in reaching conclusions to these questions and will benefit from each others research. Step 3: Write Your Essay The format your essay takes is in your hands. It does not have to be a traditional persuasive essay, but you still need to establish and defend a position either in opposition or defense of censorship and should also address the central questions that are detailed on the task page. Your paper should be a minimum of 3 pages and should follow all the conventions of a a well written essay. “ “ Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.&quot; ~Potter Stewart
  5. 5. Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Evaluation Beginning 1 Developing 2 Accomplished 3 Exemplary 4 Score paper shows an understanding of the role of censorship in modern day as well as the past Student's paper is focused on another theme and/or does not show a full understanding of censorship Student slightly addresses the theme of censorship, but may not define it in his or her own words. Student is focused on the theme of censorship and has a working definition of censorship in the students own words that shows an understanding of the topic. Student maintains a clear focus on censorship and defines it in his or her own words showing a deep understanding of the topic. research supports students writing Student's writing is not developed by examples and doesn't necessarily show an engagement with WebQuest sources. Student has engaged a few of the WebQuest sources and gives 1 or 2 supporting examples. Student has engaged a variety of WebQuest sources and gives several supporting examples. Student clearly engages a variety of WebQuest sources, researches outside of given WebQuest sources and provides several supporting examples. argument demonstrates logical reasoning and sound judgement The argument is disorganized and doesn't progress logically. Many questions go unanswered. The argument somewhat organized, links between concepts are faintly evident and some questions go unanswered. The argument is well organized. The student has clearly shown their thought process which flows logically. Their might be a question or two that has gone unanswered. The argument is well organized. The student clearly shows their thought process which flows logically and is free of fallacy. No question has gone unanswered. student's paper addresses the questions posed to them Paper addresses one or two of the central questions posed in the Paper addresses three of the central questions posed in the Paper addresses four or five of the central questions posed in the Paper addresses all of the central questions posed in the Conventions There are many errors in conventions that detract from the student's writing and the overall ability of the piece to communicate There are a number of errors in conventions that at times detract from the student's writing and the overall ability of the piece to communicate. The piece is relatively error free. Errors in conventions rarely detract from the student's writing and the overall ability of the piece to communicate. There are very few errors in conventions and. Errors don't detract from the student's writing and the overall ability of the piece to communicate.
  6. 6. Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Book burning and censorship is not just something that happens in science fiction novels. In fact book burning still happens for various reasons even today. Hopefully this WebQuest has given you a better understanding of the kinds of censorship that Ray Bradbury was warning against in Fahrenheit 451 as well as a better understanding of how censorship is used in contemporary society. Conclusion &quot;You have not converted a man because you have silenced him&quot; ~John Morley
  7. 7. Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Credits & References <ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><ul><li>451 by miscpix taken from flickr </li></ul></ul>Quotes from The Quote Garden
  8. 8. [ Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page A WebQuest for 9th Grade (American Literature)‏ Designed by Brett Taylor [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Fahrenheit 451 and Censorship (Teacher)‏
  9. 9. [ Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Introduction (Teacher)‏ This WebQuest is designed as a part of a unit on social criticism in literature and is meant to get students to get a concrete grasp on the issue of censorship in modern day as well as historic society. Why is censorship used? Who decides what we can and can't read? What impact does censorship have on my life? These are all questions that students should be able to answer by the end of the WebQuest.
  10. 10. [ Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Learners (Teacher)‏ The WebQuest is designed to be taught at the ninth grade level in an American Literature class, specifically in a unit that focuses on social criticism. However, it could certainly be used in any situation where Fahrenheit 451 is being taught. Prior to completing this WebQuest students should be familiar with the process of researching and writing papers.
  11. 11. [ Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Curriculum Standards (Teacher)‏ This WebQuest targets Colorado model content standard 4: Students apply thinking to their writing . . . as well as standard 5:Students read to locate, select and make use of relevant information from a variety of media, reference, and technological sources. In addition to these Colorado model content standards the WebQuest is designed to get students to start formulating opinions that they can defend with solid reasoning and logic. I want students to make the move from passively observing issues, to taking up an active role in the discourse.
  12. 12. [ Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion The Process (Teacher)‏ Step 1: Gathering Information <ul><li>Students should go through the following websites looking for pertainent information that will help them in completeing their essay. This will test the student's ability to sift and sort through a large amount of information. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ALA Banned Books Week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Banned Books Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book Burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A closer look at book burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church group burns Potter books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>47 million pirated publications destroyed in China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nazi book burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21st Century Book Burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is censorship? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Censorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Degenerate Art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peter Zenger and Freedom of the Press </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>About Ray Bradbury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Censorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Censorship (Legal Cases)‏ </li></ul></ul>Step 2: Organize and Discuss Information <ul><li>Once students have gathered enough information they will need to get in groups of three or four and organize their findings into three categories. If students would like to organize their findings differently they should clear their plan first with the teacher. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cases of censorship from the past </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current cases of censorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current censorship issues that directly impact me </li></ul></ul>Step 3: Write Your Essay The teacher should explain to students that the essay is not intended to be a standard persuassive essay (it can be) but encourage students to get creative with their approach. The main point here is that they address the questions from the Task portion of the WebQuest and defend some kind of stance on the issue of censorship.
  13. 13. [ Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Resources (Teacher)‏ <ul><ul><li>A class set of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to computers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Websites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ALA Banned Books Week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Banned Books Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book Burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A closer look at book burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church group burns Potter books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>47 million pirated publications destroyed in China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nazi book burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21st Century Book Burning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is censorship? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Censorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Degenerate Art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peter Zenger and Freedom of the Press </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>About Ray Bradbury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Censorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Censorship (Legal Cases)‏ </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. [ Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Evaluation (Teacher)‏ Beginning 1 Developing 2 Accomplished 3 Exemplary 4 Score paper shows an understanding of the role of censorship in modern day as well as the past Student's paper is focused on another theme and/or does not show a full understanding of censorship Student slightly addresses the theme of censorship, but may not define it in his or her own words. Student is focused on the theme of censorship and has a working definition of censorship in the students own words that shows an understanding of the topic. Student maintains a clear focus on censorship and defines it in his or her own words showing a deep understanding of the topic. research supports students writing Student's writing is not developed by examples and doesn't necessarily show an engagement with WebQuest sources. Student has engaged a few of the WebQuest sources and gives 1 or 2 supporting examples. Student has engaged a variety of WebQuest sources and gives several supporting examples. Student clearly engages a variety of WebQuest sources, researches outside of given WebQuest sources and provides several supporting examples. argument demonstrates logical reasoning and sound judgement The argument is disorganized and doesn't progress logically. Many questions go unanswered. The argument somewhat organized, links between concepts are faintly evident and some questions go unanswered. The argument is well organized. The student has clearly shown their thought process which flows logically. Their might be a question or two that has gone unanswered. The argument is well organized. The student clearly shows their thought process which flows logically and is free of fallacy. No question has gone unanswered. student's paper addresses the questions posed to them Paper addresses one or two of the central questions posed in the Paper addresses three of the central questions posed in the Paper addresses four or five of the central questions posed in the Paper addresses all of the central questions posed in the Conventions There are many errors in conventions that detract from the student's writing and the overall ability of the piece to communicate There are a number of errors in conventions that at times detract from the student's writing and the overall ability of the piece to communicate. The piece is relatively error free. Errors in conventions rarely detract from the student's writing and the overall ability of the piece to communicate. There are very few errors in conventions and. Errors don't detract from the student's writing and the overall ability of the piece to communicate.
  15. 15. [ Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Conclusion Conclusion (Teacher)‏ Book burning and censorship is not just something that happens in science fiction novels. In fact book burning still happens for various reasons even today. Hopefully this WebQuest has given you a better understanding of the kinds of censorship that Ray Bradbury was warning against in Fahrenheit 451 as well as a better understanding of how censorship is used in contemporary society and how you are affected by it.
  16. 16. [ Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Credits & References (Teacher)‏ <ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><ul><li>451 by miscpix taken from flickr </li></ul></ul>Quotes from The Quote Garden

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