Students will read the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury as a major part of their grade this quarter. The book was published in 1953 and is the story of an alternate future in which firemen are called to start fires rather than extinguish them. Books are illegal and must be burned, and television is a much preferable form of information.
10th Grade English 2 will examine the Impact of Technology and the Power of Information in their reading and writing this quarter. In addition to reading the novel Fahrenheit 451, students will continue to read articles in order to analyze and evaluate the information in non-fiction sources. A theme of our articles this quarter will track the evolution of informational technology from ancient graffiti and the invention of the printing press, through modern sources such as social media, personal entertainment devices, and digital technology. The focus will be on evaluating their worth to enhancing our lives and empowering us with information.
California State Standards for English Language Arts
Grades Nine and Ten
3.7 Recognize and understand the significance of various literary devices, including figurative language, imagery, allegory, and symbolism, and explain their appeal.
1.5 Synthesize information from multiple sources and identify complexities and discrepancies in the information and the different perspectives found in each medium (e.g., almanacs, microfiche, news sources, in-depth field studies, speeches, journals, technical documents).
Listening and Speaking
1.3 Choose logical patterns of organization (e.g., chronological, topical, cause and effect) to inform and to persuade, by soliciting agreement or action, or to unite audiences behind a common belief or cause.
Big Ideas Covered in this Unit
The impact of technology on the lives of humanity, especially who the technology benefits and who it disadvantages.
The commercialism of technology in the modern age.
The truly essential technological advances of the last several centuries and the immense impact they have on the democratization of knowledge.
The difference between technology that we want to acquire but may negatively impact our lives, as opposed to the technology that we take for granted that actually empowers and enriches our lives.
Student Goals and Learning Objectives for This Unit
Students will be able to identify ten different forms of technology that directly impact their lives, analyze the intent behind their creation, and evaluate the pros and cons of their adoption.
Students will be able to read the novel Fahrenheit 451 and analyze the significance of the literary devices it deploys (symbolism, imagery, allegory) to make a statement about the impact of technology on modern life through assessments and written essays.
Students will be able to read articles about important advances in technology and synthesize perspectives through writing in order to come to a multifaceted understanding of the role of technology in daily life.
Students will be able to construct a topical essay on a selected technological advancement and deliver a speech to the class, using modern technology and media, in order to make the case for their perspective on the selected technology.
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