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SUBJECTS — Science Fiction;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Rebellion;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect.
Age: 12+; Not Rated; Drama; 1966, 112 minutes; Color.
451 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature at which paper bursts into flame. This adaptation of the classic novel by Ray Bradbury describes a future in which independent thought is discouraged and "firemen" burn books. The population is distracted and sedated by a combination of wall to wall interactive television and mind altering drugs. But one fireman begins to read the books he is supposed to burn....
This movie gets children to think about society from a different vantage point. By showing a sterile civilization in which freedom of thought is taboo and reading books a crime, the film helps children understand the value of books and the benefits of liberty. The role of television and drugs as a means of keeping people focused on thoughtless entertainment is also explored by this movie. (Good readers ages 12 and up should be encouraged to read the book before or after they see the film. This story merits both reading the book and seeing the movie.)
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Fahrenheit 451 provides background and discussion questions to help teachers reinforce and stress the themes of this book.
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Fahrenheit 451 is a classic of science fiction literature. It helps children explore what a world without books would be like.
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Do books play any role in your life? What would your reaction be if all books were destroyed?
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