Fahrenheit 451 - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 10-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: Futuristic United States

Genre: American Literature, Sci Fi

Page Count: 74 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9 weeks

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Guy Montag, a fireman of the future, is responsible for starting fires, not stopping them. In his society, books have been banned - all books, save the firemen's own rule books, which contain the ominous order: "Burn everything." Books are only filled with confusing and contradictory ideas, and it is more important to have fun and to be entertained.
He finds pleasure in his job until one autumn evening when a teenage neighbor, Clarisse McClellan, asks him a simple, haunting question: "Are you happy?" When an old woman refuses to leave her books and dies in the flames, he wonders, what in her books inspires such passion? He determines to discover it for himself, though his rebellion, and his confusion, may cost him his life.
A good examination of censorship and our responsibility to understand.

Content Warning: Mild language 

Progeny Press Fahrenheit 451 English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts credit: This is a one-quarter credit high school level Literature curriculum.
Author Biography: Learn about Ray Bradbury.
Vocabulary: Understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: In context, dictionary, simile, metaphor, setting, characterization, foil, allusion, intertextuality, paraphrase, symbolism, tone, dramatic structure, motif, tripartite structure, dynamic vs. static.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Happiness, isolation, martyrs, dehumanization, swearing, mentors, Holy Spirit, the Bible, helping the disenfranchised, foolishness, death, legacy, war, memory.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Banned books, field trip, research papers, current issues, technological change, class discussions, art project, drama. 
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books and movies that tie in with, or are similar to, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide 

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on tired teenage high school student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for high school level student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
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  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

CD Format

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  • Our PDF Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Reader program. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
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  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA PDF guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
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  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher!

Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refines their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
Prometheus Award • Hugo Award • One of the New York Public Library's Books of the Century

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Futuristic United States
American Literature, Science Fiction
Study Guide Page Count:
93 pages
Study Guide Author:
Michael Poteet
For the Book By:
Ray Bradbury
Workbook ISBN:

    1 Reviews

  • Posted by Patricia M. on 31st May 2016


    I LOVE the Fahrenheit 451

    I LOVE the Fahrenheit 451 study guide that I just bought. I particularly like that the questions are more than just text questions and include literature analysis questions too, all from a Christian worldview. What I like the most, though, & what sold me on the Progeny Press guides is the copying policy. I will happily pay (only) a few more dollars per guide when I can make copies for all my kids - or the kids in a class I'm teaching - instead of having to shell out $15 per student for a guide. Well done Progeny Press! I can't wait to buy more & start using them next school year. I will be telling everyone (that I haven't already told) about your product.