"Censorship in Three Metaphors"

[ Overview ]

To supplement our reading of Fahrenheit 451 and examine the topic of censorship in more depth, we will read and discuss the article "Censorship in Three Metaphors" by Fenice B. Boyd and Nancy M. Bailey.

[ Directions ]

  1. Before starting to read, assign literacy circle roles within your groups. (Note: for groups of four, everyone is a Vocab Detective in addition to his/her other role.)
    • Facilitator -- Develops questions for the group to discuss and keeps group discussion focused.
    • Vocab Detective -- Identifies difficult or unfamiliar words and locates valid definitions.
    • Connector -- Brainstorms connections to other texts, self, and the world at large.
    • Summarizer -- Creates a brief summary of the reading.
    • Investigator -- Conducts background research on unfamiliar concepts mentioned in the reading.
  2. Read the article, taking notes as you go. Remember to use section headings and topic sentences to help guide your reading and organize your notes.
  3. Using the facilitator's questions, discuss the article and your reactions to it.
  4. After finishing the article, create a T-chart in your interactive notebook. Label one side "Censorship in Three Metaphors" and the other "Fahrenheit 451 pg. 53-63."
  5. Consider the following questions for each reading on your own and write your answers on the corresponding sides of the T-chart.
    • What reasons does each reading give for and against censorship?
    • What effects of censorship does each reading describe?
  6. Discuss the responses on your T-chart with your group members; add to your T-chart any points made by your group members you find interesting or important.

[ Requirements ]

  • You must read "Censorship in Three Metaphors."
  • You must have written notes on the content of the article and your group duties.
  • You must have a completed, detailed T-chart.

[ Due Date and Grading ]

Your responses will be checked at the end of the period. They will be graded for completion, level of detail, and careful thought. This assignment will count toward the Participation and Classwork portion of your grade.