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Nov. 7, 2014
Continue the novel study of
Fahrenheit 451--close
F451 Reading: p. 4-21
Why does the author choose to introduce
Millie through her attempted suicide?
Compare/Contrast Millie and Clarisse. (Use a
Venn Diagram)
How does the author create tone through his
use of syntax on pages 11 as he describes
“the jet bombers”?
 Tone
 Mood
 Connotation
vs Denotation
Close Reading
Teacher notes…
Instruct students to highlight words with a positive
connotation in the excerpt. Then instruct students to
highlight words with a negative connotation in a
different color. - STOP 11/4
Discuss difference between tone and mood
(the author’s attitude toward the subject vs. the
reader’s feeling when reading a text)
Ask students to define the tone of the passage.
What words/diction points to that assertion?
Ask students to define the mood of the passage.
What words/diction points to that assertion?
Discuss how the word choice dictates the tone
and mood.
Why does the author use the
analogy of the firefighter to a
The firefighter is enjoying burning
the books just as a conductor
enjoys conducting music. It is
almost an art to the firefighter.
Why does the author use visual
imagery in this line “gorging fire
that burned the evening sky red
and yellow and black?”
Red, yellow, and black are
colors symbolizing danger and
the word “gorging” gives the
picture of something greedy and
large. The visual imagery helps
support the mood.
What does the quotation “eyes
all orange flame” mean? How
does it connect with Unit 1’s “The
“Eyes all orange flame” shows
that Montag is consumed by his
job just like the sniper lost himself
in his job and his eyes had the
“cold gleam of the fanatic.”
In your comp books…
Create Fahrenheit 451 section: in the notes section
Label the following pages:
 Tone (based on diction and imagery from the
 Characterization of Montag
 Characterization of Clarisse
 Characterization of Millie
 Conflict
 Figurative language