Thursday, March 5, 2015

All Boys, All Blogged: March 5, 2015

Focus: What is Bradbury's vision of the future?

1. Warming up with an overview of your PARCC schedule (click HERE for the tutorial):
  • Testing will take place the mornings of  Wednesday and Thursday next week.  ALL 9th, 10th and 11th graders will take Language Arts testing on Wednesday.  The Math test will be given on Thursday morning.
  • For the Math test:  Students will take either the Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II test depending on their current math course.  9th and 10th graders who have already completed Algebra II will take the Algebra II test.  Juniors who have already completed Algebra II will NOT take a math test.  Students in Pre-Algebra will take the Algebra I test.
  • Room assignments are posted on the wall in the Cafeteria outside the Security office.  Please check the list for your room assignment prior to Wednesday.
  • If you have checked out a C​hrome​b​ook from Arapahoe, you will use that for your testing.  Please bring that ​C​hrome​b​ook to school fully charged on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • You will need headphones on Wednesday for the Language Arts test.
  • Click HERE for more PARCC details and the specific schedule for next Wed and Th.

2. Celebrating the best of the blog

Fire in F451 symbolizes destruction of physical things and of knowledge, but also symbolizes a sense of security

Fire in F451 symbolizes the need to be destructive in order to rebuild.

Fire in F451 symbolizes a monster that also can't be contained

Could Montag walking out into the rain on pg. 21 symbolize anything in Montag's life?
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  1. Maybe how dark it has been
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  2. I think this shows how Montag is in a storm right now in his life and he isn't sure what to do next.
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  3. It could symbolize washing away his old and dark life, creating a new better one.
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3. Enjoying our second fishbowl discussion: F451, pages 28-40

4. Wrapping up

HW:
1. For next Tuesday, please read through page 63 and complete the backside of an observation chart.

2. Work on your banned book persuasive speech.

3. If you haven't finished entering words 1-15 of your F451 vocabulary into www.quizlet.com, please do so before Monday.

4. Make sure your parents know that I will be leaving conferences at 6:00 tonight (letter was sent home last week via hard copy and e-mail).

99 comments:

  1. what do you think happened to Clarisse?

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    1. I think that she was spying on other people, finding out more information about the world.

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    2. I agree with Cris, I think that she was spying on people.

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  2. How do you think Clarise will effect Montag's life?

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    1. I think she will change his mind and he will not like being a fireman anymore.

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    2. I think that she is opening up his mind to a world that he hasn't seen yet.

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    3. In the first fishbowl, I said Clarisse represented candlelight, a light cutting through the darkness. So I think Clarisse opened Montag's eyes to the true world around him, where life is suddenly ruled by outside forces and people are forced to conform. Then Montag finally realizes what he has to do.

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  3. what do you think happened to Clarisse?

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    1. I think Clarisse reads books or comes from a different country and has knowledge outside of what the government is doing.

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  4. I wonder what insane asylums in this world of f451 are like. compared to what they are like now.

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  5. why do the men not see what they are doing

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    1. Because to them it is just a job. It doesn't have any deeper meaning than a job.

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  6. What does martyrdom have to do with this story?

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    1. The woman, burns herself alive. This is alluding to Christian martyrs, who were known for killing themselves by fire, to represent their cause. I am going to guess that the book is going to have many Christian allusions.

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  7. What is the books significance that Montag found in the fire?

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    1. I think that it is going to inspire him to leave his ways, and find a new path making new changes in the world.

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    2. I think it will make him realize that his life is a lie.

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  8. Why does the mechanical hound growl at Montag? What is the hound's purpose?

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  9. I think kids are more violent because they don't that much else to do. They can't immerse them selves in education.

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  10. Why does Bradbury make this connection to kids getting killed at school and violence. Is his future thought of violence really coming true?

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    1. I don't think that it is coming true, I think that violent and terrible things will always happen. I don't think that it is that much different from back then to today.

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  11. Why does the "rulebook" lie to all the firemen? Is Clarisse the reason why Guy Montag is thinking about how he would feel if he had his books and house burned down?

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  12. Do you think that Clarisse has books in her house?

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    1. Yes, I think that she has a ton of books hidden somewhere. I think that is why she is different, because she has read them.

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  13. It was good to bring up the fact that teenagers are getting more violent these days.

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  15. "The people in those books never lived" Why did the captain say that nobody in books lived?

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  16. On page 31, Clarisse says, "My uncle said it was different back then." How do you think Clarisse's uncle knows so much? Also, what role does Clarisse and her uncle play in the novel?

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  17. I believe that he'll find some information about the past and as he does that he'll become more interested in books.

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  18. Do you think that Montag will like the book that he has?

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    1. Yeah I believe that he will like the book and that he will find it enjoyable. I'm also predicting that he will find someone to be his mentor kind of person to teach him more about whats going on.

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    2. Yes, I agree with Danny. Montag will definitely enjoy the book, because it is presumably, his first time reading it, so it's his first.

      (If the government banned books, do they still teach them how to read and write?)

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  19. What do you think that Guy will think when he reads the book he has? Do you think his character could go through a shift?

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    1. He will like it and also will reconsider what his job is all about.

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  20. Could the reason Clarisse knows all this stuff about life and the past be because she reads and owns illegal books?

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    1. I think it is because how else would she find all this information?

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  21. Do you think that he actually wants to know more about the world around him?

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  22. What are the possible effects the women's death is going to cause on the story?

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  23. On Page 34 Montag asks if firemen ever put out fires instead of creating them. In the history book, it says "Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin." What does this mean? Has all history been altered?

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    1. I'm not sue, but I think that that little bit of information is highly important. This shows that the government (or whoever) has not only gotten rid of books and a lot of history, but they are now lying about what it was.

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  24. What books do you think aren't banned. In the schools they could be using textbooks that the government could have written themselves.

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  25. Why are books banned in the first place? Is there a logical reason for why these would be banned, yet TV is still allowed?

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    1. I think it is because it is much easier to be censored, you can choose what you can watch and at what time.

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  26. How can the "Pursuit of Happiness" end up harming us?

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    1. If we don't get happiness a little piece of us dies inside and we get down on life.

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  27. Since Montag met Clarisse, how have we already seen the effect shes had on him and how will Montag begin to change?

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  28. Taking books away from people and burning them seems like a form of violating the right to freedom of speech, so what lead and eventually caused the country to have to destroy books.

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    1. I think it could be about how people can form their own opinions when they read books and maybe the government felt threatened by all the new ideas and the change.

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    2. Well first, we cannot assume this the USA. It could be, but Bradbury has not clarified where the setting is. But, I think the books are being destroyed because they contain knowledge and imagination. What happens if a government takes over, and do not want anyone to oppose them, so they destroy the knowledge, make it a public thing, and make other conform to this society?

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  29. On Page 34 when Beatty is asked if he has books, he has no response and changes the subject. Do you think Beatty also steals books like Montag?

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    1. I don't think so, because he is strict on the rule of burning the books. He goes back into history and recites the beginning of the firemen era with Benjamin Franklin. I think that he is strict on the no book rule.

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  30. "We never ask questions, they just run the answers at you" What does this show about how Bradbury thinks about how society and schools work? How kids really learn how to be social.

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    1. I think Bradbury believes that society is being conformed down to people who are just given the answers, not trying for them. He wants to change that.

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  31. How does this book relate to the Harrison Bergeron story?

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    1. The government doesn't allow something. In Harrison Bergeron it was they had to all be the same. In F451 they can't read books, it shows how the government controls people.

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  32. why is montag so affected by teh young girl

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    1. I think it is because he has wanted a kid for a while, but his wife doesn't want to have kids. After a while he forgets his desire to have kids. However, when he saw Clarisse he was reminded of having a kid, someone who he could look up to.

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    2. I think Montag is so affected by the girl because she is different. Montag has never met a girl like her.

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    1. It can create change and start a movement among the people wanting to oppose what they know to be wrong.

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    2. I believe that was creates fear. Then it leads to anger and suffering. People live in a constant state of ungraceful imagination that war puts upon them

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  34. How can this story relate to our world? In his novel Ray Bradbury decides to make the government destroy all books and knowledge from the people. Which indicates that people live in a world that is shown to them, they aren't allowed to explore or look for deeper meanings of life.

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    1. I think Ray Bradbury uses his novel as a warning. Sometimes people aren't independent and just follow the crowd. We should all make choices according to what we believe, not someone else.

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  35. IS there really a war? Or is this a government scam in order to influence the people that the government is really needed?

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    1. Because we don't know what time period this book takes place they could be in the cold war and about to launch nukes.

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    2. I think the story is in the future though. It goes back to when Clarisse said that firemen used to put out fires, not start them.

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  36. I think that when Clarisse was talking about her uncle and all of the things that he told her was the same man that Beatty was talking about on the end of their drive. "A man named Nicholas Ridley , as they were being burnt alive at Oxford."

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  37. The fireman wanting to leave the women really showed how people only care about their own objective.

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  38. Who is Clarissa's uncle and what meaning does he have in this story?

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  39. What type of book do you think started this huge censorship change in F451.

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    1. I think that it is likely that started with some book that retained to religion. I think this because, even in this day in age religion is hugely censored. I think that the Bible might have been it because it makes you think out of the box, and that would be a huge danger to the government.

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  40. On page 37 the line he read from the book said, "Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine" what does this quote symbolize?

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  41. I think we can learn present day lessons from this book. One of those is to never give the government the ability to rule and control the people.

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  42. The government has a large control over everyone and dosen't let people do there own things privately and just now people are starting to realize that the government is hiding something.

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  43. Ray Bradbury once said, "Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future." (Not from F451). What could this quote possibly have to do with F451's ideas? Could the book not only be about conforming, but also about what books represent?

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  44. We keep talking about the government but the book doesn't really talk about the government as much as we do

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    1. The reason that the government is not talked about is because the book is from the perspective of a regular person, and they are so brainwashed that they don't know how oppressed they are.

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    2. I also think the book does this on purpose, this puts us in the same shoes as the characters, who also have no idea

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  46. How does knowledge make us so powerful?

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    1. Because if you know something that someone doesn't, you are at a higher status than them and you can do more than they can.

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  47. How long do you think they have been enforcing the burning of books?

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  48. I wonder how many fire men there are in f451

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  49. "The first time we ever met, where was it, and when?" this quote reminds me of the Harrison Bergeron story because the couple doesn't even remember when or where they met and it is just like the old couple in the Harrison Bergeron story. Do you think that the government did this to all people on purpose in F451?

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    1. I think that the people along with the government chose to take independent growth and knowledge out because it takes away competition and makes life more simple. This may seem like an easier life for some, but they are starting to realize how unhappy they really are.

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  50. Do you think there are other governments in the world that suppress their people this much? Both in the novel and today.

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    1. The book doesn't mention much about outside of where they are but the government could be locking out everything from the outside world so it feels like they're the only ones.

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  51. what role does the government play in all this

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    1. They are the ones enforcing the burning of books.

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  52. When reading other Bradbury books I have noticed that he always seems to show loss of power at one point in time so my prediction is that later in the book there will be a huge fall out of the government and a change of life. This is just like when in the martian chronicles the earth finally goes corrupt and is destroyed and then there is a new sense of life and power on Mars its almost like a new start so after hearing the corruption in the book i can see a new start coming later in the story.

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  53. On page 29 when Montag ask Clarisse why she isn't in school she responds "Oh, they don't miss me" Did she do something to get kicked out of school? Why does she say this?

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  54. What makes people want to believe what they are told?

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  55. Rewriting history gives the people more assurance that the government isnt deleting history but rather that they are embracing it. Besides the people dont know any better anyways or most of them at least.

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  56. On page 25 Montag tries to pet a mechanical hound when it got aggressive towards him. What does this hound symbolize about the book so far?

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  57. Do you think Montag saves books as a personal collection?

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  58. What relationship do Clarisse and Montag share?

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  59. On page 30, Clarisse says, "Six of my friends have been shot." Do you thinnk the censorship is a direct result of the teen suicide rates, and the violence, or do you think its something more?

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  60. Is the reason that the fire starters have to report directly back to the station after burning the books because they dont want the firemen looking at or reading any of the books?

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