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February 23, 2021

Fahrenheit 451 and Censorship

Grade Level:



Students will examine their ideas about censorship by looking at its practice in the dystopian society depicted in Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953), make connections and distinctions between the novel’s society and their own, and apply newly acquired knowledge of First Amendment law to public concerns about suitability of particular books for young people and public policies designed to address those concerns. 

Time needed:

One class period


Materials required:

Fahrenheit 451 Lesson Plan


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices