You should feel comfortable, however, to also ask questions about previous sections. I especially encourage you to do so if you have comprehension questions; use this discussion as an opportunity to understand the reading.
Be sure you...
- Are an active participant throughout our discussion time. Students who continue to misuse class time will begin writing essays as outer circle members next class.
- Provide a quote to contextualize each question and response. Be sure to cite these quotes with author & page number. For example, (Bradbury 46).
Jessica W. commented, "Clarisse shows Montag that things don't have to be the way it is now, she shows him that it's ok to have some fun and change routine. 'What does the Hound think about down there nights? Is it coming alive on us, really?...' P.25 This is showing how he is questioning the way of things."
and Gannon remarked, "Clarisse changes the way Montag thinks because she makes him question everything he knows; 'I didn't know that! Montag laughed abruptly' (Bradbury 7). Clarisse makes Montag question things he would never even think about."
Here is another great comment from Lorelei: "I think that the media today is corrupting young minds in a negative way because it is so different from what real life truly is. Sometimes its not even affecting the young people it can affect adults too. Montag showed this when the firemen believed what was in their rule books. They did not question it at all and Bradbury said 'Stoneman and Black drew forth their rule books, which also contained brief histories of the Firemen of America, and laid them out where Montag, though long familiar with them, might read' This shows that not only the youth can be affected by media, but also adults and anyone can be gullible. A government like this would hurt even when handled correctly because I think that there is no way for the government to completely change people's daily lives. It doesn't matter how many books you burn the truth always shows through some time or another."
and from Taylor: "Clarisse opens up Montag's mind about the world and makes him think differently every time they talk to each others. 'He felt his body divide itself into a hotness and a coldness, a softness and a hardness...' Is the way Montag felt after he had talked to Clarisse; making him feel different and weird."
and Grace, "It seems as if this little community is run by the thought of fear 'I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always used to be like that?...' so is the thought of fear what makes the government take such big actions like burning books and censoring?"
and Bergen: "I like your question Sarah. Everyone seems to be really unhappy with this society:'I mean, to have firemen burn OUR houses and OUR books.' (pg. 31) These people are obviously unhappy and feel that this is unfair." I love that you complimented Sarah's good question too, Bergen. Awesome.
and Lexi: "On page 14 Montag thinks, 'Someone else's blood there. If only someone else's flesh and brain and memory. If only they could have taken her mind along to the dry cleaner's and emptied the pockets...' From this, it is obvious that Montag is not happy with the wife he has. Do you think he will leave her to find happiness? Does he regret marrying Mildred?
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