Directions: Use main idea chunks (main idea, textual evidence, analysis) to answer the questions below in preparation for our Socratic seminar on Of Mice and Men. Make sure every response uses evidence: practice embedding textual evidence using the steps below!

  • Step 1: Introduce the source and the author. If you haven’t already done so earlier in your response, provide comments about the source or the author.
  • Step 2: Provide a paraphrase or direct quotation to support your claim. Make sure you begin with a verb and end with a parenthetical citation.
  • Step 3: Comment on why the evidence you used is important, relevant to the prompt, or somehow significant to your claim. This should be between one to three sentences.

Required Questions

  1. Google defines censorship as “the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts.” Fahrenheit 451 depicts a dystopian society with mass censorship of books and knowledge. In an interview with Dana Gioia, Bradbury explained that his inspiration for the novel stemmed from Hitler burning books in the streets of Berlin when Bradbury was fifteen, and from the burning of the libraries in Alexandria over five thousand years ago. How might world leaders benefit from mass censorship? What is Bradbury’s message to his readers?
  1. Your semester final exam will require you to develop a campaign about a human rights violation currently impacting people who live in New Mexico or somewhere else in the United States. Please select two of the following options:
  • Right to a Healthy Environment
  • Women’s Rights
  • Native American Rights
  • Immigrant’s Rights

Conduct research on your selected topics and write one well-developed paragraph for each topic explaining how that topic is a social justice issue. Be prepared to take notes on this topic during the discussion to help you deepen your understanding about social justice.

  1. Why does Montag memorize the Old Testament’s Ecclesiastes and the New Testament’s Revelation? How do the final two paragraphs of the novel allude to both biblical books?
  1. Clarisse describes a past that Montag has never known: one with front porches, gardens, and rocking chairs. What do these items have in common, and how might their removal have encouraged Montag’s repressive society?
  1. Write one level three question about the text to ask during the Socratic Seminar. Use the four-step process to writing strong level three questions:
  • Identify an abstract concept or subject addressed in the text.
  • Analyze how that abstract concept is presented in the text.
  • Consider how that abstract concept is prevalent in society today.
  • Put it together!

Your Choice: Pick One

  1. Consider the human rights violations you researched for question 2. Why do people disagree about these issues? Provide two main claims from both sides of the argument (four claims total).
  1. Consider the human rights violations you researched for question 2. Find evidence of each topic in current events. How has this issue affected members of our society in the past two years?