Writing Project

Estimated Time: 1 -1.5 hours

One way to become a better writer is to read good writing. In this Online Book club you will be reading essays by young authors about things that inspired them.

This week read "A Matter of Infinite Hope" by Jimmy Kollar of Bookmarked: Teen Essays on Life and Literature from Tolkien to Twilight.

Questions to Ponder

  1. The book opens with the sentence, "It was a pleasure to burn." What does this mean? By the end of this week's reading, do you think Guy Montag would still say this?
  2. Describe the scene of Guy meeting Clarisse for the first time, including right before he met her and the actual meeting. This meeting helps him realize what about his current life?
  3. What examples from the text help you to know the setting is a futuristic time?
  4. Montag's wife, Mildred, overdoses and two guys show up with some machines to clean her out. What is the author trying to say about the world Montag lives in?
  5. After Mildred is revived we read, "Only an hour, but the word had melted down and sprung up in a new and colorless form." What does the author mean?
  6. Describe the conversations between Guy and Mildred? What do you know about their relationship based on their conversations? How is this reflecting the world they live in?
  7. Clarisse gives Montag a test of love. What is it? Why is this significant?
  8. Clarisse is a catalyst for change in Montag. Choose 2 or 3 examples of this and discuss.
  9. Based on your reading, describe and/or draw The Hound.
  10. Clarisse is gone - how does Montag feel?
  11. The author finally takes us on a fire run. Discuss Guy's experience with burning books. For example, the idea that books are just things with no feelings versus the idea that, "A book lit,... like a white pigeon, in his hands, wings fluttering." Reread to ponder what Bradbury is trying to say.

After you have pondered and discussed these questions with your teacher, choose one to complete a freewrite. If you are unfamiliar with freewriting, read the article below.

Share your freewrite in the comments below.

The writing project for this month is to write an essay on conflict from Fahrenheit 451. For this essay, you will choose a type of conflict from the book and using examples from the text show how Bradbury used that conflict to teach a lesson to the reader, which is also known as theme.

This week begin by making a list of examples that match the conflict types you found.

Read the following article for additional information.

How to Write an Essay on Conflict

In both real life and in fiction, conflict describes an enduring struggle between two opposing forces. Whether you're watching a cartoon or reading a serious literary tome, conflict is a key component of plot. Writing an essay on conflict requires a focus, clarity, and an understanding of the different types of ...