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Summer Reading Information


Your child should read the book for the English course that he or she will be taking in the fall. Pre-AP is an honors course, and English 9 is a standard course. There are specific summer reading assignments for each individual course.  There will also be a comprehension test administered during the first full week of school, and it will based on the novel that he or she read. Let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

SHS Pre-AP English 9 Summer Reading Assignment

(Mrs. Wesley)

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Assignment 1: You must complete 1 dialectical journal entry for each chapter of the novel, and each entry must be a minimum of 1 page in length-not a single paragraph.

  • Remember that dialectical journal entries are considered conversations with the text, which include imagery, diction, inferences, characterization, metaphors, symbolism, etc.

  • Divide each entry into two columns with summaries on the left and literary elements, questions, and characterization on the right.

  • Please following instructions as listed on the Dialectical Journal Student Resource.


Assignment 2: You must answer each of the following questions using complete sentences within a short answer response of at least 8-10 sentences.

Post -reading Discussion Questions

  1. What technology in the novel could be compared to technology today? What message do you think Bradbury was trying to send about technology?

  2. How does the education system in the novel support the status quo of Montag’s society?

  3. What three things does Faber say are missing from his society? Discuss whether you think these same three things are missing in today’s society?

  4. Compare and contrast what you think Mildred’s, Clarisse’s, and Faber’s definitions of happiness would be.

  5. How does Montag reach his own definition of happiness?

  6. Faber describes quality literature as something with texture. He thinks that “the more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more ‘literary’ you are…The good writers touch life often” (pg.79). Cite at least three examples of literary texture in Fahrenheit 451, and tell why you think they qualify as writing that “has pores” or “touches life.”

  7. Many of Bradbury’s descriptive passages rely heavily on metaphors. Assuming that these metaphors convey Montag’s point of view, what is Bradbury trying to demonstrate about Montag?

  8. What is the underlying symbolism of nature in the novel?

  9. Do you think Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about censorship? Why or why not?

  10. Is it possible that Clarisse is still alive? Explain your opinion.

  11. How is conformity an integral part of Montag’s society at the beginning of the novel? Why do you think the government views those who refuse to conform as dangerous?

  12. Discuss the novel’s ending, and explain why you think the author chose to end the novel this way.

Note: Assignments 1 and 2 should both be placed in a composition notebook and submitted on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. You will also be administered a comprehension test on the Friday of the first full week (5 days) of school. If you have any questions or concerns,  you may contact me at