A blog following teacher Aaron Jura as he plans engaging, yet relevant English Language Arts content for High School students in New Orleans, LA.
It has been a great start to the school year studying the literary genre of the dystopian novel. Personally, Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorites -- so I was excited to teach it and focus on its implications considering our society is technologically addicted.
Characterization and conflict are two main ideas present throughout Bradbury's work -- and Fahrenheit 451 is a great way to study the character interactions and respective conflicts that work to define and drive the plot and narrative of the story.
Students have enjoyed creating blackout poetry -- reclaiming the concepts of redaction and censorship to create art while exploring the work itself and its many facets and applications to our modern world. I am excited to get started next week into our content on Greek Mythology and Homer's The Odyssey -- we will further our knowledge of characterization using Jungian archetypes. We will also focus on the universal themes present in Greek myths that tie them to our current world view. STAY TUNED for more on that.
Happy Monday -- may your week be as blessed as mine continues to be!
Mr. J is a high school teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. J believes in the power of educators to help children and families achieve. Follow his blog for tips and techniques to keep engagement high and student achievement at the forefront.