2/22 – Celebrating Your Work

Dear Scholars,

The visual essays you made this year were lovely–and even when they weren’t, your presentations were thoughtful and rich. Each group worked so hard to develop a specific claim about one of Bradbury’s concepts and then to support that claim with images, motifs, symbols, characters and passages from the text.

Thank you for your work. I am so proud to hang it on my walls. It was hard to choose, but here are my “top ten.”

Mrs. B.

“Education should be prioritized so people are able to think for themselves.” Among other things, I love that even though this map is about thinking outside the box, the ideas are all contained inside boxes.
The peek-a-boo quotes here were a fun touch, as was the notion of putting Montag’s escape as news ticker. I’m also glad to see the BookBoyz (TM) made an appearance in the final map.
“Dependence on technology prevents society from being humane.” The pure, visual, textured glory of this map had me at hello, and the paint–especially the vine–gives otherwise ominous images a touch of whimsy that ups the creep factor.
Speaking of society, I asked Mr. Sloat to hang this map upside down because the idea of violence shooting out of the gun of society is so true to Bradbury’s vision, and turning that violence into colorful little squares is kind of what Montag’s society has done!
“Happiness depends on being able to choose what you believe, want, or think, and the ability to act on those things.” I love that this claim is a variation of Faber’s three elements for being fully alive. But also, I’m a sucker for all the silhouettes this year. Maybe they resonate because the people In F451 are shadows of themselves. The shape of people, but not the form.
“Ignorance makes us less human,” and more like MIL-DROID. This presentation was a slam dunk by some folks with practice in extemporaneous speaking. But also, MIL-DROID is just as memorable as The BookBoyz(TM)–if not more so.
This map is all about the brain! I just love having it at the center. Also, I noticed the flames are inverted, with the yellow at the center and the red at the tips, which is a great metaphor for Montag’s society.
“Knowledge is freedom” seems like the kind of thing that should be on the wall in a school–especially given how it’s illuminated with a brain in the “O” and the cover of the book in the “L.” Also, I notice this group framed their map as thought bubbles, which ties in with their claim in a subtle way. Clever!
“A controlling government dehumanizes its citizens by not allowing privacy and free speech.” The ladies who built this visual essay have a really well-developed claim, and I love the way Beatty’s very name is on fire while Clarisse’s name is growing and blossoming.
Each of the images here is evocative and strange, but the one that really got me thinking was the televisor walls under “light.” It’s a quality of light so different from the candle Montag used with his mother or the bonfire he has with the BookBoyz(TM). The artist evoked a sterile, florescent quality of light in this drawing. I also admire that the artist chose “modern,” Eames-style furniture to accompany it, which is time-period appropriate.



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