Fahrenheit 451

Persuasive Writing

Fahrenheit 451: The Dangers of Technology

Though 'Censorship' is a key topic within Fahrenheit 451, some literary critics suggest the author's (Ray Bradbury) main concern lie with the increase of technology.


As we complete this novel, we will discuss how Bradbury's fears were realized and how they were not realized. In addition, each of you will choose a modern technology to condemn or defend. Your ending argument will be presented as a persuasive essay.

Persuasive Essay -- CDW


    In this worksheet, we will work on creating CDWs (Claim, Data, Warrant) within your persuasive essay.
  • Claim: a claim states your position on the issue you have chosen to write about.
  • Data: data is the evidence which you cite to support your claim.
  • Warrant: the warrant interprets the data and explains how it supports your claim.


Below, complete the three steps.


  1. Choose a topic (or create your own).
  2. Begin your research (with our help).
  3. Practice making CDWs (use the form provided).



    1. Choose a Topic

3. Practice Writing CDWs