In the classroom I have had the “Apocalypse Soon” sign for quite a few years. I rescued it after a middle school play when the students were striking the set. It has hung in a variety of places in my classroom. Of course, when we read Fahrenheit 451, the word “apocalypse” takes on greater significance for the students as the book ends with a conflagration which levels the city (and many others). And just to make the point even more clear, Bradbury ends the book with a quote from the Book of Revelations.
Today I moved the sign from its space at the front of the room, because I needed more wall space to hang all the words my students have invented and decided to hang this sign from the fire alarm light and in front of the emergency speaker. Though I am sure it will not last long in this location, there was something a bit provocative and rebellious about this placement.
At least my students thought so. “Let’s see how long that sign can live there before you are asked to move it.”
“Or someone comes in and takes it down.”
“Hey, Ms. Y. If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.”