The Veldt Ray Bradbury Short Story Lesson Plan

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9th - 12th
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31 (3 introduction, 14 student handouts, 11 page answer key)
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If your students are obsessed with their technology, then they need to read Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt". This dystopian short story addresses what happens when people get too attached to their devices. Included in this resource are:

↝ Anticipation Guide: Students respond to 8 questions and explain their answers for three of them. After reading, students revisit the anticipation guide and analyze one statement in light of the text.

↝ Plot Diagram

↝ Literary Devices focus: allusions, figurative language, and imagery

↝ Conflict: Review the four types of conflict and analyze four excerpts

↝ Characterization: Review the two types of characterization and analyze four excerpts

↝ Quote Analysis: Analyze four quotes and their significance to the text

↝ Diction: Analyze five excerpts for powerful diction and its impact on the text

↝ Topics and Themes: Analyze how six topics are addressed in the text. Then, choose one to write a theme development analysis paragraph. Includes scaffolded outline with sentence starters for struggling students

↝ Argue Your Point: Students chose one of two prompts and write an argumentative paragraph

↝ Suggested Answer Key

Copyright prohibits including a copy of the text, but a link is provided in the Teacher Notes.

Use this resource as alone or as part of a larger short story unit. This resource has been optimized for use with Google Classroom™ using the TpT Digital Tool. Note: You will access and grade the assignment here on TpT, not Classroom. Learn more about this tool here.

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31 (3 introduction, 14 student handouts, 11 page answer key)
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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