Ray Bradbury
Lesson plans and teaching resources

|Biography| |"All Summer in a Day"| |Dandelion Wine| |"The Drummer Boy of Shiloh"| |Fahrenheit 451| |The Martian Chronicles| |Other Short Stories|

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Fahrenheit 451 E-Notes Lesson Plan
Response journal, vocabulary, teaching unit, activity pack, puzzle pack, and lesson plan.

Biography and Background

Ray Bradbury
Biography, interview, criticism from the Internet Public Library.

Ray Bradbury
The author's official site. Click on "At Home with Ray" and follow the links to a series of video clip interviews with the author.

"All Summer in a Day"

"All Summer in a Day"
Follow-up questions and practice with similes and metaphors. This document requires Adobe Reader or compatible software for access.

Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine
A variety of reading strategies, including an anticipation guide, handouts for a Socratic Seminar, and vocabulary support. Adobe Reader required for access.

Dandelion Wine
Discussion questions for the novel and its sequel, Farewell Summer.

Dandelion Wine Quiz Questions
15 multiple choice questions over the whole book. Click on "Next Page" at the bottom for the answers.

Dandelion Wine
Scroll down on the page for 11 essay topics.

"The Drummer Boy of Shiloh"

"The Drummer Boy of Shiloh"
Click on "The Drummer Boy of Shiloh" to the left to find 6 printable pages of activities for this story. This extensive document contains materials for several other stories, as well. Be careful not to print the entire document unless you want all 116 pages. Requires Adobe Reader for access.

Fahrenheit 451

Click here for these lesson plans.

The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles Digital Booktalk
This short video (2:20) could serve as a prereading activity.

Study Guide for The Martian Chronicles
The site includes chapter questions and other resources.

Other Short Stories

"The Pedestrian"
Vocabulary, literary terms, and comprehension questions. This 2-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

"The Pedestrian"
In this activity students are asked to read several definitions of "science fiction" and choose the one that best relates to this story. They write to defend their choice.

Travel to Venus!
Students will identify the important people, places, and things in their lives. Then, students will have the opportunity to determine and explain why these “nouns” are an important part of their lives as they compose an original poem. This lesson is designed to support reading of "The Long Rain."

"A Sound of Thunder"
Printable worksheet includes vocabulary and comprehension questions.

"A Sound of Thunder"
This handout includes a graphic organizer for plot analysis; practice with Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes; and editing practice. Access requires Adobe Reader or compatible application.

"A Sound of Thunder" vocabulary
A list of 25 words presented in context and with definitions. Click on each word for more information, including pronunciation.

"There Will Come Soft Rains"
Worksheet, vocabulary, and related links.

"There Will Come Soft Rains"
Follow the link marked "There Will Come Soft Rains Notes" for commentary and analysis in a teacher's handout for his students.

"There Will Come Soft Rain"
Text of the poem by Sara Teasdale that inspired the title of Bradbury's story.