“A Sound of Thunder” is a great story with all the beautiful figurative language that Bradbury is so well known and loved for. The story is particularly useful to teach irony and indirect character development through dialogue. In this lesson you will find a pre-reading prompt, vocabulary, active, during, reading questions and a post-reading writing activity.
There is also a quiz that combines the vocab and the story.
Answer keys are included for everything and a rubric is included for the post-reading assignment to make grading, and your life, simple!
This lesson aligns with the following Common Core State Standards:
Knowledge of Language:
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use:
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, or its etymology.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Key Ideas and Details:
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Craft and Structure:
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).
Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Keywords: A Sound of Thunder, Ray Bradbury, literature analysis, close reading, short story, guided reading.