This awesome science fiction short story is great for exploring beautifully executed figurative language, the theme of bullying, and a fascinating setting. Students read a very short, very well-written short story "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury that is available free online. They analyze the text, make inferences, cite textual evidence, and find similes and metaphors. They even consider what motivates students to bully others. Your students will really enjoy this story!
Great for middle school.
There is even a free 30-minute television adaptation of the story on YouTube that you can have students compare to the written version (CCRA.R.7)
Includes an answer key.
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Aligns to these Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
And if you decide to have students compare media adaptation and original written:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in
diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.