An engaging and ponderous short story, Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" can be used as a springboard for a fun, interesting, and possibly frightening creative writing activity.
This document is three pages in length. The first page is a journal prompt that can be used as an anticipation guide. It asks students to hypothesize about time travel. Students are asked to respond using Bloom's higher level thinking skills of synthesis and evaluation.
The second page is intended for use after students have read the story. The worksheet briefly explains the idea of the "butterfly effect." Then students are shown an example of this slippery slope type of rational. They are then asked to choose a situation and step it out using the "butterfly effect" method of thinking. It is very interesting, and somewhat frightening, to see where these issues in today's world can lead! These questions and prompts can also be found on the Scholastic website.
The third page introduces a creative writing assignment where students write a story that illustrates the "butterfly effect." A graphic organizer is included on the page to help students brainstorm and two possible approaches to the writing of the story are presented.
The hint of science fiction and possibility of realistic horror this assignment presents to students is a refreshing and intriguing change for those weary of the normal narrative genre assignment. Great for getting boys interested in writing!
The Butterfly Effect & Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder by Alison Nero is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License