In this unit for Bradbury's "The Pedestrian," you will find classroom-tested strategies, activities, and high-order thinking questions. The easy-prep structure of this unit is designed to guide students through the texts, and as they go, the questions and thinking build. The overarching questions are present and addressed in every segment, and the work prepares students for the culminating task. A unit plan such as this one gives the teacher ultimate flexibility in instruction, assessment, and classroom procedure. Even though every idea and concept is tied together so that students can write an essay for the culminating assignment, you could pick up this unit and just do the pieces that you have time for.
Student Experience: Is it possible that walking is a bad idea - especially when you have a perfectly good TV at home to watch? Maybe in the "progressive" dystopian world in which the protagonist of Bradbury's "The Pedestrian" lives. Could it be that the world today is shaping up to be more and more like what Bradbury predicted in his short story "The Pedestrian"? Students will explore answers to that exact question as they "walk" through the stages of this modern, intriguing, and thought-provoking unit. In this unit plan students will close read the main text and then analyze it for Bradbury's beautiful writing style and science fiction expertise. The creative project will allow them to make connections to the world around them, while thinking critically and digging deeply into their own ideas about what they want for the future. Last, you can close the unit with a full-length, text-based argumentative writing task.
Considering teaching Fahrenheit 451 or any other of Bradbury's texts? This is an excellent pairing or gateway for that approach as well. Plus, if you are looking for a lesson for Banned Books weeks, this would be perfect!
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