"The Pedestrian" is a very accessible and short dystopian story that students will find intriguing and worthy of discussion. Its brief length (around 500 words) provides the perfect opportunity to have students "dig deeply" into a complete text without feeling overwhelmed. If you are simply looking for an accessible story, a way to expose students to Bradbury's poetic and descriptive style, or to introduce them to the widely cherished dystopian genre, this week-long unit is the perfect fit for you.
- A Copy of the story
- Pre-writing Journal and Vocabulary Activities
- Close Reading for Mood, Theme, Purpose & Language Handout
- Analyzing Denotation and Connotation Worksheet
- “Save the Last Word for Me” Culminating Group Activity
- Multiple Choice quiz
- Answer Keys
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1Read 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.2Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4Interpret 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.W.2Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
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Keywords: Ray Bradbury, Dystopia, Dystopian, short story unit, The Pedestrian, mood, theme, denotation, connotation, author's purpose, figurative language, close reading, analysis, common core