"The Rocket" by Ray Bradbury is a wonderful story about a determined, poverty-stricken protagonist named Fiorello who dreams about going to space with his family. While not as well known as some of Bradbury's other dystopian short stories, it includes the same masterful language, unforgettable characters, and an imaginative setting. Therefore, it serves as a fantastic teaching tools for students. This reading, analysis, and fiction writing unit is a comprehensive package that allows students to fully explore the content and effectiveness of "The Rocket," as well as their own imaginations as dystopian writers.
- Detailed Lesson Plans (CCSS Aligned)
- A Copy of the Story
- Pre-reading Anticipation Guide
- Informational Text Pairing Activity
- Guided Reading Activity
- “Think Like A Writer” 2-Day Jigsaw Activity
- Multiple Choice and Matching Quiz
- Dystopian Short Story Planning Guide
- Dystopian Short Story Rubric
- Detailed Answer Keys
Together, these materials allow students to closely read and analyze "The Rocket," use evidence from the text to support their answers, connect the contents of the story to a modern, informational text on commercial spaceflight, discover what it takes to be an effective fiction writer, and finally, test their own fiction writing abilities. There are also plenty of opportunities for students to engage in small and whole group collaborations, as well as teach material to their peers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 (read explicitly and implicitly)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 (determine central ideas and themes)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 (analyze the structure of a text)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 (write narratives)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 (produce clear/coherent writing in which style and organization are relevant to purpose, task, and audience)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 (participation in wide range of collaborations)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 (present information in organized/reason fashion)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.3 (apply knowledge of language to make effective choices for meaning and style)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5 (demonstrate understanding of figurative language)
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