The Veldt, Ray Bradbury Short Story Worksheets + Multimedia, PDF & Google Drive

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Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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5-page PDF + Google Drive version of student handouts (uneditable)
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Laura Randazzo
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If your students can’t go an hour without looking at their phones, they need to read “The Veldt.”

Ray Bradbury’s chilling futuristic short story, “The Veldt,” gives us a glimpse of a world where children love their devices more than their families. Sound familiar? This compelling 90-minute lesson will get your students reading, thinking, and discussing the consequences of our tech-dependent culture. The materials (5-page PDF with links to online media and Google Drive versions of all student handouts) were designed to help middle and high school students sharpen their literary analysis skills while also making personal connections to Bradbury’s eerily prophetic tale.

This lesson for "The Veldt" includes:

1 page detailed suggested lesson plan notes with online multimedia links

One-minute news clip on a related topic (link included)

2 pages of student handouts – one is set of literary analysis questions requiring students to analyze the text as well as make modern connections to Ray Bradbury’s story and the other is a brief "into" activity where they help design a home of the future

2 pages of detailed answer keys to help you easily grade students’ work and guide in-class discussion

All student handouts are included in both PDF and Google Drive format.

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These materials for "The Veldt" also make a terrific lead-in lesson for a larger study of Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Click here to find an interactive introductory lesson for F451 and click here for a helpful pack of study question worksheets to guide students through the novel.

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Total Pages
5-page PDF + Google Drive version of student handouts (uneditable)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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