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 and video link) 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 lesson plan notes with online multimedia links (PDF)
Two-minute news clip on a related topic (link included)
2 pages of student handouts; lit. analysis sheet features depth-of-knowledge questions requiring students to analyze the text as well as make modern connections to Ray Bradbury’s story (PDF)
2 pages of detailed answer keys to help you easily grade students’ work and guide in-class discussion (PDF)
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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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