50 minute lesson Plan for Ray Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day”
Bell ringer – 5 minutes
Materials: stop watch, rain drops, music
Students have two minutes while listening to sound of rain to write down on rain drop what comes to mind.
When time is up, students will tape their rain drops to the blackboard under the cloud
Pre-reading activity – 5 minutes
Students partner with their group and discuss the following; one student will act as recorder.
Explain how the weather can have an effect on people’s moods?
Discuss – is it normal to resent someone who is in a better situation than you?
Should people resist following others just to fit in and do you think it is wrong to hurt someone because they are different?
Reading – 30 minutes
Materials: copies of stories, Directed Reading Thinking Activity (DRTA), and theme worksheets
Students will answer section 1 on theme worksheet – What does the title of the story suggest?
Students will take turns reading aloud while completing DRTA worksheet
While story is being read, students in 2 groups will circle all the words and phrases that either refers to rain or rainy weather.
Students in 2 groups will underline all the words and phrases that describe the sun.
Students in the 5th group will choose which one they wish the record, the rain, or the sun.
Each group will count how many times they circled or underlined and report their findings to the class.
Students will complete theme worksheet – group project
Students will complete Simile or Metaphor worksheet – this is a practice worksheet to be completed with your group members.
Post reading activity – 8 minutes
Journal response – at least one paragraph 5-7 sentences
How do you think Margot will treat the children after she missed the sun?
Class cleanup – 2 minutes
Students return stories to front table
Turn in their raindrops and DRTA, Theme and Simile or Metaphor worksheets
If class finishes up lesson early:
Materials: journal, copy of story
Journal response: Based upon how many references were counted for rain versus sun, which weather is represented more in the story?
1) What were the children hoping would happen today?
2) What is the difference between Margot and the other children? How do the other children feel toward Margot?
3) How do the children react when the sun comes out?
4) How does the return of the rain affect the children’s mood?
5) What do you think the children are thinking once they realize that Margot missed the sun?
A theme is the central idea or the message found in a story. Themes are usually expressed as generalizations about life. Authors want readers to think about what they have read and personalize it to their own experiences. Universal themes are when these generalizations cover different cultures, places, or periods in time.
Directions: Use the diagram to determine the theme of the text.
|What does the title of the story suggest?|
|How does the protagonist change throughout the story?|
|How is the story’s main conflict resolved?|
Simile or Metaphor?
Read the following quotes from the short story, “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury. Based on the definitions learned in class, decide whether each quote is an example of a simile or a metaphor.
1. “The children pressed to each other like so many roses, so many weeds intermixed.”
2. “They were remembering gold or a yellow crayon or a coin large enough to build the world with.”
3. “They always awoke to the tatting drum, the endless snaking of clear bead necklaces upon the roof.”
4. “They turned on themselves, like a feverish wheel, all fumbling spokes.”
5. “She was an old photograph dusted from an album, whitened away and if she spoke at all her voice would be a ghost.”
6. “It’s like a penny.”
7. “The great jungle that covered Venus, that grew and never stopped growing, tumultuously, even as you watched it. It was a nest of octopi, clustering up great arms of fleshlike weed, wavering, flowering in this brief spring.”