7th grade Lesson Plan: “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury

50 minute lesson Plan for Ray Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day”

Attention Getter

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.

Group Discussion

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

            Materials:  Journals   

            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?

DRTA Worksheet

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?


Theme Diagram:

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.”




25 thoughts on “7th grade Lesson Plan: “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury

  1. This is a great lesson plan. I read this short story every year with my 7th graders. Do you mind if I use some of it? We are going to read it this week. I found it when I searched for Theme ideas for middle school. A few of my students are struggling with theme and I was looking for more ideas.

    • Thank you. I hope your students enjoyed it as well.
      What do you teach and where? I ended up teaching history, government, social studies, and science for grades 10-12 resource room. I hope to utilize this lesson with my science kiddos as a way to introduce the weather unit (I love being able to cross the curriculum boundaries.) My language arts training in good use 🙂

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  3. This is one of my favorite Ray Bradbury stories. I teach elementary gifted students and have used it with my 5th grade students. Although there are several themes in the story I use it as an example of the bullyong and intolerance that have become so pervasive in schools today. I especially like your bell ringer. May I use it in the future when teaching this story? Thank you for a great lesson plan.

  4. I just taught this lesson today. I really needed something last-minute and I just quickly printed off the story, printed off the worksheet, and found a YouTube video of some rain in like 10 minutes. Very easy to teach, and it’s so powerful.

    What I did differently was that I turned off most of the lights and just had a window and the projector light on while I played the rain sounds and read the story to them. I let it play the whole time until the part of the story when the rain stops and the sun comes out. Then I turned on the lights and turned down the sound. It was a very powerful experience for the kids to really feel like they were in the dark, rainy jungle on Venus. Thank you!!!!

    • Thank you for your comment! Also – thank you very much for sharing your adaptation. Sounds like a great idea to fully engage students in the experience. It is funny you mentioned the dark. I am about to introduce my students to the period before WWII when radio was the only form of entertainment. My lesson plan is made and the students will be sitting on the rugs with the lights dimmed and listen to the original broadcast of War of the Worlds just like people did in that time period.

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  6. I wanted to praise you and how well this lesson plan was thought out. I am a Senior in college and have a major in English-Language Arts Secondary Education. I am having to source out to lesson plans to make my own. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. I will recommend my classmates to visit your site.

  7. Yestersay, I used your bell ringer in an important lesson of my teacher training program and it was beyond awesome! Thank you so much for that idea! At the end of my lesson, I showed the students a picture of a beautiful sunrise (which was taped to the board but hidden from my students’ view) and they had two minutes to imagine they were Margot and to write their feelings on the board. This was a very nice contrast to the cloud and the rain drops from the beginning.

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