A Sound of Thunder Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical.

With this lesson plan, your students will be forced to ask tough questions about the impact of the past on the future, looking at Ray Bradbury's short story, 'A Sound of Thunder.' After students have read the story, use this plan's video lesson and activity to evaluate and deepen their understanding of the text.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to complete the following after this lesson:

  • discuss Ray Bradbury's short story, A Sound of Thunder
  • analyze the themes, such as consequences, found in A Sound of Thunder


  • 35 minutes plus for instruction
  • 45 minutes for the activity.


  • Index cards with examples from the following categories:
    • Time periods (Medieval, Enlightenment, Industrial, Victorian, etc.)
    • Actions (Killed a King, Married a Merchant's Daughter, Conquered a country, etc.)
    • People (present or past, alive or dead)
  • Three cloth or paper bags (one for each card category)

Curriculum Standards


Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


This lesson plan is designed for classes that have read A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury. For those classes that have not, a brief online search can produce the text in its entirety.

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