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All Summer in a Day Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

In Ray Bradbury's short story, ''All Summer in a Day'', the colonists of the planet Venus are looking forward to their short period of sunshine, and none more so than a small girl who moved from Earth. Your class will see the cruel trick that is played on the girl, Margot, and how her classmates' opinion evolves.

Lesson Objectives

With this lesson, your students will learn to:

  • discuss the plot of All Summer in a Day
  • analyze the mind set of Margot, and how the minds of her classmates' change

Length

  • 35 minutes plus 35 minutes for the activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Key Terms

  • Venus
  • Margot
  • Sun
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Colored Pencils
  • Container to draw from
  • Pre-made prompts

Instructions

  • Before starting this lesson, ask your class the following question:
    • Can you imagine what it would be like to not see the sun for years at a time?
  • Discuss this for a few moments, then introduce the text lesson: Bradbury's All Summer in a Day: Summary & Analysis.
  • Read the section 'Synopsis of All Summer in a Day'. Discuss:
    • Why does the summer only come for a couple of hours every seven years?
    • What does Margot compare the sun to in her poem?
    • What does the class do to Margot?
    • What does the class realize after experiencing the sun?
  • Read the remainder of the lesson, answering any questions.

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