The Veldt Activities

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

While 'The Veldt' was published in 1950, its themes will be surprisingly relevant to students today. These activities can help students explore this short story and expand their own creative writing.

The Veldt

The Veldt is a short story by American author Ray Bradbury, published in 1950. The story centers around the technological changes of the era and advent of luxury culture, and features a room in which children can make anything come true. This leads to disastrous results for their parents. The following activities are designed to help your students explore this story and the genre of writing.

The Veldt Activities

Draw a Cover

While ''The Veldt'' is a short story, not a full novel, students can still design a book cover for it. Students will start by free-journaling and reflecting on the plot, characters, and themes of the book, as well as the tone and the impact it had on them as a reader. Using these notes, students will try to design a book cover that captures the message, tone, and spirit of the story. Students can choose to directly depict a scene from the story, or can be a more abstract or minimalist representation of the themes, motifs, or symbols of the novel. The only requirement is that the cover must contain the story's title and author. Remind students that they are not being evaluated on artistic skill, just their ideas and connection to the story.

  • Materials: Paper, art and craft supplies as desired.

Short Story Writing Activity

''The Veldt'' is a story born out of postwar anxieties about the role of new technologies and luxuries in daily life. Those are anxieties that students have likely heard echoed by people in this decade. After reading ''The Veldt'', discuss this story as a class and talk about what this shows us about people's anxieties and their relationships with technologies. Students are then going to write a modern adaptation of this short story. In their adaptations, students will strive to maintain the same tone, message, and concerns as the original story, as well as the same basic premise, but the new technologies will be directly connected to our modern ideas about smart homes, digital assistants, automation, and cell phones.

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