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August 22

Science-fiction author Ray Bradbury was born in 1920.

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Science-fiction author Ray Bradbury was born in 1920.

Grades 7 – 12
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Bradbury authored over 500 works during his literary career. His credits include short stories, novels, plays, and poems. Now classics of science fiction, two of his best-known works are The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man. Bradbury earned many awards and honors, including the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, an Emmy, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Bradbury died on June 5, 2012.





Have your students do a Bradbury author study, and then create flyers to advertise their favorite story. First, have students read several titles from Bradbury's extensive body of work. Provide a classroom library or a booklist from which students can select titles. After students have read a sample of Bradbury's stories, ask them to select their favorite.

  • Have students use the ReadWriteThink Literary Elements Mapping tool to record the story's characters, setting, conflict, and resolution. They should also write a brief synopsis of the plot.
  • Next, have them use this information to create a flyer advertising their favorite Bradbury story. Direct students to the ReadWriteThink Printing Press tool.
  • Finally, have students share their recommendations as a group.




  • Ray Bradbury

    Bradbury's official website offers author information and other resources. There is a booklist, message board, biographical information, video clips of him speaking, and more. Fans can even sign up to receive a Ray Bradbury newsletter.


  • Author Profile: Ray Bradbury

    This Teenreads.com webpage offers a brief Bradbury biography, a timeline of his life, and an article about his writing that lists many of his important works.


  • Study Guide for Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles

    This study guide, from Paul Brians of Washington State University, provides detailed background information about each of the individual stories in Bradbury's classic book.


  • Fahrenheit 451

    This page from the NEA's The Big Read program offers resources related to Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Resources include information about historical context, discussion questions, and an extensive teacher's guide.



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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Paying Attention to Technology: Exploring a Fictional Technology

Students complete a short survey to establish their beliefs about technology. They compare their opinions to the ideas in a novel that depicts technology (such as 1984 or Fahrenheit 451).


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Propaganda Techniques in Literature and Online Political Ads

Students analyze propaganda techniques used in pieces of literature and political advertisements. They then look for propaganda in other media, such as print ads and commercials.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Finding the Science Behind Science Fiction through Paired Readings

Students read science fiction texts and then use nonfiction texts to extrapolate the scientific principles presented as they discuss the "what ifs" within the context of scientific principles.