"A Sound of Thunder" Study Guide

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Return to the time before the beginning with “A Sound of Thunder,” Ray Bradbury’s science fiction short story that gave rise to the term The Butterfly Effect. Prior to discussion, provide readers with a study guide that asks them to define literary terms and vocabulary used in the story, and respond to text-based questions. Consider adding critical thinking questions and group activities before engaging in a whole-class discussion.

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CCSS: Adaptable

  • The study guide would help focus readers' attention on key events in the story

  • No interpretative or evaluative questions are included
  • Questions do not scaffold to show readers how to determine the theme of the story
Common Core