All Summer in a Day

Deep in December it can be hard to remember that it was ever warm enough to go swimming. Imagine what it would be like to only have a sunny day once every seven years! Ray Bradbury's gripping short story, "All Summer in a Day" tells the tale of a girl who is locked in a closet by her jealous classmates and denied her moment in the sun. Using the story as a launchpad, class members consider various types of bullying and develop strategies and inventions to stop bullying.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask readers to consider why Bradbury chooses to have the teacher out of the room at the time of the story
  • Follow up by asking them to consider what young people can do to prevent bullying when an adult or authority figure is not present
Classroom Considerations
  • A protocol must be in place for a safe, respectful discussion of the topic of bullying
Pros
  • Links are provided to Bradbury's short story and anti-bullying resources
Cons
  • None