Young teenagers will love the dystopian themes, futuristic settings, and fantastical (at least, it was…) technology.
- All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury — Nine-year-old Margot hasn’t seen the sun since she left Earth. Will she get to see the sun from Venus when it appears for the first time in 7 years, or will her classmates anger and jealousy get in the way?| Short Story Unit | Learn More…
- A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury — Imagine if you could go back in time to hunt dinosaurs. But there’s a catch. Make one wrong move, and you could change the present forever.
- There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury — Would the world come to an end if we ceased to exist? In this post-apocalyptic story, Bradbury contends that nature — and even some things we have created — may just carry on without us.
- The Veldt by Ray Bradbury — A blend of virtual reality and murder, this story foreshadows our current debate over our children’s reliance on video games.
- Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. — What happens when a teenager takes on a society bent on standardizing everyone?
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
- The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury | VIDEO — This one isn’t so far-fetched these days. Just substitute TV with video game consoles or computers.
- The Last Dog by Katherine Paterson — In a future world, a young man’s love for his dog leads him to leave his sheltered life.
- The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster — An RTE reader studied this story when he was in the 8th grade, and mentioned it in the comments below.
- The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street by Rod Sterling | Script
You can watch a 1960s episode of The Twilight Zone called The Monsters Are on Maple Street on YouTube.
I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my Master’s of Education in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education, and a NBPTS candidate. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify my students’ voices and choices.