“A Sound of Thunder” Movie with “A Sound of Thunder” Lesson Plans

As I was throwing together a unit for “A Sound of Thunder,” I thought I’d check YouTube to see if they had that “Sound of Thunder” movie that came out a few years back that isn’t very good.

What I found instead was pure gold (metaphoric gold, that is).

Speaking of gold: This video comparison t-chart is pure metaphoric teaching gold: Template Literary Interpretation-T-Chart.

There used to be a television show called Ray Bradbury Theater. I wish I would have known this when I taught Fahrenheit 451. But I do know it now that I teach “A Sound of Thunder.”

If you’re looking for a “Sound of Thunder” movie (about 23 minutes long), look no more.

Perhaps you’re wondering how you could turn this into a lesson plan involving ELA Common Core standards?

Do it with a chart.

  1. Divide or fold a paper in half long ways.
  2. As you’re reading or after you’ve read “A Sound of Thunder,” list 6-10 things in the left column that are important to the story.
  3. As you watch the video, Write how those 6-10 things are portrayed in the video.
  4. If you’re really interested in continuing the learning, do a basic comparison paragraph with a judgment on how accurately the film portrays the short story.

Don’t forget to write one of these standards on the board (delicious standards as the year winds down).

  • RL.9-10.7 – Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.
  • RL.11-12.7 – Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.) (Bradbury is technically an American dramatist).


    If you think a great short story deserves more than a cursory “read these pages and answer the questions at the end of the story” lesson, then you’ll love this “A Sound of Thunder” teaching guide. It contains:

    • Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" Lesson Plans

      All the free stuff you see on this page

    • Six lesson plans aligned to the common core standards
    • Seven graphic organizers with answer keys
    • 4 grading rubrics
    • A 10-question multiple choice quiz and 3 short answer questions with answer key
    • A Tyrannosaurus size aura of awesomeness


    It's like 20 times better than the stiff lesson plans out-of-touch corporate publishing companies produce and it's like 1/5 the price.


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