Zero Hour by Ray Bradbury Mini-Unit – Activity & Escape Room Bundle

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Ray Bradbury’s lesser-known short story “Zero Hour” is a fantastic literary work to use in conjunction with The Veldt as you study dystopian literature. With this Zero Hour by Ray Bradbury Mini-Unit, you’ll ensure the chilling short story is memorable for years to come. You’ll receive engaging and creative activities that will encourage your students to interact with the text in various, high-level ways.


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This Zero Hour by Ray Bradbury Mini-Unit offers excellent opportunities to review the elements of the short story and compare it to a radio play or theatrical piece. Several activities *sneak in* standards-based tasks and challenge the kids in fun and unique ways. Plus, what’s more fun than a culminating escape room?

What’s Included?

Zero Hour Activities & Worksheets:

  • Plot Diagram – Can your students complete a plot diagram for “Zero Hour?”
  • Body Biography – Students will analyze Mink’s character and create a one-page body biography, including notable quotes, colors, and symbols.
  • Create a Comic – Students must represent Zero Hour in a comic format. Paper version or Pixton version? You decide!
  • Who’s the Real Villain? – Students determine the story’s real villain: Mink, Drill, or the Parents. They will write an argumentative essay incorporating evidence from the text.
  • Compare to the Radio Play – Students listen to Old Time Radio’s “Zero Hour” radio production and compare it to the short story.
  • Compare to the Ray Bradbury Theater – Watch a film adaptation of “Zero Hour” and compare it to the short story.

Zero Hour Escape Room Breakout Tasks: 

  • Plot – Students will review a series of statements to determine which scenes did and did not occur in the text. Then they will place the remaining scenes on a plot diagram.
  • Characters – Students will work to match Zero Hour characters to quotes or traits to reveal a code.
  • Conflict – Students will complete jigsaw puzzles by identifying specific examples of the different types of conflict in the story.
  • General Analysis – Students will answer a variety of questions about things like setting, foreshadowing, and more as they crack their final code.
  • Cryptogram – Using clues left throughout the breakouts, students will crack the cryptogram to reveal a Ray Bradbury quote. They will be asked to reflect on why Bradbury wrote the scary short stories he did.

Using these resources and activities is simple! All you have to do is print what you need or assign it to your digital learning platform. Everything is digital, printable, and ready to go!

By purchasing the bundle, you save 25% off the total price!


Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

  • RL.6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 6.7
  • RL.7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.7
  • RL.8.1, RL.8.2, 8.7


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