Ray Bradbury’s Zero Hour Short Story Activities and Worksheets


Looking for a new scary story to study this fall? Try a Ray Bradbury favorite – Zero Hour! This packet of Zero Hour short story activities and worksheets will give your students plenty of engaging ways to interact with the scary story. A wide variety of no-prep activities are included, making it easy for you to differentiate your instruction, extend the learning for your early finishers, or provide student choice. Printable? Digital? It’s all included to save YOU time.


Both teachers and students love these unique and challenging critical-thinking Zero Hour short story activities and worksheets. Students will plot the story, create a body biography for Mink, determine who the real villain is, listen to the radio play, and much more.

Here’s a breakdown of the Zero Hour Short Story Activities and Worksheets included:

  • 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 significant quotes, colors, and symbols.
  • Create a Comic – Students must represent Zero Hour in a comic format. Paper version or the 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.

All you need to do to use these resources is hit print or assign on your digital learning platform. Everything is ready to go!


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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