When the students came into class, they immediately broke into groups and organized their performances.
After ten minutes, the performances began, in the following order: Future Tense; Harrison Bergeron, A Sound of Thunder; Future Tense (second version, since there were two groups.
After the students performed, we watched another Ray Bradbury episode, based on the short story, "The Veldt." Before I started the show, I explained to the students that we would be putting the science fiction stories into categories, so I encouraged them to think about how this story fits with the other selections that we have read.
During the last part of class, I told students to join with others who had read different stories. Then, I gave them a piece of chart paper and a marker. I told them to sort the stories into categories, based on theme.
The list of stories included:
While they were working, I circulated and found two groups who (still) weren't connecting with theme. I was able to redirect them by asking them to elaborate on their one-word "themes" and they figured it out.
After they compiled their charts, I asked students to share.