“All Summer in aDay”RAY BRADBURYMS. MILLS 7TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS
ACADEMIC VOCABULARY Word Choice Descriptive Language
MEET OUR AUTHOR – THOMAS LOCKER Born in New York City in 1937, Thomas Locker began his career as a landscape painter in the 1960s, exhibiting work reminiscent of the 19th- century Hudson River School of painting. It wasn’t until 1982 that he turned to writing and illustrating children’s books. His first, Where the River Begins, was named one of the 10 best illustrated childrens books of 1984 in the New York Times Book Review. He went on to illustrate more than 30 works for young readers, many of which he also wrote, and garnered numerous additional honors. He died in Albany, N.Y. on Friday, March 9, 2012. He was 74.
Listen for the descriptive language. Water Dance is an unusual introduction to the water cycle. The book features a free-verse narrative illustrated by landscape and seascape paintings that show water in various forms referred to in the text, “I am the waterfall,” “I am the clouds,” or “I am a thunderhead.”
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MEET OUR AUTHOR Bradbury grew up in Waukegan, Illinois, and later moved his family to California. As a teenager, he read science fiction stories and soon began writing his own. He has published more than five hundred works- short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television, scripts, and verse. He eventually became an award-winning science fiction author, known for such works as The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
How does the setting contributeto the plot of the story? Explain.