“There Will Come Soft Rain” by Ray Bradbury

“There Will Come SofT rainS”
by Ray Bradbury
Pre-reading webquest
I’ve numbered the questIons you’re
doing and highlighted them in
yellow. Write the number and your
answer on your own paper.
Part 1: Author
• Read about the author at the following
1. Write down 5 facts about Ray Bradbury.
Part 2: Title
• Read about Sara Teasdale at
• 2. List 3 facts about Sara Teasdale.
• Read “There Will Come Soft Rains” and the
commentary included at
• 3. What do you think the poem means? Explain
in 3 to 4 complete sentences.
Part 3: The Power of Technology
• Answer the following questions on your own paper.
• 4. Think about the word technology. Write a definition
before you click again!
• Technology is a tool that helps a person accomplish a
task. Something as simple as a hammer or screwdriver
is technology. List five items in the room that represent
technology and how.
• 5. Name one of the many technological advances today
and how it is or will benefit society.
Part 3: The Power of Technology
• Many pros and cons exist about technology. Imagine life
without email or instant messaging, but what is
happening to people’s handwriting skills or their ability to
spell correctly? 6. Name another form of technology that
has both pros and cons and explain the pros and cons.
• 7. Name two everyday items that use computer chips to
help them function better.
• 8. Make a list of when various technological devices
(about five) were invented such as the microwave, cell
phone, computer, Internet, etc. Write a paragraph about
your life without some of these devices.
Part 3: The Power of Technology
• Check out Bill Gates’ house at
• 9. Choose the four rooms you like best.
List them and one fact about each.
• http://www.ask.com/web?q=When+was+the+cell
• http://www.raybradbury.com/
• http://www.plazaboricua.com/anil/archivo/fabulas
• PowerPoint version
• http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/658
• http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/
• http://www.bartleby.com/verse/
• http://www.teaneckschools.org/schools/bf/resour