Brett Eubank~ Extender
1. Where did this story take place?
2. Hypothesis what happened when they let Margot out of the closet.
3. If you were Margot how would you feel that You were locked in a closet while others got to see the sun and play.

I relate this story to the planet in the movie WALL-E. The planet in the movie was not wet but dry and little water, but you could see the sun through the coulds in the movie. The planet was very polluted and hard for people eventually however they left. In the short story it seemed to more like Venus was being colonized.

I also relate this story to story of Joseph in genisis. He was son of Jacob, he was the favorite of the father. His sold him as a slave and he became pharaohs imterperter of dreams and eventually made it back home. This alot like Margot, because she was locked in the closet and was left there but eventually she returned to the class. Unfortunately she returned after the sun was over. That is what differs in these 2 stories that one has a decent ending while the other ends in sadder way.

I also believe this can relate to the real life crisis of bullying. Margot is bullyied by the other kids because she is different from them. She ultimately is shoved into a closet and left alone and has to suffer for hours while other children play. More often what people would like to think children shove someone else into a locker of a closet and block the door so they can't escape. In this situation Margot missed her favorite thing of all the Sun because of bullying.

This can relate to several life experiences of different shapes and sizes. Margot missed her favorite thing in the world sometimes others end missing something that was important to them. For example a husband gets a phone call from his wife who is nine months pregnant saying she is going to the hospital. So he rushes out gets in his car and begins racing to the hospital but he gets held (maybe an accident, traffic, flat tire, etc.) he misses the birth of his child. He can't make that up anytime soon he has to wait awhile before he experience that again. So in a sense he was locked in the closet just like Margot. She will be able to experience the sensation again she just has to wait.

Wade Foster -- Image Finder

Where was Margot from?
Why were the children skeptical of the scientists’ claim that the sun would appear?
Considering the fact that Venus as we know it has no water, why is it always raining there?


The Sun is visible on Earth, on average, 12 hours a day. On Venus, it is rarely visible, with only an hour of sunlight in years. With the Sun so common on Earth, it was taken for granted, much like a flower in a field. However, in the city, flowers are all but unheard of. Such is life on Venus. The Sun hadn't been seen in seven years, making it all but unheard of. Margot, the only child in the school who had seen it once before, was ridiculed for remembering, because, due to the rarity of the Sun, people denied that she had seen it.


This picture is what Venus was like 24 hours a day. Through this constant downpour, it would be impossible to see the sun. Those who have seen the sun, like Margot, would have been drowned out from the sun's life-giving rays.


This is the planet Venus. Clearly, Ray Bradbury implied some sort of human intervention upon its colonization, for the planet is portrayed as subject to constant rainstorms, and the Venus we know now has no water.


This picture sums up the relationship between the sun and humans pretty well; we need it to live and cherish its presence. What if you were taken away from the sun for years on end? What would happen to you? In Margot's case, she was a pale shadow of her former self.


If anyone has ever owned a dog and had the unpleasant experience of its death, they know how hard it can be to cope with the loss. For Margot, the sun was like her own pet dog: always there, comforting, warm. Losing the sun, however, must have been far worse.

Quinn LeGallo-Malone Character Tracker:
I: What is the weather usually like on Venus?
II: Why do you think the other kids hate Margot?
III: Do you think Margot's life will improve if she returns to Earth?


I would describe Margot as quiet. Margot does not talk much, and the other kids sometimes make fun of her which makes her not want to talk to them. She also refuses to talk to some of the kids at the beginning of the story.

I would describe the teacher as forgetful. She forgets about Margot seemingly by accident. Most teachers know all of there students and would remember to always do a head count before going outside.

I think that the other kids are mean. They are mean because they bully Margot and stuff her in a closet while the Sun is out. This is severe bullying that deprived Margot of a special experience. This is very bad bullying and the kids should get in some serious trouble.

I believe that Margot is intelligent. I think this because she remembers the Sun from when she was only four years old. She also seems to keep up to date with science as she knows that the Sun is going to come out and must have read about it. She also makes sure to try to educate the other kids in the story by telling them about the sun using metaphors.

I would describe the sun as grossly incandescent. The Sun acts like a character in this story, who's rays bring joy to all the children. It acts like a character because it moves and is used a lot in the story. It brings forth many emotions simply by revealing itself. The Sun is a wondrous body, like a magnificent father, in that it can cause such strong reactions even though you cannot look at it.

Vocab Builder and 3 Questions
Zach Gentry

Costa's Levels of Inquiry
1. What is so excitedly waited for in this story?
2. Describe Margot and why she is so different.
3. If you were Margot's parents, would you leave to go back to Earth for her?

Vocab Builder
1. Crystal- n., adj. : a clear, transparent mineral or glass resembling ice.
Bradbury uses this word as an adjective in this case to describe the decade long showers of rain that occur
on Venus while the characters are living on the planet. This sets a gloomy mood about the story and also leads
to sad thoughts in the readers mind since there is never any sun.

2. Remembrance- n. : a retained mental impression; memory.
The author talks in a third person omniscient view about how all the children in this story are trying to remember
what the sun looks like and how it feels because they haven't seen it for seven years. Apart from this group, Margot
does remember what it was like and is envied and mistreated for this reason.

3. Feverish- adj. : excited,restless, or uncontrolled, as if from fever.
This word is used to set the overall mood of restlessness from joy as the children await to see their beloved sun that
they only are able to see once in seven whole years. So yeah, they're just a bit excited in this story.

4. Ghost- n., adj.: a mere shadow or semblance; a trace.
This word describes how sad and lonely Margot acts in this story because she is an outcast among the other
children. She never talks to anyone and hardly does more than stares out the window in the classroom looking at
the never ending showers outside.

5. Crime- n.: an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests
of the state and that is legally prohibited.
Bradbury uses this term as a metaphor; calling the way that Margot's parents left Earth and took her to Venus in their own interest
to make larger wages. It seems to be a crime to Margot because she is forced to leave unfairly and has ended up sadder and more
alone then before.

6. Flaming- adj.: emitting flames; blazing; burning; fiery.
Flaming is used to describe how the heat of the sun feels to the children for the first time in years. As they walk out of their
underground buildings, they immediately are greeted by that feeling and look up into the blazing sun.

7. Resilient- adj.: springing back; rebounding.
8. Alive- adj.: full of energy and spirit; lively.
Both of these words were used by the author in this story to describe the ground and jungle. After having rained for so long,
when the children come out the soil and the 'jungle mattress' are spongy and squishy, bounces back against the feet that
land upon it and full of life as it squishes and squashes underneath the children.

9. Tumultuously- adj.: raising a great clatter and commotion; disorderly or noisy.
As the children come out for the first time, Bradbury uses this word to describe the commotion and chaos of the rushing feeling
that suddenly comes over the story. All of the children are so excited that they rush out, falling over one another, to get a glimpse
of the sun.

10. Savored- v.: to give oneself to the enjoyment of.
The children in this story were all able to savor and enjoy this special moment in their lives. All except for Margot, who was locked
in the classroom closet by the other children and never got to enjoy the sun while it was visible, high in the sky.