I Am Very Real

Kurt Vonnegut's letter, addressed to Drake High School Board President Charles McCarthy, written in response to the board ordered burning of Vonnegut's novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, is the focus of a comprehension exercise that asks readers to respond to text-based and discussion questions using evidence drawn from the letter.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members read the attached newspaper report of the incident
  • Use as part of a study of Vonnegut's novel and/or of censorship
Classroom Considerations

  • The Commonlit Collection organizes poems, stories, documents, etc. by theme and Lexile level
  • All Commonlit materials have been cleared with the copyright holders
Pros

  • The complete text of the letter as well as text-based and discussion questions are included in the resource
Cons

  • None
Common Core