The Big Trip Up Yonder

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What would the world look like if there were a way to stop the aging process? Take a look at Kurt Vonnegut's vision of this future in "The Big Trip Up Yonder." Class members read the short story and then respond to a series of text-based and discussion questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include this in a unit about growing old or the value of youth
  • Read the story together and assign the questions as partner work or homework
  • Use some of the discussion questions as essay or extended paragraph prompts
Classroom Considerations

  • The creator of the resource fit all of the text-based questions and all of the discussion questions on a second page; there isn't much space to respond to some of the questions
Pros

  • Includes the full text of the short story
  • Vocabulary definitions are provided in the footnotes
  • Questions require close reading and higher-level thinking
Cons

  • None