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Slaughterhouse-Five

by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five

Named after the building where POWs were held, Slaughterhouse-Five tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens. The novel follows Pilgrim through all phases of his life, concentrating on his experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Enrichment Activities
Internet Resources
Books by Kurt Vonnegut


Enrichment Activities

  • Culminating Projects
    Having students complete a culminating project is an important aspect of any literature unit. Slaughterhouse-Five Projects includes a list of assignments and other curriculum connections.

  • Discussion Ideas and Questions
    Throughout a literature unit the discussion component is crucial, especially when reading a complex book such as Slaughterhouse-Five. Slaughterhouse-Five Questions includes ten questions to consider for discussion.

  • Theme Analysis
    Three of the most important themes in this book are good vs. evil, war and its effects, and nationalism. Assess your students' knowledge using the Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer worksheet.

  • Unit Preparation
    Prepare for this literature unit with the Slaughterhouse-Five Synopsis. This includes important ideas and concepts to highlight with your students, as well as a writing connection involving the three important themes of the book.


Internet Resources

Kurt Vonnegut Corner
Grade Levels: Secondary
View Vonnegut's essay collection, an image gallery, and links to other helpful Vonnegut sites.
http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/4953/vonn.html

Kurt Vonnegut's Home Page
Grade Levels: Secondary
Read a welcome letter from the famous author.
http://www.vonnegut.com/

Books by Kurt Vonnegut

Bluebeard, 1987
Breakfast of Champions, 1973
Cat's Cradle, 1963
Deadeye Dick, 1982
Galapagos: A Novel, 1985
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, 1965
Hocus Pocus, 1990
Jailbird, 1979
Mother Night, 1961
Player Piano, 1952
The Sirens of Titan, 1959
Slaughterhouse-Five, 1969
Slapstick, 1976
Timequake, 1997

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