Use Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s "2 B R 0 2 B" short story to challenge students to connect their prior knowledge of the world to the setting of the short story.
*full text of 2 B R 0 2 B (public domain)
*2 versions of text-to-world connections activity (one is scaffolded, with half of the table filled)
*includes suggested responses as answer key
About 2 B R 0 2 B from Wikipedia: ""2 B R 0 2 B" is a science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut, originally published in the digest magazine Worlds of If Science Fiction, January 1962, and collected in Vonnegut's Bagombo Snuff Box (1999). The title is pronounced "2 B R naught 2 B", referencing the famous phrase "to be, or not to be" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. In this story, the title refers to the telephone number one dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination."