In 2006, an English teacher at Xavier High School in New York City gave her students an assignment to test their ability to persuade through writing. Asked to write to their favorite author and invite them to visit their school, five students chose Kurt Vonnegut due to his significant influence his writing had on them. While Vonnegut did not visit the school, he was the only writer to reply to the students of Ms. Lockwood's English class. His response encouraged "Becoming."
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