The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Read the story below at your level. Then, study the key words and phrases. Later, use them in your conversations and writing this week.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a book by Tom Wolfe. It is a true story and the writer was really there. It is about a group of hippies called the Merry Pranksters. Their leader is a man named Ken Kesey. They travel the US in a brightly-painted bus. On the trip, they open their minds with drugs like LSD.
The book is interesting. It tries to show us what the 60’s really felt like. Drugs like LSD were very popular at that time. They changed American music, writing, and thinking. They were part of the peace, and free-speech movements.
Flesch-Kinkead – Grade 3
true story – non-fiction / real
• I love non-fiction movies. Documentaries are the best.
• “Into the Wild” is a true story about a young man who travels alone.
hippies – people in the 1960’s / not mainstream / long hair / drugs
• My cousin is a hippie. She loves peace and she wears funny clothes.
• Hippies often had long hair and used drugs.
prank – a kind of joke
• I played a prank on my brother. I switched the sugar and salt.
• My sister is a prankster. She always makes me laugh.
Like this story? Let’s talk about it in class.
Ideas to discuss:
• 1960’s counterculture
• Road trips
• Medical use of drugs
Example: Microdoses of LSD are used to fight Alzheimer’s.
• Writing styles
• Books you’ve read
• Peace / free-speech
• American music / books / poetry