1. Who was Dr. Seuss?
2. What type of information is
included in a biography?
3. What information can we find
about the life of Dr. Seuss by reading Oh The
Places he Went by Maryann Weidt?
4. How can we search for
information about Dr. Seuss on the World Wide
The Places He Went by Marion Weidt
Birthday To You by Dr. Seuss
with Internet Access
Create a KWL chart
like the one below: Elicit from students
information that they already know about Dr.
Seuss. What do you know about Dr. Seuss? What
books have you read? What is your favorite Dr.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT
DO WE WANT TO
KNOW ABOUT DR. SEUSS?
WHAT DID WE LEARN
|Dr. Seuss is the author of
||Where was Dr. Seuss born?
|Books written by Dr. Seuss
include: The Cat In The Hat, How
The Grinch Stole Christmas
||Where did Dr. Seuss live?
||What is Dr. Seuss' real name?
||Theodor Seuss Geisel
||Why did he become an author?
||Ted's sister used to make up
stories and words for Ted. His mother
read stories to him. Ted loved books.
Ted's friends encouraged him to write by
praising his funny stories. Ted's family
and teachers also encouraged him to
did he write in rhyme?
mother used to chant rhymes to Ted and
his sister when putting them to sleep.
were many of Dr. Seuss' characters
lived near the zoo and his father worked
at the zoo. Ted was fascinated by the
was Dr. Seuss a breakthrough innovator?
were not many entertaining children's
books around before Dr. Seuss began
writing his children's books.
slide show of
photographs of Dr. Seuss. The teacher reads aloud
Oh The Places He Went and asks: What genre
does this book belong to? What types of
information is included in a biography? What
additional information have we learned about Dr.
Seuss that we can add to our KWL chart? The
additional information is added to the chart in
the "What Have We Learned About Dr.
The sequence of the main events in
the life of Dr. Seuss may be recorded on a
A sample may look like this:
Students are assigned to one of six
groups and assigned roles. Roles include
researchers who locate information on the World Wide Web about the life of Dr. Seuss; readers who read
the information aloud to the group that is found
on the web sites; recorders who take notes from
the information found on the web sites on the
chart below; and reporters who share the information
found with the class. Each group uses a different
web site from the list below.
The following web sites will be
used to research information about the life of
Dr. Seuss. Teachers may wish to edit the material
at each web site to better suit the
reading levels of their students.
Each of the following web sites
includes biographical information about Dr.
This web site is an interview with Dr. Seuss:
|1. What is Dr.
Seuss' real name?
|2. Where was Dr.
|3. Where did he
|4. Why did he
begin writing children's literature?
||There weren't many
entertaining children's books before Dr.
Seuss began writing.
|5. What writing
style did Dr. Seuss adopt?
stories, made up words, repetition of
|6. Why did he
adopt silly poetry as his style of
||He liked to make
up words and rhymed them to create
characters and plots that were
entertaining for children.
|7. What are some of the
books that Dr. Seuss wrote?
||And To Think That I Saw
It on Mulberry Street, Horton
Hears A Hoo, The Cat In The Hat,
The Cat In The Hat Returns, Green
Eggs and Ham, Oh,
the Places You'll Go, Fox
in Socks, How the
Grinch Stole Christmas
|8. How many books did he
|9. How would you describe
the illustrations in the books written by
animal-like characters, wacky, like
the wrong end of the telescope"
|10. What audiences are Dr.
Seuss' books written for?
|11. What type of education
did Dr. Seuss receive?
||graduated from Dartmouth
University and Oxford University
|12. What are some jobs that
Dr. Seuss held?
||Editor of his high school
newspaper, Central Recorder;
Editor of Dartmouth's humor magazine, Jack
O'Lantern, Writer for Dartmouth's
newspaper, Daily Dartmouth; sold
stories and cartoons to many magazines,
worked for an advertising agency writing
and illustrating ads
|13. What awards did
||two Academy awards, two
Emmy awards, a Peabody award
and the Pulitzer Prize
1. Students share information about
the life of Dr. Seuss. Students answer the
Scavenger hunt questions found at
Each student writes at least five
complete sentences telling about what he or she
thought were the most interesting things learned
about Dr. Seuss.
2. Students do the cloze activity at
3. Students find the names of books
written by Dr. Seuss on a
4. Teacher reads aloud
Birthday To You. Students create
birthday cards to Dr. Seuss according to
the directions at
http://seussville.com/seussville/seussentennial/pdf/card.pdf or applications such as Kidpix and The
Print Shop may be used to make individual
birthday cards. Invitations to a Dr. Seuss 100th birthday party
at can be made using the template at
Students will be evaluated on their
ability to locate, synthesize, write about, and
share information about Dr. Seuss' life. A
these skills will be used.
2, students will read six of Dr.
Seuss' books and analyze his writing style.
1. Students may view the video,
In Search Of Dr. Seuss, which is part biography,
part performance; both are entertaining and
informative. It covers his boyhood years,
his advertising history, his wartime
documentaries, and the more modern books.
Students may look at
Who's Who And What's What In The
Books of Dr. Seuss. This is an extensive .pdf
guide to characters, places, things and what-not
through all of Dr. Seuss' published works.
sculptures to Dr. Seuss and use clay
or papier mâché to sculpt their own memorial
sculptures for Dr. Seuss.
Teachers may use Oh The
Places He Went web site to get ideas for various activities related to Dr. Seuss that span
across curriculum areas. A useful bibliography
books related to Dr. Seuss is available at this