1. To read books written by Dr.
Seuss aloud and silently, in pairs and groups.
2. To identify setting, characters
and story plot of Dr. Seuss books.
3. To understand elements of
various writing styles.
4. To use graphic organizers to
compare and contrast the writing style used in
Dr. Seuss books.
5. To identify elements of a book
6. To write a book review of a Dr.
7. To deliver an oral presentation.
8. To share reactions to Dr. Seuss'
books via a collaborative e-pals
review project with students in another state.
1. Listen to
audio clip of Dr.
Seuss describing his writing philosophy. What is
Dr. Seuss' writing philosophy?
2. View trailers for
The Cat In
The Hat movie and
The Grinch. Who are
the main characters in each story? Listen to the
stories being told to be able to describe the
meter and pattern of the rhymes in each story.
For example: In The Cat In The Hat the
rhyme scheme follows this pattern: A B A B (the
first line rhymes with the third and the second
line rhymes with the fourth).
3. Create a
word wall of rhymes
in which rhyming words are grouped by same
4. Create a KWL chart
like the one below. Elicit from students
information that they already know about Dr.
Seuss' writing style.
WHAT DO WE KNOW
ABOUT DR. SEUSS' WRITING STYLE?
DO WE WANT
TO KNOW ABOUT DR. SEUSS' WRITING STYLE?
WHAT DID WE LEARN
ABOUT DR. SEUSS'S WRITING STYLE?
||What is the
sentence structure like?
complex sentences give a rhythm to the
|The books are
||What are some
phrases are repeated.
||What makes the
theme on each page is continued onto the
||The theme of
the books is stated in a simple sentence
on the first pages of the books.
on some pages break up the choppy
sentences on previous pages.
||Dr. Seuss makes
sense out of nonsense.
||The books are
written in a narrative style.
moral messages are used.
his works in the third person.
should be expected.
such as how to achieve your goals are
Dr. Seuss's books include fables such as
Yertle the Turtle , fairy tales such as
The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew
Cubbins , and outlandish, exaggerated
tales such as If I Ran the Zoo.
schemes are simple but he has created for
us a slew of outlandish names and places.
||Satire is used.
2. Read And
To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr.
Elicit answers to these questions
from the students:
genre does this book belong to?
scheme is used in this book?
|What is the
setting of this book?
|What are the
|What is the
problem of this book?
|How was the
|What lesson did
The following web sites will be
used to research information about writing
This web site compares the writing
styles of Dr. Seuss and Laura Numeroff.
This web site describes and gives
examples of the narrative style of Dr. Seuss.
The underlying themes in Dr. Seuss' books are explored.
In addition to a biography of Dr.
Seuss, an analysis of his writing style can be
found at this site.
1. Students are assigned to one of
six literacy groups and assigned roles. Each
group will read one of the six Dr. Seuss books
listed above. Roles include readers who read the
book aloud to the group; recorders who take notes
onto the chart below; and reporters who share the
information found with the class.
age range is the book written for?
would you describe the writing style?
are the characters in the story like?
theme runs through the book?
|Why is this book still charming?
is the setting?
is the plot?
lesson is taught in the book?
Students use this
chart to put the story events in order. A
sample may be found
1. Students share information about
Dr. Seuss' writing style. Create a
Diagram comparing and contrasting writing
styles in two of the books. (From these Venn
Diagrams, the whole class may compare and
contrast all of the books read in one or two
large Venn Diagrams.)
2. Students rotate the books so
that each group has a chance to read each book.
Student roles rotate within the group as each
book is rotated. Students play "Name That
Book" a game in which one group presents an
event which takes place in one of Dr. Seuss'
books. The other groups guess the book. (An
example might be: In which book does Sam I Am get
another character to enjoy a new food?)
3. Log onto
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/bookrev/challenge.htm to learn
the steps in writing a book review. Steps
include: Describe the setting; Describe the main
characters; Give your reader a "taste"
of the plot without giving away the ending. Each
group will write a book review for one of the
books read. These book reviews will be shared as
a collaborative project through
epals with Mrs.
Willard's third grade class at Rochester
Elementary School which is located outside of
Topeka, Kansas. (Teachers can use the free service of www.epals.com
to locate other classes for collaborative projects.)
4. Students dress up as a character
from one of the books and give oral clues to the
class that describe the character. Students in
class guess the character and the title of
During this lesson the teacher
meets with each group for guided reading. The
teacher uses the
Text Form to evaluate the progress
of each group. Guided reading questions the
teacher might ask each literacy group include:
|Where and when
does the story take place?
|Which part of the story
best describes the setting?
|What is the place
|Could there be a
place like this in real life?
are the characters like?
|Who is the most
important character in the story?
|Do any of the
characters do things you think are
good/bad? Explain why.
|Do the characters
change in the story? How?
|What are the main events of
|Were you able to guess what
was going to happen next? What clues did
|Can you think of another
way the story might have happened?
|How did the story make you
feel? How did the author make you feel
|What was the funniest thing
|What did you like and/or
dislike about the way the author has
written the story?
|What unusual words or
expressions did the author use in the
|How did the author describe
|Were there any unusual ways
of saying things? Give examples.
|Why do you think
the author wrote this book?
|Have you learned a
lesson from reading this story? What is
Lesson 3, students will explore the illustration style of
1. Students may do word activities
in which they follow rhymes ending the same way
as those in Dr. Seuss books. Students can create
their own words using the rhyme pattern and write
and illustrate what the word means.
2. Students may take an online quiz
related to characters and events found in many of
Dr. Seuss' books at
3. Students can use printable forms
to take a survey on their favorite Dr. Seuss
http://abcteach.com/Reading/suess/survey.htm and graph
with their results at
can make a printable version of their written
reactions to favorite Dr. Seuss books at
favorite characters at
http://abcteach.com/Reading/suess/favchar.htm and make
an advertisement for a book at
Dr. Seuss scenes may be recorded at
4. A printable word search can be
5. A recipe for Green Eggs
and Ham is available at
A recipe for oobleck is available
A recipe for decorating a Cat In
The Hat hat is available at
math, science, reasoning, and reading games
featuring to Dr. Seuss characters may be found at
7. Math word problems based on
material from Dr. Seuss books are found at http://mathstories.com/bookstories/Book_12_Dr_Seuss.htm
8. Printable Dr. Seuss cards and
directions for card games are found at http://auburn.wednet.edu/homepages/ilalko/Seuss.htm/
9. Links to activities and lesson
plans to use with Dr. Seuss books including: The
Foot Book, Dr. Seuss' ABC, The Five
Hundred Hats of Bartholmew Cubbins, Green
Eggs and Ham, Yertle The Turtle, The
King's Stilts, The Butter Battle Book,
Horton Hears A Who, Horton Hatches The
Egg, The Shape of Me And Other Stuff, Hop
On Pop, If I Ran The Zoo, The Lorax,
The Cat In The Hat, and Bartholomew and
the Oobleck can be found at: http://teachingheart.net/thedrsuesspage.html and
10. The events of The Cat In The
Hat as told by the fish can be read at this
site. Students might write story events in one of
the Dr. Seuss books they have read as told by one
of the story characters. http://cat-in-the-hat-merchandise.com/fishs-eye-view.htm
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