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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who Lesson Plan

Instructor: Frank Clint

Frank has been an educator for over 10 years. He has a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.

Use this lesson plan to teach students about lessons found in 'Horton Hears a Who.' The lesson also incorporates language and writing standards about adjectives and recalling information from experiences to answer questions.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify and understand the lesson in a story and write about it.
  • Make a connection between a lesson and an event in their own lives.
  • Identify and use adjectives that mean the same as big, small, quiet, and loud.
  • Write a diary from the point of view of a character in a story.

Time/Length

This lesson will take 30-45 minutes. Each station activity can take up to an additional 30-45 minutes. Stations do not need to be completed all at one time.

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.F

Use frequently occurring adjectives.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.8

With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2

Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1.E

Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.8

Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

Vocabulary

  • Lesson
  • Good deeds
  • Person

Materials

  • Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
  • Paper
  • Writing utensils
  • Poster paper
  • Markers or crayons

Instruction

  • Read Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss aloud to students. As you read, stop to point out and discuss the following key details:
    • Words used to describe size and sound. Write them on a chart tablet or whiteboard if you prefer.
    • Evidence of themes, such as 'A person is a person no matter how small,' and 'It is good to do good deeds for others.'
  • After you finish the read aloud, lead students in a discussion about the lessons in the story. Ask students the following guiding questions:
    • Lesson: A person's size doesn't matter.
      • What did Dr. Seuss mean by 'a person's a person no matter how small?'
      • What lesson does this teach us?
      • What do you think it feels like to be a Who?
    • Lesson: It is good to do good deeds for others.
      • What was the most important thing Horton did in the story?
      • Why was this important to the Whos?
      • How do you think it made Horton feel to protect the Whos?
      • Have you ever done something kind for a friend, family member, or someone you didn't know?
      • How did you feel?

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