Oh, the Places You'll Go Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Can your students pinpoint the techniques used by Dr. Seuss in his book, 'Oh, the Places You'll Go?' A text lesson introduces and exemplifies these, an analysis of the book gives students a chance to show what they know, and a quiz reinforces learning. Related lessons and extensions help to take instruction further.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain who Dr. Seuss was
  • identify themes and methods used by Dr. Seuss in his writing
  • identify examples of rhyme, repetition, and morals in Dr. Seuss's writing
  • analyze the use of rhyme, repetition, and morals in Oh, the Places You'll Go


1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


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


Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

Key Vocabulary

  • Rhyme scheme
  • Repetition
  • Morals


  • A copy of Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go


  • Begin by asking the class if they have heard of Dr. Seuss, allowing them to share their thoughts with the class.
  • Have students take turns reading a few sentences each from the introduction, 'Dr. Seuss's Poems,' and 'Rhyme' sections of the text lesson Dr. Seuss's Poems: Lesson for Kids, pausing to write the definition for rhyme and the examples of rhyme presented in the lesson on the board for the class.
  • Review the definition of rhyme and each example before moving on.
  • Again, have students take turns reading the 'Repetition' section of the text lesson.
  • Write the definition of repetition on the board along with the example provided in the text lesson.
  • Review the definition of repetition and the example with the class before moving on.
  • Ask the students to take turns reading the 'Morals' section of the text lesson now.
  • Write the definition for morals and the example provided in the text lesson on the board now and review these with the class.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' to the class now.

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