Dr. Seuss Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about Dr. Seuss with this lesson plan. They will study two text lessons, take two follow-up quizzes, and participate in three fun hands-on activities to reinforce the newly learned material.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the personal life of Dr. Seuss
  • Explain some of the techniques employed in his books
  • Name some of Dr. Seuss's most famous works


1-1.5 Hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Advertising
  • Cartoonist
  • Dartmouth College
  • Editor
  • Illustrator
  • Morals
  • Oxford University
  • Pseudonym
  • Repetition
  • Rhyme scheme

Curriculum Standards


Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone


  • Inform your students they will be studying legendary author Dr. Seuss.
  • Display an image of Dr. Seuss.
  • Ask them if anyone is familiar with his works?
  • Review key vocabulary terms.

Text Lesson One

  • Pass out copies of the first text lesson Dr. Seuss's Biography & Books: Lesson for Kids.
  • Read the introduction and the first section 'Meeting Dr. Seuss.'
    • What was his real name?
    • What did he originally wish to write?
  • Next read the section 'Young Life and Education.'
    • Where was he born?
    • Where did he go to college?
    • What two jobs did he work at there?
    • What is a pseudonym?
    • Where did he go to graduate school?
    • Did he finish?
    • What did he do instead?
    • Who did he meet in graduate school?
    • What did she encourage him to do? Why?
  • Now read the section 'Career and Successes.'
    • At first, did he make a lot of money as a cartoonist?
    • What did he do as a second job?
    • What famous publication featured some of his work?
    • For what large corporation did he write advertising campaigns?
    • For what other two companies did he create ads?
    • Can you name some of his famous books?
    • What awards did he win?
  • Lastly, read the section 'Lesson Summary', recap the first text lesson, and answer any questions of relevance.
  • Have your students take the lesson quiz to demonstrate their grasp of the material.

Drawing Activity

  • Inform your students they will be drawing a picture of one of their favorite Dr. Seuss characters.
  • Divide your students up into pairs.
  • Hand out colored markers and large sheets of poster board.
  • You can turn your poster board to a horizontal position or a vertical position.
  • You can use the Internet to find a picture of your favorite character. However, you cannot trace the picture.
    • You can be creative and draw the character with your friends, or in a school setting, or combine it with one of your favorite movies or television shows.
  • Finally, have the students share their drawings with everyone in the classroom.

Text Lesson Two

  • Pass out copies of the second text lesson Dr. Seuss's Poems: Lesson for Kids.
  • Read the introduction and the initial section 'Dr. Seuss's Poems.'
    • Did he have children of his own?
    • What are morals?
  • Next read the section 'Rhyme.'
    • What is a straight rhyme?
    • What is a half rhyme?
  • Now read the section 'Repetition.'
    • Can you give an example from one of his books that employs this technique?
  • Next read the section 'Morals.'
    • Did he deliberately try to add morals to his stories?
    • What did he do instead?
    • Can you name two specific examples of morals in his stories?
  • Finally, read the section 'Lesson Summary', review the second lesson, and answer any pertinent questions.
  • Have your students take the lesson quiz to demonstrate their comprehension.

Poem Activity

  • Explain to your students they will be creating their very own Dr. Seuss poems.
  • Divide your students up into five groups.
    • Group One, you will be Team Blue Eggs and Toast. (a spoof of Green Eggs and Ham)
    • Group Two, you will be Team The Dog in the Fog. (a spoof of The Cat in the Hat)
    • Group Three, you will be Team One Cow, Two Cow, Gold Cow, Green Cow. (a spoof of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish)
    • Group Four, you will be Team Horton Sees a Bee! (a spoof of Horton Hears a Who!)
    • Group Five, you will be Team Bad Day for Down! (a spoof of Good Day for Up!)
    • Now meet in your groups and write your own stories.
    • You can use the Internet to read or listen to the original stories for inspiration. However, your poems must be original and not just copies.
    • Each person in your group must contribute at least two lines.
  • Lastly, nominate a spokesperson in each group to read their creations to the entire class for the enjoyment of all.

Debate Activity

  • Let your students know they will be having a debate to determine which is the greatest Dr. Seuss book of all time.
  • Divide your students up into groups of 4-6.
    • Write down several of your favorite books by Dr. Seuss. You can use the Internet to find a complete bibliography by the year they were released.
    • List several reasons why you believe your choice is the greatest of his books.
    • Don't forget that many of his books have become television specials, movies, and musicals. Does this fact change your opinion on which book is best?
  • Pick a spokesperson from each group to present their findings.
  • Now have the students meet back up in one large group. At this juncture, anyone can chime in with an opinion.
    • Does anyone prefer a book other than the one picked by their group?
    • Do you have any more questions or comments about this debate?


  • Author Eric Carle has written over 250 books, and many people who like Dr. Seuss books also like to read his books. Write a two-page paper comparing and contrasting the two famous authors.

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