How the Grinch Stole Christmas 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.

Did the Grinch really steal Christmas? Two text lessons prepare your students for analysis of this famous Dr. Seuss story. Additional resources and activities provide opportunities for ongoing instruction.

Learning Objectives

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

  • summarize Dr. Suess's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • provide definitions for terms relating to story elements
  • identify story elements in Dr. Seuss's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Length

1 hour

Curriculum Standards

  • Index cards
  • Colored markers
  • Dr. Seuss's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Instructions

  • Begin by passing out eight index cards to each student.
  • Now read the introduction and Parts of a Story sections of the text lesson Story Elements Lesson for Kids to the class.
  • Now explain to the students that they will create a flashcard for each of the parts of the story, listing the part on the front of the card and a few words about it on the back.
  • Next, read the Characters section of the text lesson aloud to the class.
  • Have the students use the markers to write CHARACTERS on the front of the card and 'the creatures, people, or animals that the story is about' on the back.
  • Now read the Setting section of the lesson aloud to the class.
  • Ask students to write SETTING on the front of the next card and 'where the story takes place' on the back.
  • Read the Problem section of the text lesson next.
  • Ask students to take another card and write PROBLEM on the front and 'something that goes wrong in the story' on the back of the card.
  • Now read the Events section of the text lesson to the class.
  • Ask the class to write EVENTS on the front of a card and 'important things that happen' on the back.
  • Read the Solution section of the text lesson to the class now.
  • Have them take another card and write SOLUTION on the front and 'how the problem is fixed or solved in the story' on the back.
  • Now review each card with the class to make sure that all students have them correct before moving on
  • Ask students who Dr. Seuss is, writing their ideas on the board.
  • Now read the introduction and Dr. Seuss's Poems section of the text lesson Dr. Seuss's Poems: Lesson for Kids aloud to the class.
  • Were the students' ideas about Dr. Seuss correct? Discuss this now with the class.
  • Explain to the students that they will be creating three more flashcards specific to the qualities found in Dr. Seuss's work.
  • Read the Rhyme section of the text lesson aloud to the class.
  • Have students write RHYME on the front of a card and 'a pattern where the words rhyme' on the back.
  • Now read the Repetition section of the text lesson to the class.
  • Next have them write REPETITION on the front of the card and 'reusing phrases' on the back.
  • Read the Morals section of the text lesson now.
  • Have the class create a flashcard with MORALS on the front and 'a type of lesson that can be learned' on the back.

Activity

  • Now tell the class that you will be reading one of Dr. Seuss's most popular books to them, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
  • As you read, the students should hold up the appropriate flashcard when they hear one of the elements that was discussed in the two text lessons and that are listed on their cards. For example, each time the students hear the word Grinch, they should hold up the CHARACTERS card, and so on.

Extensions

  • Show the class the movie adaptation of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. How does it compare to the book?
  • Have students use their flashcards to identify these elements in other works by Dr. Seuss.

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