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The World According to Dr. Seuss

Who knew rhyming could be so controversial?

In The World According to Dr. Seuss, you'll be in for much more than just goofy rhyming (though there's plenty of that). Over the course of  three weeks, we'll go behind the scenes and see how Dr. Seuss tackles all sorts of issues, from war, racism, and communism to economy, ecology, and literacy.

Once you're filled in on all the thinly veiled PG-13 content, we'll provide you with activities that you can do with your children at home or with your young'un students. We've consulted with an expert in child development and children's literacy to bring you the most effective and engaging activities for each and every Seussy kid out there.

Course Breakdown

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Unit 1. A Book a Day Keeps Illiteracy Away

In this unit, we're going to let you in on some of the Seussiest secrets to reading with your child. We'll go behind the scenes of Seuss's most beloved reading primers: The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, and Fox in Socks. Seuss published all four of these books in less than a decade (1957-1965), and here we are, still reading them today.

Unit 2. Horton Goes to War!

In this unit, we'll be reading The King's Stilts, Horton Hatches the Egg, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Yertle the Turtle, and The Butter Battle Book and digging deep into Seuss's thoughts on World War II and the Cold War. Teddy G had him some opinions, and he's not shy about sharing them. He just happens to do it in the form of classic children's literature.

Unit 3. The Many Opinions of Dr. Seuss

By reading The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, The Sneetches and Other Stories, The Lorax, and Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!, you'll get deeper into the mind of this brilliant man than you ever thought possible. But don't worry, we'll end on a not-so-heavy note, and leave you with the last book Seuss wrote before he died: Oh, the Places You'll Go! Because, Shmoopers, we know you're going places.

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  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • Humanities
    • Literature

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