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Seuss and Silverstein: Posing Questions, Presenting Points

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Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Ridley Park, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


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Literary Elements Map

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Literary Elements Map

Students can map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution as prewriting for their own fiction or as analysis of a text by another author in this secondary-level interactive.


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1. Use the following websites to find biographies of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein that you can share with your students.

  • Dr. Seuss National Memorial at the Quadrangle
    This is the website for the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield, Massachusetts. Visitors to this website can read a biography of Dr. Seuss and learn more about his art and writing habits. This site is a good source of information for teachers and secondary students interested in learning more about Dr. Seuss as an author and illustrator.

  • Shel Silverstein Official Site for Kids
    This website features a biography, bibliography, and ideas for teachers and parents using Shel Silverstein's work.

2. Gather a selection of books and short stories by Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. Suggested titles for high school students are listed in the Books and Short Stories by Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.

3. Prepare to gather students into groups of four to five, and print out a Seuss/Silverstein Presentation Rubric for each group.

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