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Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

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Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Junius Wright

Junius Wright

Charleston, South Carolina


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1957)

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Plot Diagram

Grades   1 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.


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  • Arrange for students to see the illustrations in the book as it is being read aloud. Because the images figure in their analysis of the book, seeing the illustrations is vital. If possible, check out multiple copies of the text from your local public library and have small groups share the book as you read it. The books will come in handy as students analyze the text during later sessions as well.

  • Make appropriate copies of the handouts for the students.

  • If desired, make overheads of the handouts in order to model for the students.

  • Test the Venn Diagram and Plot Diagram tools on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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