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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


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Samantha Wells

November 06, 2014

This was GREAT! I adapted it for my sophomore literature class while reading Oedipus. We added a little of the Oedipus complex in it and analyzed the characters of the play after the The Cat in the Hat activity. They LOVED it!!! Thank you so much!


Kelly Mogilefsky

May 16, 2013

Thank you so much for this lesson! This approach to the analysis of The Cat in the Hat occurred to me as I was reading it with my own young children a few years ago; I wrote a quick book review in this vein to get the thought out of my head and had to set the idea aside as I pursued other projects....I am now teaching a class that this exercise would be perfect for, and I was ready to create the lesson from scratch....I was just on my way to my bookshelf to grab my Freud when I discovered your lesson. What a great resource!! I can't wait to teach it this summer.


Diana Quirk

July 21, 2011

I have used this lesson to teach characterization. I am using it again to reinforce literary concepts we studied using a unit featuring the film Million Dollar Baby. My high school students (boys) really enjoy reconnecting with The Cat in the Hat. They also have fun psychanalyzing each other and the adults around them! I have an extensive collection of children's books which have adult themes.


Brenda Calder

May 25, 2010

Great lesson. I've used it three times now. This time I changed the Psychoanalysis Chart to represent exposition, rising action, climax, and falling action/resolution instead of beginning, middle, end. This more closely matches the plot diagram on the plot analysis chart.
We also always get into a discussion about the mother. Are these latchkey children because Mom has to go to work? Is she being self-centered and going shopping? Or is she doing something less savory? (H.S. students will go there.)



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