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Dr. Seuss for Middle and High School??? Yes!

March 7, 2014

My post is late for Read Across America 2014. Many schedules, including mine, have recently changed based on our strange and treacherous winter weather. But I thought this resource was worth the mention even though it is late….and everyday is a good day to read.

I’ve had ongoing discussions with my  pre-service secondary teachers for years on the value of read alouds, picture books, and children’s  literature in the middle and high school classroom. Many say they  just do not have time with so much content to teach. My response is, “We don’t NOT have time to engage our students, connect what we teach to everyday life, build meaningful relationships, and sometimes just have fun.

I am always on the lookout for resources to share with students and for others who agree with my perspective, so I was delighted when I read yesterday’s post on The Learning Network: Teaching and Learning with the New York Times

March 6, 2014, 3:59 pm

Serious Silliness: High School Reading and Writing Inspired by Dr. Seussdr-seuss

By AMANDA CHRISTY BROWN and KATHERINE SCHULTEN

This week marks the 110th anniversary of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birth, and the 17th annual Read Across America event that celebrates the day.

Though many consider the self-made “doctor”— who, in fact, was a poet, cartoonist, author and illustrator — the “finest talent in the history of children’s books,” his work is not exactly a staple of the high school curriculum.

Below, we suggest some places for the cat in the hat, green eggs and ham, Horton, the Sneetches and Mulberry Street in your secondary English classroom

Click here to read the full post and discover the myriad of resources.

Enjoy.

Linda

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