The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
First published August 12, 1971
Plot Description: The Lorax is a magical creature that speaks for the trees. He appears one day to beg the Once-ler to cease his business of chopping down trees, for they are important. The Once-ler does not listen to the Lorax, but instead continues to grow his business and chopping down Truffula Trees until they and all the wildlife are gone. This is a great book to introduce children to the importance against pollution and keeping our earth healthy.
Quantitative Reading Level: 3.1
Qualitative Reading Analysis: Moderately to Very Complex due to the time jumping between the Once-ler telling the story and the story itself, as well as complex/original language create by Dr. Seuss that is not readily known and the underlying hidden concept of protecting the Earth that develops throughout the story.
Content Area: History/Social Science, Science
CC Content Area Standard: HSS 10.3, HSS 10.11, LS 3.3, LS 4.3, LS 6.5, ES 6.6
Curriculum Lesson Plans: http://www.lessonplanet.com/article/social-studies/lesson-plans-for-the-lorax-by-dr-seuss
Other Fun Resources:
- Characters – Lorax,Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba-loots, Humming-Fishes
- The Lorax’s Save the Trees Game – http://www.seussville.com//games/lorax/
- Seussville – http://www.seussville.com
- The Lorax Project in the Classroom – http://www.seussville.com/Educators/lorax_classroom/educatorlorax_discuss.php
- 1984 Pulitzer Prize
- 3 Academy Awards