Sunday, March 13, 2011

Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

Title: Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Author: Dr. Seuss
Copyright: 1990, Random House, INC.,
New York.

Grade Level:
any age
Theme: Success

This book is a graduation speech by Dr. Seuss. He talks about the ups and downs in life and how now you're on you're own and you decide where to go. You'll soon reach great heights, and see great things, and soon enough you'll take the lead. Basically the author is telling the reader that he or she will indeed succeed in life. This is the last book published by Dr. Seuss before his death.

Pre-reading Activity:
Talk about different careers and jobs. Have volunteers come in and talk about what they do. Invite parents to come in and listen or share their experiences.

Post-reading Activity:
Talk about and read some of the other books writen by Dr. Seuss. Talk about their similarities and differences. Create your own rhyming Dr. Seuss book.

The first tiem I read this book was during my student teaching. One of the teachers had this book and her parents gave it to her upon her graduation. I thought it was the sweetest thing and I thought the message in the book was great. It was such an inspiring book to me. I feel like this book is directed towards an older audience, instead of younger children, like most of the other books ariten by Dr. Seuss are. It's a great book to give to someone for any occasion really, and it can be such a nice gesture. After reading the book, I reminded myself of my graduation and wished someone would have given me this book for my graduation : )  -hint hint-

About the Author:
Theodore Seuss Geisel, also known as Ted by his family and friends is

 . When talking to the media, Dr. Seuss was always more focused on telling a good story, instead of the true story. He published his cartoons in his schools newspaper, where he first signed his work as "Seuss". He graduated from Dartmouth, and also went to Oxford where he studied literature. One of his friends, Helen Palmer looked at his notebook one day and told him he was crazy enough to want to be a professor, and that he should draw. So he married Helen and he went to the US and became a cartoonist. He believed that all children should be treated with respect, and he believed in treating kids as adults.

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”


1 comment:

  1. So many books that you have included in your blog have played a huge role in my life growing up. Classic children's books and authors really make it fun to be a teacher to pass on the joy they bring to the students. This particular story holds a spot in my heart because it has popped up many times in my life. My aunt gives this book to every new mommy having their first child and it is very fitting. Senior year of high school I had to write a speech for graduation because I was class president, and I wanted to have the best closing line to leave with my peers. I decided to use the last few lines of this story and it really made sense and they loved it. This story can be used to inspire students any time of year!