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Dr. Seuss Teaches You to Write: Flexible Schedule

In this 9 week flexible course, your student will read/listen to 9 Dr. Seuss books to learn storytelling elements from one of the greatest children's writers of all time.
Janelle Fila
883 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 12 learners
No live meetings
Over 9 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times


Sun, Dec 18

Dec 18, 2022 – Feb 18, 2023 (9 weeks)
Flexible Time
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

Week One: Place and time tells us the physical location and year/era the story takes place. Most of the Dr. Seuss books are set in fantastical places and whimsical worlds. How would Horton Hears a Who be different if it was set in a zoo in NYC or in a South American jungle? What if Mulberry Street was an actual street in your town?

Week Two: Setting takes the story's "place" to a deeper level. Setting is important because it is a more descriptive look at areas like the Grinch's cave and the house where you might find a wocket in your pocket. 
Week Three: The protagonist is the main character. Stories generally only have one main character. This character has a specific want or goal that he/she works on trying to achieve throughout the story. 

Week Four: The antagonist is the main villain. A lot of Seuss books have imaginary animals and made up creatures as the villains. We will talk about students' favorite villains and what makes these characters so compelling. 
Week Five: Secondary characters are not less important than main characters! In Dr. Seuss books, often the main character has a team of friends to help solve the story's main problem. How do these characters add to the story? How would the story be different without these groups of supporting characters? 

Week Six: This week the focus is on silly rhymes. I encourage the students to make up funny (sometimes nonsense) characters like the Nooth Grush on the tooth brush. 

Week Seven: Tongue twisters are hard to read but fun to hear! We will explore the world of Fox in Socks and the Tweetle Beetles and see how many of our own wacky, confusing stories we can create. 

Week Eight: Whoppers, tall tales, fairy tales, and fables all revolve around exaggeration. This week we will practice writing wildly imaginative stories that turn "minnows into whales." 

Week Nine: Dr. Seuss' writing can be funny and full of laughter. This week I will remind the students of everything we've learned so far and focus on putting it all together in a story.
I have a Master's degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults. During grad school, I read a lot of picture books, but no one can compare to the master, Dr. Seuss. There is so much valuable information to be learned from him about storytelling. As a child, I grew up reading about the Sneeches, the Lorax, and Marvin K. Mooney. I believe a lot of my creative abilities come from reading these books as a child. I hope to pass on my love for Dr. Seuss and use students' enthusiasm for his books to teach writing and grammar in a fun and engaging way. 
Students are assigned a weekly writing assignment and daily puzzles, crafts, handouts, worksheets, questions, jokes or riddles. 
Students are not required to have any previous experience with Dr. Seuss. They do not need their own physical copy of Dr. Seuss books as I will read the books aloud in a video, although they are welcome to read their own books should they have a copy of the week's story. Students may want access to a printer to print out the handouts and a camera or scanner to upload any handwritten documents.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The more assignments that students post and the more creative writing that they share helps me to understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
In 2021, publishers announced they would stop printing some Dr. Seuss books for racially insensitive imagery. One of those books is And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, which shows the image of an Asian person wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks, and eating from a bowl. When I read this story, I skip over the line "a Chinese man who eats with sticks," but the students will still be exposed to the image. A second book affected is On Beyond Zebra. The students will be exposed to a character called the “Nazzim of Bazzim” which some consider a stereotype of a foreign culture (specifically the Arab/Muslim culture and religion). 
Dr. Seuss Reading List
Week One: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Week Two: The Cat in the Hat
Week Three: Horton Hatches an Egg
Week Four: The Lorax
Week Five: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Week Six: There's a Wocket in My Pocket
Week Seven: Fox in Socks
Week Eight: And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street
Week Nine: On Beyond Zebra


Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
883 total reviews
715 completed classes

About Me

I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and subject levels. 
This experience taught me that most kids enjoy... 
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