What better time to explore a famous poem, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” than during December, which leads up to “the season of giving”? This delightful poem introduces The Grinch, one of Dr. Seuss’ most memorable characters, and give us much to ponder regarding the true meaning of Christmas. This unit can be used with or without the film version; complete text included.
Some positive themes that can be dealt with using this poem are love, family, community, good vs. evil, sacrificing, giving to others, choices, materialism vs. spiritualism, faith, conscience, and overcoming bullying. Appropriate for spiritual as well as public classes.
This packet includes over twenty pages of teacher notes, graphic organizers and double-entry journals for use in reading and analyzing the poem. Topics include story elements (character, setting, plot, theme, author’s styles), conflict situations, literal vs. figurative understanding, making inferences, developmental writing modes, quotation analyses, comparison to other literature, as well as a final unit assessment. A power point presentation in the ExC-ELL format on the term "grinch" is also a part of this unit. Material is scaffolded and differentiated: teacher determines amount of notes to be teacher-presented or handed out. Teacher can also extend final assessment to include essay answers as well as short-answer responses. Time duration depends on level of learners, 1-2 weeks. Yours in time for the holidays from Paradise Unlimited New England!