What do you get when you combine Dr. Seuss and Laura Numeroff? You get "If You Give a Kid a Red and White Striped Hat" 2-page comic strip story for students to illustrate. Your students will have fun imagining what this story looks like and making their own illustrations. There are plenty of things to talk about, too, including all the allusions to Dr. Seuss stories. Students can refer to these stories as they plan their illustrations. To make this a Literacy Center activity, you could place the required Dr. Seuss books in a basket along with this comic strip. Invite students to read each book with a partner or independently and then complete the comic. Another idea is to pair students and give each pair a Dr. Seuss book to read together. Then have each pair tell the whole class about their book and how it relates to the comic strip. The books you would need are: The Cat in the Hat, The Sneetches, Hop on Pop, The Lorax, Horton Hatches the Egg, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?, I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today, Yertle the Turtle, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
The ending leads to a new story for students to write. Encourage them to think of other allusions they can put into their stories.