Theodor Seuss Geisel: Otherwise Known as Dr. Seuss: Passage and Questions

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Theodor Seuss Geisel.....A.K.A. Dr. Seuss. This pack includes a short close reading passage about the famous author. It is a high interest and filled with fun facts, such as what a pen name is, how he became known as Dr. Seuss even though he doesn't have a doctorate degree, his first and last children's books published, and lots more. It is a positive passage and helps share some of his accomplishments.

Please click on the preview above to get a better idea of what is included.

**** See below that I have submitted this passage to attorneys representing Seuss Enterprises and received approval that this pack does not infringe on any trademarks. ****

Did you know that Dr. Seuss's birthday is March 2nd? That's also the day designated by the National Education Association to celebrate Read Across America. It's a perfect day to include this activity into your lesson plans.

Although I included lots of facts, there are many others you could talk about that I did not include, such as bringing in additional facts about his political cartoons during war time.


IMPORTANT---- I offer this SAME passage in two different formats. This particular passage is formatted as a full page passage. It is the exact same passage and similar questions just formatted differently from the interactive notebook version.

If you would like to purchase the interactive notebook version with 6 text-based questions that go along with the passage, click HERE. You can then read the description to see which format works best for you.


This passage was written with 4th graders in mind, but it can be used with more advanced third graders or weaker fifth grade readers. Please use your best judgement.

NOTE: The trademarked names Dr. Seuss and Read Across America are used in commentary (explanation), as they could not otherwise be described if the names were not used. No logos or trademarked images have been used, only a textual reference. Use of the names does not imply sponsorship or endorsement, as their use falls under nominative fair use. There is no capitalization being made on "consumer confusion", as there is no claim being made to the names, they are simply included to tell about the history and facts surrounding the topic. I am simply reporting about someone and not claiming to be someone or to represent the companies. The names are a point of reference and are not intended to claim ownership of the name. The only way to write an informational/biography article about Theodor Seuss Geisel and his life is to include the use of those names. To the best of my knowledge, the facts included are accurate, and of course this is through my own research. I hope you have fun reading about his exciting life.

I have a statement saying this passage and graphics do not infringe on the trademark mentioned above. For questions, feel free to contact me.

What's included?

This pack includes a one page reading passage that should help students better understand facts about the famous author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss.

In addition to the passage, there are about 9 questions. One is on the definition of a pen name, and asking about the different pen names Theodor Geisel used. Another one is about explaining what National Read Across American Day is and when it is celebrated, and then many others.

An answer key is also provided.

PLEASE.... if you have any questions about the questions asked, what the passage includes, or anything else, just send me a message before you buy. :-) I will be glad to try and answer those.


In addition to doing this activity as a whole group reading lesson, you could also have students do it during a literacy center. Feel free to use it in your classroom however you would like.

**PLEASE... if you see any typos, send me a message before you rate the product. I can usually have corrections made very quickly. Thank you ahead of time.


Take a look at all of my close reading passages and activities by clicking HERE


21 Passages and Questions


Columbus Day
Earth Day
Cindo De Mayo
Theodor Seuss Geisel – Also known as Dr. Seuss
Test Taking Tips
St. Patrick’s Day
Millions Watch the Super Bowl
Presidents’ Day
Dental Health Month
Groundhog Day
Valentine’s Day
New Year’s (Superstitions and New Year’s )
Martin Luther King, Jr.
New Year’s Resolutions
Chinese New Year
Christmas Traditions at the White House
Halloween and Candy Corn Poem
The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving
Veterans Day
Memorial Day

***All topics come with a passage, questions, and answer key.

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