Before reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, I could use the conversation on civic-responsibility inspired by Margaret Mead to explore the idea that change begins with a single person or small group. Many young people believe their own actions don’t really make difference. After having this discussion and reading the story, I can mention the line from Seuss stating, “Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” This would be a perfect text to read around Earth Day or in conjunction with a science unit on the environment.
Level: Elementary English/Language Arts
Subject Area: American literature
Author: Tiffany Heitman