These exercises will help you to get a deeper understanding of the book.
Read the book, and then answer the questions that follow either in your book or together with your class.
- If you had to choose one word to describe how you feel about the story, what would it be?
- Make a list of adjectives that describe Horton.
- Make a list of adjectives that describe the Whos.
- What do you think of The Wickersham Brothers, Vlad Vlad-i-koff and the Sour Kangaroo?
Explore narrative features
- What are some of the unexpected things that happen to Horton?
- How does he respond?
Stories involve a beginning where we are introduced to important elements of the story.
- Describe the beginning of Horton Hears a Who! What important things do we learn in the first few lines?
- What is the message of this book? Explain.
Without Horton, the Whos would be in serious trouble.
- Is this a serious book? Explain with examples.
Find some other books by Dr Seuss in the school or local library.
- Does he have a recognisable style?
- Are there elements that all of his books share? (Consider drawing style as well as rhythm, rhyme and nonsense words.)
- Create your own Dr Seuss-inspired character. Describe the character in words and draw its picture.
A fresh look at our world
For this exercise you need a magnifying glasses. It's time to explore the world 'up close'!
Take the magnifying glass and look around, either inside your classroom or outside in the playground.
- What did you discover that they haven’t seen or noticed before?
- What familiar things look quite different from up close?
If you have a microscope or a telescope, you could also look at things very close and far away...
You have completed this module. Now it's time to watch the film...