ALEX Learning Activity

Seussical Satire

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

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Author: LaSheree Sanford-Davis
System:Birmingham City
School:Ramsay High School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1514
Seussical Satire
Digital Tool/Resource:
Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches Full Version
Web Address – URL:

This learning activity uses a Dr. Seuss video of "The Star-Belly Sneetches", a satire of discrimination between race and culture. In can serve as an eye-opening experience for students.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
6 ) Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement). [RL.11-12.6]

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to discuss an author's use of satire.
  • Students will be able to distinguish between what an author states directly and what an author means
  • Students will be able to understand how satire is used to make commentary about societal issues. 
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

  1.  Review the term satire.
  2.  Create small groups.
  3.  Have student groups choose a problem in society that the group feels needs to be brought to the attention of society in order for society to change    
  4. Show the video The Star-Belly Sneetches.
  5.  Have students discuss how the video uses satire to make commentary about society.
  6. Have student groups to use ToonDoo to create a comic strip which satirizes the societal ill the group chose.   
Assessment Strategies:

Use the attached rubric to evaluate the student's product and presentation.

Comic Strip Rubric

Advanced Preparation:

  • Review with the students the term satire and how it is used.
  • View the Video of The Star-Belly Sneetches.
  • Review how to use ToonDoo.
  • Print a copy of the rubric for each student.
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