The Lorax, written by Dr. Seuss in 1971, focuses on environmentalism and the consequences of increasing industrialization. Published the same year as the founding of green peace, this children’s story marks the beginning of the environmental movement. Using colorful and animated characters, Seuss personifies big industry in an entrepreneur, the Once-ler, and the stereotypical environmentalist in the Lorax. The Lorax is a mysterious character who attempts to protect animals’ habitats from the Once-ler's destructive and greedy actions. The message Seuss portrays about the detrimental effects of environmental apathy is one that resounds strongly still in today’s world and we think it is a great book to teach students of all ages about the power they have to make a difference in our world and our environment.
- Students will understand the symbolism of both main characters
- Students will analyze the environmentalist theme of the story
- Students will discuss parallels from the story to our own society
- Students will understand the interconnectedness of elements of the natural environment
- Students will search for potential solutions to the growing problems represented in the story