Teaching Social Studies Reaction #4
The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss is a representation of a reality that is currently happening all over the world today. Through imagery and storytelling, the author explores the effects the advancement of the society has on the environment.
The book is ideal for a classroom social studies lesson. In addition to other social studies skills, it helps learners understand the importance of conserving the environment. It brings out the relationships between the society, science, technology, and the natural environment. The book is in the form of an uncomplicated yet vivid writing.
The story falls into the Science, Technology, and Society social studies strands. It explores the relationship between these three aspects and their impact on the natural environment. As all three aspects advance in skill and ability, the environment suffers more and more, yet no one does anything about it. Despite the positive aspects of technology and science, man is unable to harness the negative aspects of it, and this leads to environmental degradation.
With reference to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), this book can be used in a social-studies lesson to teach about the importance of positive cultural values that advocate for the preservation of the environment. It will instill a culture of responsibility in the learners. This book can also be used to explain the role of each and every human being in the conservation of the natural environment. This is regardless of whatever advances or progress in science and technology. Seuss finishes his story with the words, “If there is no one who is going to care then the environment will keep on deteriorating.”
Dr. Seuss is a world renowned author who has written over sixty children’s books. Other examples of his books include Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? and The Cat in the Hat Song Book.
Seuss, Dr. The Lorax. New York: Random House, 1971. Print.
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