• Build Your English Vocabulary With a Lovable Author

    Do you want to improve your English vocabulary or help your child grow her English vocabulary? Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss?  I grew up reading his books, and I still love sitting down to enjoy them with my students, nieces and nephews.  These rhyming stories have been translated to many different languages for people all over the world to adore.  Today, we’ll use an interesting rhyme about Dr. Seuss to learn new vocabulary.  By the end of this lesson, you’ll be able to wow your friends, colleagues, or your LOI English teacher with your new vocab!  Also, if you’re interested in improving your fluency, I would recommend reading the rhyme several times.  The first time, you can read it nice and slow, focusing on good pronunciation.  Then, the next few times, try picking up your speed.  After you complete the activity, try reading in time with the narrator for an extra challenge!  Also, in case you missed it, it’s not too late to try the 10 Day English Challenge, which has fun fluency lessons and a lot more!


    First, learn the English vocabulary:

    deduce (v): use reasoning to arrive at a conclusion.  After completing the experiment, they could deduce what a plant needs to grow.

    perplexingly (adv.): describes something as confusing.  She spoke perplexingly fast, so we couldn’t understand her.

    coined (v): invented.  I wonder who coined the phrase, ‘google it.’

    signature (n): a special characteristic that identifies someone.  My mom always wears the same perfume, so she has a signature scent.

    constraints (n): restrictions or limitations.  I want to live with no constraints. 

    descent (n): nationality.  His family is of Chilean descent.

    semblance (n): appearance.  Your drawing shows some semblance of the beach.

    acclaim (n): praise.  The author was happy because his book received a lot of acclaim.

    essence (n): the nature or quality of something.  Arguing with your siblings is the essence of childhood.

    Now Practice The English Vocabulary

    Now you try: Before watching the video, try filling in the vocabulary.  Then, play it to check your answers.  Finally, remember to do the fluency exercise mentioned above!

    There’s a structure to language we all learn when we’re young.

    A flow to the words that could almost be sung.

    Something most of us learned from the great Dr. Seuss

    With his chartreuse villains, rhythm reminiscent of Mother Goose.

    English Vocabulary Gap Fill:

    And his imaginative world, so (1)____________ abstruse,

    Told with a simplified language, even a kid could (2)______.

    His name was Theodore Geisel, the man who (3)______ the word ‘nerds’

    And wrote Green Eggs and Ham with just 49 words.

    He made reading a tool kids could finally enjoy,

    Not like Dick and Jane books, which would bore and annoy.

    In much of his work he used this literary trick.

    It’s a rhyming tetrameter that’s anapestic.

    Section 2 Gap Fill:

    It’s that (4)_________ style that’s always greeted with laughter.

    It’s just two unstressed syllables and one stressed syllable after.

    “And today the Great Yertel that marvelous he,

    Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see.”

    Studies show that that rhythm helps with core memorization

    And builds children’s confidence with classroom dictation.

    Some (5)___________ on a canvass’s language design

    Gives a structure to reading and a writing guideline.

    You could see all these kids were finally reading by choice,

    These stories told through the voice of Dr. Theodore Soiss.

    And yes, Soiss is correct.  He’s of German (6)_______.

    It’s just harder to say with an American accent.

    And the (7)_________ to Goose helped skyrocket his fame.

    Kids preferred saying Seuss, so he stuck with that name.

    But his (8)_______ wasn’t bound to just one single nation,

    His stories exported through the gift of translation.

    Section 3 Gap Fill:

    The books’ phrasing and language in which they were written

    Works perfectly fine in the US or Britain.

    But to reach out to the world in all of its culture,

    Hello’s not enough, you need ‘hola’ and ‘bonjour.’

    And not just the words, but the rhyme patterns too,

    Like poisson un, poisson deux, poisson rouge, poisson bleu.

    With designs in the hundreds all with distinct features,

    Translators worked hard to rename all these creatures.

    Translating them all with their (9)_______ intact,

    While preserving their fun had a major impact

    On the habits of reading of kids at young ages.

    There’re so many lessons in the words on these pages.

    BONUS English Vocabulary:

     Can you use the surrounding text and pictures to deduce what these words mean?

         10.  abstruse (adj):

         11.  chartreuse (adj):

    Listen to improve your English Vocabulary


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