One of the most popular PBS programs ever was The Political Dr. Seuss, which revealed how children’s author Theodor Geisel advocated social change, teaching generations of children not only how to be better readers but better people as well. On the Independent Lens Web site, you’ll find video clips from the program as well as two free, downloadable lessons that examine how the famed children’s author was influenced by the political and social issues of the day, including racism, injustice and especially World War II. Students can also examine how important ideas and themes are addressed in their own favorite books and analyze political cartoons, past and present. These lessons are directed toward grades 7–12 for use in the following subject areas: language arts, social studies, art and civics.

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