Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss


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By Deborah Childress

Green Eggs and Ham came about when a publisher bet Dr. Seuss that he could not make a book using fifty or fewer different words. Green Eggs and Ham is a classic example of how Dr. Seuss used expression, rhyming words, and repetition to produce so many of his classic stories for children.

Possible strategy instruction:

  • C: Make a picture or mental image.
  • A: Use the pictures.
  • A: Recognize words at sight.
  • F: Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody.
  • F: Read the text as the author would say it, conveying the meaning or feeling.
  • E: Use pictures, illustrations, and diagrams.
  • E: Use prior knowledge and context to predict and confirm meaning.

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