“You’re a Mean One” Mr. Grinch!!

I bet you’re singing the song right now! Who can resist the song about the creature we all love to revile! This song appeals to young and old alike. My favorite line to sing aloud is:

“The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote
‘Stink, stank, stunk!’

The deep bass vocals of Thurl Ravenscroft somehow make the song so delicious to sing aloud. The combination of vocals and lyrics makes this a holiday classic for sure.

I was wondering how I could have my high school English classes revisit this classic. I knew that many of them have seen the original Suess animation and the updated movies starring Jim Carrey.

I also knew I wanted them to discover the many literary devices in the song.

I created 4 different literacy centers: WRITE IT! DRAW IT! SCULPT IT! BUILD IT!

The center’s activities focus on hands-on explorations. There are 3 activities for each center.

In the WRITE IT! center, for example, students can write a letter of advice to the Grinch.

In the SCULPT IT! center, for example, students can sculpt 2 figures of speech present in the song. Remember, figures of speech include similes, metaphors, idioms, etc

These are just 2 of the 12 activities in this literacy center.

Students need a break from their screens. They need to become reacquainted with working with their hands.

If you’d like to learn more about these creative activities, click here!


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