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Teaching Can your heart grow three sizes? A doctor reads 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'

Can your heart grow three sizes? A doctor reads 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'

At the beginning of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the green, pot-bellied, feline-faced Grinch is a bitter, foul-tempered misanthrope whose heart is “two sizes too small.” In the middle of the story, he plots to steal all the Christmas gifts in Whoville and toss them from a cliff. At the end, having learned that stealing the presents does not destroy the Whos’ fellowship and joy, he begins to see the deeper meaning of the holiday. He has a change of heart, and when he returns their gifts, his heart grows three sizes.

Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University
The Conversation

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

What does 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' teach us about the heart?
STANDARDS:
RI.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RI.2 - Main Ideas

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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