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Dr. Seuss Was Not a Doctor

Who was Theo Lesieg?

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Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • penname: a made up name that an author sometimes uses
  • maiden name: a woman’s last name before marriage
  • nerd: a person who seems overly intellectual and/or socially awkward
  • honorary: earned without the usual requirements

Dr. Seuss Was Not A Doctor

Dr. Seuss, one of the world’s best-known children’s story , was not a doctor. He did, however, receive an honorary doctorate from Dartmouth University in 1956. The writer’s penname “Seuss” came from his mother’s maiden name. some stories, Dr. Seuss’s father wanted him to be a doctor. The writer’s real name was Theodor Geisel, and he also wrote under Theo Lesieg, which was his last name . In addition to making up many names for himself, Dr. Seuss invented many words. While many of his made-up words, the word “nerd” is one that has stood the test of time. The first recorded of the word “nerd” was in Dr. Seuss’s book “If I Ran the Zoo”.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who was Dr. Seuss?
  2. What was his real name?
  3. What did Dr. Seuss like to invent?

Discussion Questions: Do you think that famous people deserve honorary degrees from universities? Why or why not?

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