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Guided Reading Strategies with Henry and Mudge

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Guided Reading Strategies with Henry and Mudge

Grades 1 – 3
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Vanessa Udry

Tolono, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English



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In this lesson, students read Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night as a whole group. During the whole group instruction, the teacher introduces the story and models a questioning strategy. In later sessions, students apply the questioning strategy they have learned and reread for fluency. An extension describes how students can get additional practice with the strategy in small guided-reading groups. While this lesson focuses on Henry and Mudge books, other books can also be used.

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Henry and Mudge Questions Interactive: Students use this interactive to guide them through the question writing process.

Sample Questions for Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night: Sample quesitons and answers provided for teaching about questioning in the book.


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Reading comprehension in early readers is influenced by the fluency of their reading, as well as their use of effective comprehension strategies. Young readers who are given explicit instruction in comprehension strategies can apply those strategies to new texts, improving their comprehension. Reading fluency also impacts comprehension. Rereading can help to improve reading fluency in young readers and allow opportunity for independently applying comprehension strategies they have learned through direct instruction.


Further Reading

Harvey, Stephanie. "Bringing the Outside World In." School Talk 5.2 (January 2000): 1.

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Farstrup, Allen E. and S. Jay Samuels (2002). What Research Has to Say About Reading Instruction.  Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

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