Ch 7: Teaching Beverly Cleary Books

About This Chapter

In this chapter you will review a series of short, engaging lessons about books authored by Beverly Cleary including books from the ''Ramona Quimby'' series, ''The Mouse and the Motorcycle'' and ''Dear Mr. Henshaw''. These lessons will serve as an invaluable resource as you plan your lessons and curriculum.

Teaching Beverly Cleary Books - Chapter Summary

The lessons of this chapter will provide you with a brief overview of some of the children's books written by Beverly Cleary and the themes she wrote into them. It also includes example lesson plans and activities you can use with your students as you teach them new reading and comprehension skills. The works covered in this chapter include:

  • Ramona the Pest
  • Ramona the Brave
  • Ramona & Her Father
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8
  • Henry Huggins
  • Henry & Ribsy
  • The Mouse & the Motorcycle
  • Runaway Ralph
  • Ralph S. Mouse
  • Dear Dr. Henshaw
  • Muggie Maggie

How It Helps

  • Encourages reading comprehension: In this chapter, you will be provided with techniques to improve and ensure your students' comprehension of various books.
  • Improves lesson plans: Some of these lessons will provide you will example lesson plans you may use to improve your current lesson plans.
  • Promotes student participation: A few of these lessons will provide you with new ideas about how to increase student participation through story related activities.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Assemble lesson plans for books authored by Beverly Cleary
  • Ask your students questions to determine how well they understand aspects of specific books
  • Improve student participation with story related activities

23 Lessons in Chapter 7: Teaching Beverly Cleary Books
Ramona the Pest Comprehension Questions

1. Ramona the Pest Comprehension Questions

Teachers, ''Ramona the Pest'' is a fun book that teaches students about the consequences of their actions. This lesson is categorized by chapter, and includes discussion questions to confirm students comprehended the reading.

Ramona the Brave Comprehension Questions

2. Ramona the Brave Comprehension Questions

Guide learning and assess understanding of the novel ''Ramona the Brave'' with these comprehension questions focusing on key literary elements such as plot, setting and characters.

Ramona & Her Father Comprehension Questions

3. Ramona & Her Father Comprehension Questions

This lesson contains higher-order reading comprehension questions based on the book Ramona and Her Father written by Beverly Cleary. You can use these questions in your classroom to test students' understanding of this book.

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 Comprehension Questions

4. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 Comprehension Questions

Teachers, utilize this lesson to confirm your students read the book and activate their critical thinking and analysis skills. This lesson may be used in a traditional classroom or an online environment.

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 Activities

5. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 Activities

''Ramona Quimby, Age 8'' explores a little girl's first day of 3rd grade. This lesson provides classroom activities to help students understand Ramona's experiences and correlate them to their own experiences and opinions.

Henry Huggins Comprehension Questions

6. Henry Huggins Comprehension Questions

Teachers, utilize this lesson to ensure your students read the book. Assign the critical thinking questions to further probe their interest and increase critical thinking skills.

Henry Huggins Lesson Plan

7. Henry Huggins Lesson Plan

Beverly Cleary novels like Henry Huggins are a great teaching tool for your students. Use this lesson plan to guide your students through the process of summarizing, then take a peek into other Cleary classics from the series. Finish with a hands-on activity.

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary: Summary & Series

8. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary: Summary & Series

This lesson will summarize one of Beverly Cleary's most popular books,''Henry Huggins.'' It will also discuss the other five books Cleary wrote about the main character, Henry, and his many adventures.

Henry & Ribsy Comprehension Questions

9. Henry & Ribsy Comprehension Questions

A struggling reader herself, Beverly Cleary overcame obstacles to become one of the most prolific children's authors in the last century. This lesson will provide higher-order comprehension questions for one of her most popular books: ''Henry and Ribsy''.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle Comprehension Questions

10. The Mouse and the Motorcycle Comprehension Questions

Teachers, utilize this lesson focused on 'The Mouse and the Motorcycle' to ensure students' comprehension in-class or online. Assign 'It's All About What You Think' questions to further enhance their critical thinking skills.

The Mouse & The Motorcycle Comprehension Questions

11. The Mouse & The Motorcycle Comprehension Questions

Teaching with Beverly Cleary books is a smart way to introduce young readers to comprehension skills. This lesson provides questions for The Mouse and the Motorcycle that determine important literary elements like plot points, characters, and setting.

Runaway Ralph Comprehension Questions

12. Runaway Ralph Comprehension Questions

Teachers, utilize this lesson to ensure students read the book. Assign It's All About What You Think questions to further probe their comprehension and challenge their critical thinking skills.

Ralph S. Mouse Comprehension Questions

13. Ralph S. Mouse Comprehension Questions

This lesson will provide two sets of questions to give students reading 'Ralph S. Mouse.' The first is to ensure students comprehended the book. The second further probes their critical thinking skills.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle Activities for Kids

14. The Mouse and the Motorcycle Activities for Kids

Beverly Cleary's book, 'The Mouse and the Motorcycle', is a great story about the friendship between a boy and a mouse. Written for middle elementary readers, the book lends itself to several fun and interesting activities to keep students engaged.

Dear Mr. Henshaw Lesson Plan

15. Dear Mr. Henshaw Lesson Plan

Are your students reading the beloved novel 'Dear Mr. Henshaw?' Teach and reinforce the skill of inferring and test students' comprehension. Included are a summary of Leigh's letters and journal entries and an explanation of the writing style. Guide learning with questioning, then apply with an activity.

Dear Mr. Henshaw Summary

16. Dear Mr. Henshaw Summary

Beverly Cleary's novel 'Dear Mr. Henshaw' is the story of the unlikely friendship between Leigh Botts and his favorite author Mr. Henshaw. Through a series of letters and journal entries, we watch this relationship form.

Dear Mr. Henshaw Comprehension Questions

17. Dear Mr. Henshaw Comprehension Questions

Asking guiding questions before, during, and after reading is a smart way to engage students with comprehension. This lesson outlines questions on varying levels focusing on plot, characters, and setting.

Dear Mr. Henshaw Activities

18. Dear Mr. Henshaw Activities

Reinforce skills and connect learning topics, by using these fun activities, as you read the novel Dear Mr. Henshaw. These activities are for students on all levels using materials you already have in your classroom.

Dear Mr. Henshaw Discussion Questions

19. Dear Mr. Henshaw Discussion Questions

'Dear Mr. Henshaw' is a Newberry Award-winning children's book by Beverly Cleary about a boy's letters to his favorite author over a four-year period. This asset provides discussion questions about this book.

Muggie Maggie Comprehension Questions

20. Muggie Maggie Comprehension Questions

Reading the Beverly Cleary novel Muggie Maggie with students? Then this lesson is perfect for you! It provides comprehension questions to accompany the book that assess important elements such as main plot points, characters, and setting.

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary Activities

21. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary Activities

'Henry Huggins' is a fun book written by Beverly Cleary about a boy and a dog. Students will have a great time reading about Henry's adventures with Ribsy. Use the activities below to make learning even more fun.

Henry and Ribsy Activities

22. Henry and Ribsy Activities

'Henry and Ribsy' is an exciting book by Beverley Cleary about the adventures of a boy and his dog. Use the activities below to make reading this book even more fun for students.

Muggie Maggie Activities

23. Muggie Maggie Activities

'Muggie Maggie' is an endearing book by Beverly Cleary about a girl who refuses to learn cursive. Use the activities in this asset to help make an already fun book even more interesting for young readers.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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