Mother Goose Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins


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In Mother Goose Bruce, fun text and delightful illustrations by Ryan Higgins serve as a backdrop to teach and reinforce many reading strategies. 

Possible strategy instruction:

  • C: Check for understanding. 
  • C: Make and adjust predictions; use text to confirm
  • C: Make a picture or mental image.
  • C: Recognize literary elements (genre, plot, character, setting problem/resolution, theme).
  • A: Use the pictures for a clue.
  • A: Flip the sound (migration, tacky, fancy, recipes, local)
  • A: Chunk the letters and sounds together (unwelcome, internet, ingredients). 
  • F: Adjust and apply different reading rates to match text.
  • F: Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody (end marks, commas, etc.).
  • E: Tune in to interesting words and use new words in speaking and writing (drizzled, organic, annoying, pesky, stern, stubborn).


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