Comprehension Strategies for Successful Reading
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- What is the title of this book? Who is the author and /or illustrator?
- How do you know if this books is fiction or nonfiction?
- How did the story start? How did it end? What happened in the middle?
- Can you retell the story in order of events?
- Where is the story set? How do you know?
- What is the genre of this story? How do you know this?
- Who is telling the story?
- Who are the important characters? How did their actions affect the story?
- What is the conflict or problem the characters must resolve? How do they do this?
- What will happen next? How do you know?
- Do you think the characters will have to face any problems/conflicts? How do you know?
- What do you think will happen at the end of the story? What makes you think this?
- How accurate were your predications?
- What do you think will happen if… ?
- What do you think the characters are feeling or thinking?
- What is the character going to do next? How will their actions effect the story?
- Why do you think the author chose to write this story? (For example, was it to inform, entertain persuade, etc?)
- What message was the author trying to convey? How do you know?
- Why do you think the author chose the setting of the story?
- What do you think of the title? Did the author make a good choice? Why?
- What is the main idea of the story?
- What happened in the story? Can you tell me what happened in order?
- What do you think was the most important part of the story? Why?
- Did something happened that changed the outcome of the story? Did you expect this?
- What was the character’s mission? How did they achieve it?
- Why did the character make this choice? Could they have made a better choice?
Comprehension & Discussion Games
- Does the story to character remind you of anyone?
- Does this book remind you of any other books you have read?
- How did the story make you feel and why?
- Did you learn anything from this story that you can use in your own life?
- Does that sound right?
- Does it make sense?
- Do the illustrations help you understand the story?
- What parts of the story didn’t you understand? Go back and reread to make sense.
- If you don’t understand something what strategies could you use to help?
- Why did you stop reading?
What was the message of the story?
- What was the main feeling in the story (eg was it happy, sad)? How do you know this?
- Why did the character choose to do _______? Why?
- Did you agree when the character chose to ______?
- Tell me about some of the emotions the characters experience.
I hope these questions will help build your child’s understanding and confidence when discussing books. Let me know what questions you ask when reading with your child.
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