How to talk with your child about what they are reading.
Below you will find a list of possible questions to help you with conversations about your child's reading. They are not intended to be used all at once or every time you discuss their reading. Use them at your discretion and where they are appropriate.
Questions to ask before your child reads:
- Why did you pick this book?
- What makes you think this is a "just right" book for you?
- What characters do you think might be in your story?
- Do you think there will be a problem in this story? Why or why not?
- Does the topic/story relate to you or our family? How?
Questions to ask while your child is reading:
- What do you think will happen next?
- What can you tell me about the story so far?
- Can you predict how the story will end? or what will happen next?
- Why do you think the character did ______?
- What would you have done if you were the character?
- How would you have felt if you were the character? (use different characters)
- What pictures do you see in your head?
- As you read, what are you wondering about?
- Can you put what you've just read in your own words?
Questions to ask after reading:
- Can you remember the title?
- In your opinion, was it a good title for this book? Why or why not?
- Were your predictions about the story correct?
- If there was a problem, did it get solved? How?
- Why do you think the author wrote the book?
- What is the most important point the author is trying to make in his writing?
- What was your favorite part of the book? Why?
- If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be? Why?
- Can you retell the story in order?
- If you were _____ , how would yo have felt?
- Is there a character like you in the story? How are you alike?