Here are some suggested questions to ask children while reading at home. These will help readers develop their reading and thinking skills. They will also help readers gain a greater understanding of the texts they encounter since they will more likely become immersed in the experience. The more immersed we are while reading, the greater the enjoyment!

Why do you think the author chose this title?

How has the author created suspense?

Can you identify where the character changes his thoughts?

What do you think will happen next?

How do you know this character was feeling ….? Find two pieces of evidence.

What does this description reveal about the character?

How do you know this character was feeling ….?

Why did the author use arrows / bold writing / underline / colour?

Where will you find an index?

What information will you find in a glossary?

Which part of the text provides specific details about ….?

Why did the author choose to open with a question?

What do the following words tell you about ….?

Why do you think this is an effective way to describe ….?

Which words or phrases create suspense?

Who is your favourite character and why?

What in your opinion is the most exciting part of this story? Explain why?

Why do you think the author chose to use short sentences in this part of the story?

What can we learn from this story? Is their a moral message?

How does the text compare to other books that you have read by the same author?

What genre best describes this story?

What type of text is this? How do we know?


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