Questions to Help Kids Read, Think and Write
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
builds empathy, allowing kids to walk a mile in someone else's shoes.
To help our kids become more active readers, one thing we can do is share our own process of thinking about our reading with them. However, sometimes children need a little guidance in thinking about what they've read themselves, especially if they're going to respond to it. Schools might ask that responses take the form of writing a book review, or a non-traditional alternative to a book report, and we can help kids tease out that response by encouraging them to ask and answer questions about their reading.
Here are some question examples to get you and your children/students started:
* Which book character would you want as your best friend?
* What if that character had been smaller/taller/braver (somehow different), how would that have impacted the story?
* What do we know so far about this character? How do we know that? What can we tell about this character from her actions? From what she says? From what others say about her?
* Does the main character change throughout the book? How?
* What book that you've read would you like to share with a five-year-old? Why? How did that book make you feel?
* Have you ever read a book where you didn't like the ending? Write to the author explaining why, and suggest a different ending.
* (At the end of a chapter or book in a series) What do you think might happen next? What might be another problem for the hero?
* Was there anything in this story that reminded you of something or someone you know?
* What was the funniest/scariest/most dramatic/most unforgettable part of the story?
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