Questions to Ask Your Child After Reading a Fiction or Nonfiction Text

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Dear Parents/Guardians:

Once your child has finished reading a story/book, please try having him/her complete a few questions/tasks from the appropriate list below.  This will help to ensure that your child understood his/her book/story.

Comprehension Questions/Tasks for Fiction Books/Stories

Comprehension Questions/Tasks for Nonfiction Books/Stories

*Give me a brief summary of the story. (What was the story about?)

*Tell me the main idea or main lesson from this story.

*What was ___’s (character) purpose when he/she ___ (action) in the story. Use details from the story in your answer.

*Name two reasons why (name 2-3 characters from the story) agree or disagree about ____. What is your opinion about this issue?

*Using details from the story, name two character traits that describe ___ (name of character).

*Use details from the story to describe the relationship between ___ and ___ (characters from the story).

*Describe ___’s actions in the story. How does this person’s actions affect the story’s ending?

*Come up with another title for this story, and explain why it is a good title for the story.

*What does ___ (sentence) mean in this book? How do you know?

How are ___ and ___ different? How are they the same?

*What is this book/story about? What do you think the author wanted you to learn from reading it?

*What’s the main idea from this book? Use details from the text to explain why this is the main idea.

*Explain how ___ works. How do you know?

*Name at least 2 characteristics of ___. Use details from the book in your answer.

*Name at least 2 text features used in this book. Explain how these text features supported your understanding of the text.

*Name three ways the text says ___ can happen.

*Explain the process of ___. Use details from the book to support your answer.

*What would happen if the steps in ___ (process) happened out of order?

*What does ___ (vocabulary word) mean? How do you know?

*What does ___ (phrase or sentence from the text) mean? How do you know?

*What caused ___ to happen?

*What effect did ___ have on ___?