Many parents have asked over the years “How can I help my child become a better reader at home?” This is a great list of questions that you can ask your child about practically anything they are reading. This will not only help them build reading skills, but also improves comprehension and written expression as well! Please KEEP THIS ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR.
Finding Main Idea
Examples: What is the main idea of the paragraph? Chapter? Etc…
What is the chapter mostly about?
What would be a good title for this section?
Recalling Facts and Details
Examples: Which detail tells you __________?
Explain why ________ happened.
What details from the story tell you that?
Examples: What happened first?
What clue words tell you that event happened next or last?
After _______ happened, what happened next?
Recognizing Cause & Effect:
Examples: Which clue word signals the reason that _________ happened?
What caused ________ to happen?
What happened as a result of _________?
Comparing & Contrasting
Examples: How are _______ and ________ alike?
How are they different?
What characteristics or traits do they have in common?
Examples: What do you think will most likely happen next?
Predict what might happen if __________.
Finding Word Meaning in Context:
Which phrase gives a clue to the meaning of the word _________?
What is the best meaning of the word __________?
What would be a synonym or antonym for the word ___________?
Drawing Conclusions & Making Inferences:
Examples: From the story you can tell that _________?
(For this skill, take what the story says, put it with what you already know, and there you will have the answer.)
Which detail from the article helped you answer the question?
From what you have read, you can conclude that ___________?
Details from the story suggest that ___________.
Distinguishing between Fact & Opinion:
Examples: Which statement is a fact?
Which clue word signals an opinion?
Which of the statements can be proved?
Which of these statements tells what someone thinks or feels?
Identifying Author’s Purpose:
Examples: The author wrote the article mainly to __________?
(Generally there are three reasons for an author’s work: to inform, to persuade, or to entertain.)
The author’s main purpose of the chapter is to __________?
The author uses this writing format to ____________?
Interpreting Figurative Language:
Example: The moral of the story is ___________?
Which of these is a metaphor? Simile? Personification? Alliteration?
Which two things are being compared with figurative language?
Distinguishing between Real & Make-Believe:
Examples: Which of these could or could not really happen?
How do you know that this story is mostly real?
How do you know that this story is mostly make-believe?
Students will be expected to identify, read from, and describe distinguishing features of numerous genres. Poetry, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Biography, Autobiography, Fantasy, Mystery………
Adapted from Orange County Public Schools Site