Reading Questions for Before a Book
There are many questions you could ask before you even read the book. Sometimes, I want to know what my students know about a topic before we dive into the book. I may want to introduce new vocabulary that will be unknown to them. To avoid confusion, I introduce the vocabulary before we read. Other times, I may want to know how the illustrations make them feel or what it makes them think. Here’s a few questions you can ask before you begin reading a text:
- How does the cover make you feel?
- Who do you see on the cover?
- What do you think the story will be about?
- How do you know that?
- Have you ever _____ (insert whatever they say about what they think will happen)?
- Do you think this story will be fiction or nonfiction? How can you tell that from the cover?
- What’s your prediction?
Questions to Ask During Reading a Book
- What do you think will happen next?
- Where do you think they will go now?
- What should he/she do next?
- What would you do?
Questions to Ask After Reading a Book
After the book, if you want students to think in a certain way, you can ask questions to help guide the discussion in that way. Depending on your skill that you are working on you may use some of these:
- Explain what do you think the author’s purpose for writing the book was?
- Where was the setting?
- What happened at the beginning? Middle? Ending?
- What did you like about it (favorite part)?
- What did you dislike about the book (least favorite part)?
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