Ways to help your child develop his/her understanding of a story.
Questions that ask children to describe, sequence or retell the story:
- What was the setting?
- Who were the main characters?
- What was the main character like?
- What happened at the beginning/middle/end of the story?
- What was the problem and solution in the story?
Questions that ask children to make Text-to-Self/Text-to-Self Connections:
- How does the story compare with the story we read last time?
- How does this story compare to other stories?
- How does this story compare to my life?
Questions that ask children to use information
- Are you like any of the characters? How?
- How would you have handled the problem in the story?
- Has anything like this ever happened to you?
- Do you know someone like the main character?
Questions that get children wondering:
- What would have happened if the ending of the story was different?
- What do you think the character was thinking or feeling?
Questions that ask children to give their opinion:
- What do you think of the characters?
- Do you think the character did the right thing? Why or why not?