What questions should I ask my child after reading?

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After your child has finished listening to or reading a book, it’s important to discuss what has been read. This will help your child with comprehension. It’s important that your child be able to tell what he or she read or listened to so that you know he or she is actually comprehending and not just word calling (saying the words without attaching meaning). Reading must consist of word reading and comprehension.

  1. Did your prediction match what you read? How do you know? Show me the proof in the text.
  2. What problem did the main character have? How was it solved? Show me the proof in the text.
  3. Summarize (tell about) the book.
  4. What new facts did you learn? Show me the proof in the text.
  5. Would you read another book by this author? Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why?

(Show me the proof in the text means to go back into the book and find the specific sentence and page number that answers the question. This has become a vital part of the reading curriculum in schools today.)

 

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