Now that Common Core standards have taken over in the classroom, the questions students are answering about literature have changed dramatically. No more questions as simple as: Who is the main character? What is the setting? What is the problem and solution? Although I feel those questions are still quite valuable in determining whether the student understands the basics of a text, there are questions that are much more in depth that your students should also be able to answer. Below is a sample of fiction and non-fiction responses to text:
Responses to a Fiction Text
- Summarize what you read today. What were the most important events? Did you learn anything new about the characters?
- Is what you read believable? Why or why not?
- Pretend you are interviewing the main character. What two questions would you ask?
- Is there anything you would change in this story? What would it be? Why would you change it?
- Would you like to be a character in this story? Why or why not? Which character would you be and why?
Responses to Non-Fiction Text
- What is the main idea of the text you read?
- Why did the author probably write this selection? How do you know?
- How and where could you find out more information about the topic you read today? What else would you like to know about the topic?
- Were there any text features (graphs, pictures/captions, headings, vocabulary) that helped you better understand your reading? What were they and how did they help you?
- Did you find any interesting words while you were reading? What were they? Look up the definition of your words. Write the words in a sentences.