Excellent readers can link the quality text they are reading with real life outcomes and experiences; with stories you as parents have told them and with films they have seen.
Below are some questions linked to the above points. Every question doesn't have to be asked, each time your child reads, but they may prove to be useful to start a more focused discussion.
- What do you think will happen next?
- Who is your favourite character? Why?
- What has happened in the story so far?
- Find two things the author wrote about this character that made him / her likeable?
- Do you think the author intended you to like / dislike this character? How do you know?
- Who is the character you like least? Why?
- Does your opinion of this character change during the story? How? Why?
- If you met one of the characters from the story, what would you say to him / her?
- Would you change any of the characters? How?
- Which part of the story is your favourite / least favourite? Why?
- Would you change any part of the story? How?
- Which part of the story was the funniest/scariest/ saddest/ happiest?
- Find some evidence in the text to support your opinion.
- Pick three favourite words or phrases from this chapter. Can you explain why you chose them?
- Did this book make you laugh? Can you explain what was funny and why?
- Have you read anything else by this author? Is anything similar?
- Does this book remind you of anything else? How?
- What is the purpose of this book? How do you know?
- Why is this page laid out in this way? Could you improve it?
Teachers and Teaching Assistants ask these questions when delivering guided reading and or when listening to individual children read.