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Reading Comprehension

Children are encouraged to read 15 minutes or more every night (Parents of children who are just learning to read or younger can read to them). Have your child record what he/she read on the reading log in his/her pasting book (pasted on the inside cover). Parents, please sign it nightly.

In order to help your child build comprehension, ask two or three of the following questions after he/she has completed his/her reading tonight.
  • What is the main idea (most important idea) of this story?
  • What is the story mostly about?
  • Is there a part of the story that you would change? If so, how? Why?
  • What was the Setting of the story? (Where and when the story takes place)
  • If you could be a character in this story, who would you be? Why?
  • How did this story make you feel? Explain.
  • What did the character(s) do in the story?
  • Why did you choose the story?
  • What is the problem in the story?
  • How was/were the problem(s) solved?
  • Write freely about anything in the story.
  • Is there a character in the story that you would want to be? Why?
  • Is there a character in the story that you wouldn't want to be? Why?
  • What would be another good title for this story?
  • What would be another good ending for this story?
  • Why do you think that the author wrote this story?
  • List 3 events of this story in the order (sequencing) the events took place.
  • Find a cause and effect relationship in this story.
  • Find is a fact from the story. Explain why it is a fact.
  • What happened at the beginning (middle, end) of the story?
  • Find an opinion from the story. Explain why it is an opinion.
  • Take 3 vocabulary words from the story & record their definitions from the dictionary?
  • How is this story like another story you have read? (Text to text comparisons demonstrate higher-level thinking.)
  • How does this story, its problem, or one of its characters remind you of your life? (Text to self comparisons also demonstrate higher-level thinking.)