Reading Comprehension Information


Reading is an essential part of every students life! It's important to read for fun, but comprehending what you're reading is equally important. As your child reads (or as you read to your child) please be sure to discuss what is being read. Here are some comprehension prompts that can be used with almost every story. It is essential to not only ask the "what" type questions but also to ask more "why" or "how" questions. The "what" questions can usually be found by looking back in the story because the answers are usually easy to find (i.e. What was the girl's name? What color was the boy's hat? etc.) The "why" and "how" questions usually involve more thinking - maybe clues were given, but an answer isn't easy to go back and point to. These prompts are for ideas only, and can certainly be modified to fit the story you are reading. Please ask if you have any questions!

ASK QUESTIONS

· Who is involved?

· What are they doing? (Why?)

· What do they want very badly? (Why?)

· What is the situation or problem?

· Who is telling the story? (Why?)

· How is the story designed? (Why?)

· What is the source of tension?

· Can you trust the narrator?

MAKE CONNECTIONS

· I wonder why…

· What caused…

· I think…

· This is similar to…

· This is important because…

· What do they mean by…

· What I find confusing is…

· What will happen next is…

· I can relate to this because…

PREDICT

· What will happen next?

· Why do you think that?

· What effect will that have on the story or the characters?

SUMMARIZE

· What happened?

· What is essential to tell?

· What was the outcome?

· Who was involved?

· Why did this happen?

· Is that a detail or essential information?

CLARIFY

· Read ahead if you have a basic understanding of the text

· Ask questions

· Re-read what you don’t understand

· Identify what you don’t understand so you know what to ask help on

SYNTHESIZE

· Three important points/ideas are…

· These are important because…

· What comes next…

· The author wants us to think…

· At this point the story is about.,..

· I still don’t understand…

· What interested me most was…

· This means that…