35 Comprehension Questions
to Ask at Home
Encouraging your child to read at home is very important. Here are some questions you can ask your child that will promote understanding of books read for enjoyment outside of school. When discussing a book with your child, encourage your child to answer in complete sentences. Talking in complete sentences will provide support to improving your child's writing skills.
1. What is the story about?
2. What is the main idea of the story? Give two details to support your answer.
3. Who are the main characters in the story?
4. What is the problem in the story?
5. How is the problem solved in the story?
6. When does the story take place?
7. Where does the story take place? Describe the setting.
8. Does the story remind you of something that has happened to you? Explain.
9. Does the main character remind you of someone you know? Who is it? Explain.
10. Does this story remind you of another story that you read? Explain.
11. Do any characters remind you of a character from another story? Explain.
12. Do any characters remind you of someone you know? Who is it? Explain.
13. Ask questions about the vocabulary words in the story. Don't assume that your child knows the meaning of every word in the story, even if he/she can read all the words.
14. What is the picture in your mind as you are reading the story? Describe the picture in your mind.
15. Draw a "quick pic" (quick picture) of the problem in the story. Explain it to a family member. (Give child 1-2 minutes to draw. Then have the child explain drawing.)
16. Draw a "quick pic" (quick picture) of the solution in the story. Explain it to a family member. (Give child 1-2 minutes to draw. Then have the child explain drawing.)
17. Draw a "quick pic" of 2-3 characters in the story. Introduce them to a family member. (Give child 2-3 minutes to draw. Then have child introduce the characters to a family member.)
18. What happened at the beginning of the story?
19. What happened in the middle of the story?
20. What happened at the end of the story?
21. Talk about 2-3 events that take place in the story. Put them in order.
22. Did you like the story? Give two reasons why you liked the story or why you didn't like the story.
23. Would you read this story again? Why or why not?
24. Would you tell your best friend about this story? Why or why not?
25. Give 1-2 reasons why your teacher or principal would like this story.
26. What was the BEST part of the story?
27. What was your FAVORITE part of the story?
28. What do you think the main character did after the story ended?
29. Have your child stop at certain times in the story to make a prediction about what he/she thinks is going to happen next.
30. What is something that you learned from this story? (a lesson, fact, idea)
31. Why do you think the author wrote this story?
32. Who was your favorite character in the story? Why?
33. Who was your least favorite character in the story? Why?
34. Name one person you know who would like this story. Explain.
35. Point to your favorite picture in the story and talk about it.
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