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Questions to ask your reader

Questions to Support Your Child's Understanding and Engagement



  • What has happened in the story so far?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Is the plot fast or slow moving?
  • Find some evidence in the text, which supports your view.
  • If the author had included another paragraph before the story started what do you think it would say?



  • Who is your favourite character?
  • Why?
  • Who is the character you like least?
  • Why?
  • Do you think the author intended you to like / dislike this character?
  • How do you know?
  • Does your opinion of this character change during the story?
  • How?
  • Why?
  • Find two things the author wrote about this character that made him / her likeable?
  • If you met one of the characters from the story, what would you say to him / her?


Reader's Opinion

  • Which part of the story is your favourite / least favourite?
  • Why?
  • Would you change any part of the story?
  • How?
  • Would you change any of the characters?
  • How?
  • Which part of the story was the funniest/scariest/ saddest/ happiest?
  • Find some evidence in the text to support your opinion.
  • Did this book make you laugh?
  • Can you explain what was funny and why?



  • What is the purpose of this book?
  • How do you know?



  • Why is this page laid out in this way?
  • Could you improve it?
  • Pick three favourite words or phrases from this chapter.
  • Can you explain why you chose them?



  • Find two sentences which describe the setting.

Author and Genre

  • Have you read anything else by this author?
  • Is anything similar?
  • Does this book remind you of anything else?
  • How?
  • When do you think this book was written?
  • How do you know?
  • Does it matter?
  • What would it be like if it was written now?
  • Do you think the title of the book is appropriate?
  • What would you have called it?
  • What is the genre of the book: sci-fi, mystery, historical, fantasy, adventure, horror, comedy? What are the features that make you think this?
  • Would you like to read another book by this author?
  • Why/ why not?
In memory of Queen Elizabeth ll and her dedicated service to our country. It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of our much loved Queen. Our prayers are with her family at this time, that they will find peace, comfort and courage during their sorrow and loss. As a school community, we will sensitively support our children in the coming days as we enter a period of national mourning, and will provide further information when it becomes available and royal protocols are made known.