About the Text
  1. What happened in the story?
  2. What was the problem in the story? How was [character’s] problem solved?
  3. What happened in the end? Did it surprise you in any way?
  4. What happened after [some event]?
Beyond the Text
  1. Talk about how [character] felt about [some event]. Why did they feel that way?
  2. How did [something happen]?
  3. Why do you think [character] did [something]?
  4. How did [character] feel at the end of the story? Why did they feel this way?
  5. Why do you think [some event] was the best solution for [character]’s problem?
  6. What kind of person was [character]? What were they like? What makes you think that?
  7. How did [character] act differently at the end of the story as compared to the beginning of the story? What lesson do you think they may have learned?
  8. Tell what you learned about [character]? What did they like to do?
  9. How did [one character] feel about [another character] in the beginning? How did that change by the end of the story? What brought about that change?
  10. Why did [character] feel [some emotion] about [some event]?
  11. Tell why [character] behaved [some way] to [another character].
Within the Text
  1. Do you think [character] did [something] well? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think what happened in this story could really happen? What makes you think so?
  3. When did [character] change their feelings about [some other character]? Why did their feelings change?
  4. What was the important lesson that [character] learned?
  5. What do you think was the most important part of the story? Why was that the most important part?
  6. What makes the title a good one for this book? Any other reason?
  7. Did you like the ending? What did or did you not like about it?
  8. What was the writer’s message? How do you know?
  9. What does [some expression] mean?

These three categories come from the work of Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnel. The questions are generalizations based on questions we use from their assessments in Minneapolis Public Schools.

~ by Michael Templeton 2011