Questions for Reading Non-Fiction

Before Reading

  • What made you pick this book?
  • What do you already know about this subject?
  • Where did you learn that?
  • What are you hoping to learn from this book? What else? Can you be more specific?
  • Do you think this book needs to be read from the first page to the last page like a regular fiction text? Why or why not?
During Reading

  • Look at the Table of Contents. What page would we go to in order to learn more about ______?
  • Where is the first place your eyes go when you look at this page? (the text, the picture, the caption, the graph or diagram, etc.)
  • What is the most interesting fact you learned about ______ on this page?
  • What did the author do to make this easier for you to understand? (She provided a picture and a caption; she defined new words; he used a chart or table; he labeled his diagram to match the text, etc.)
  • What have you read that you already knew from some other book or source? Is there anything you think you disagree with?
  • Why are some words in boldface, italics, underlined, or in ALL CAPITALS? What did you do to make sure you understood those words?
After Reading

  • How can this book help you in life? How can you help other people with this knowledge?
  • Do you feel more powerful knowing something about _____ that you didn’t know yesterday?
  • Do you think there is more to know about this subject? If so, how could you get more information on it?
  • Do you think the author is qualified to write this book? Is the information accurate? What makes you think so?
  • How do you think the author learned so much about this subject? Where did she get all this information?
  • Why do you think this author wanted to write such a book? What was his intention?

~ by Michael Templeton 2011