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Talking About the Books you Read! March 7, 2011

Posted by Nora in Uncategorized.
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Ok, now I am really going to try to post more often! Being a teacher and a mom and a writer, does not allow for too much blogging. But, I promise I am going to try to fit it in. I welcome your comments and I would love to hear from you!!

Great readers love to talk about the books they read. At every age, active, engaged readers need opportunites to share their thoughts and questions about their books. In doing this, children build comprehension skills and develop a true purpose for reading. Whether your child is just learning to read or is a proficient reader, talking about the books he or she reads is a valuable, enriching experience.

Here are a few questions (for beginning readers) to use as a starting point in talking with your child about a book. Of course, if you read the book together, you can tailor your questions to fit specifically with the book and its content. Remember, it’s not just the act of reading the words that’s important…but it’s what your child holds onto and brings away from the reading experience that really matters.

1. What did you enjoy about this book?

2. What have you read that is similar to this book?

3. Who was your favorite character? What did you like or appreciate about him or her?

4. What is the setting in the story? Where does the story take place?

5. Tell me about a funny, sad, or scary part in the book.

6. If you could change something about this book, what would it be?

7. What was your favorite part or page in the book? Why?

(Let me know if you want more question ideas for beginning readers, or for proficient readers!)

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