Mar 28, 2020

Read, Write and Chat!

Reading - 900x900.pngHow do you talk with your children about their reading? Below are ideas to support their reading, whether your child reads independently, or you read together.

Remember to:
    •    Choose one or two talking points to help your child think about their reading.
    •    These questions can also be used with middle or high schoolers to generate discussions about books, articles, and website reading.

Ideas for Reading Response (fiction)
I Can WRITE or DRAW or TALK about the Characters

How do the personalities in the story react to events/people and share their feelings?
    •    What surprised you?
    •    What will happen later in the story?
    •    What did I like or didn’t like?
    •    What connection did I make during the story?

Explain how your connection(s) help you understand the story.
    •    What would I change about the story?
    •    What character do I want to be, and why?
    •    How would I react to a problem in the story, compared to how the character(s) reacted?
    •    Is there anything else in the story that I feel like writing?

Don’t forget to include text evidence in your reading responses, which are the reasons based on the text.

Ideas for Reading Response (non-fiction)
I Can WRITE or DRAW or TALK about the Main Idea and Key Details

    •    What did the book/article discuss?
    •    What details helped you to understand the main idea?
    •    What did I learn about the topic?
    •    What else would I like to know about the topic?

What questions do I still have?
    •    What did I read that was most interesting?
    •    How did the text features help me understand what I read?
    •    What do I believe the author wants the reader to do?
    •    What did I read that made me think more about the topic?
    •    What else do I want others to know about the topic?

Don’t forget to include text evidence, reasons based on the text, in your reading responses.

- Laura Johnson, GWAEA Curriculum Consultant