Mar 28, 2020
Read, Write and Chat!
How 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.
• 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