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Reading Comprehension Tool Kit

Reading Comprehension Questions

Understanding Fiction:

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  • Where/when does the story take place?
  • Who was the character that…?
  • Show me in the text where you found…?
  • What is happening at this point/in this part of the story/play?
  • Find one/two things that the main character did in this part of the story/play.
Understanding Non-Fiction:
  • Where can you find an important piece of information about …?
  • Find two pieces of information that tell you about …?
  • What does this part of the text tell us about ….?
  • Which part of the text tells us about …?
Recognising feelings/Thoughts and behaviour:
  • Why was…important in this story/play?
  • Did any characters help each other in this story/play? How did they do this?
  • Tell me/write about what sort of character/person…was from the things they did/said in the story/play. (and AF5)
  • What do you think…thoughts were at this point in the story/play?   Use the text to help you think through your answer.
  • If you were going to interview one of the characters, which questions would you ask and why?
  • Which is the most interesting/exciting/funniest/scariest/your favourite part of the story/play? Why? Which part of the text shows this?
  • How did one of the characters change their ideas/attitudes during the story/play? What was it that brought about this change?
  • In this part of the play/story, what do you think the character feels about…? How can you tell?
  • What do you think would have happened if…?
  • Write/tell me about one important event that happened that could not be left out.   Say why it was so important.
  • Did any of the characters show their feelings? How/why did they show this/these feeling(s)
  • Why was (a character) angry/upset/pleased/puzzled in this part of the story/play?
  • If…had not done…, how might this have changed other events in the story/play?
  • What you think is going to happen next. Why do you think this?
  • Which part of this poem did you like best? Why?
  • How did you think this story/play/poem will end/should have ended?
  • Can you tell me what word the poet might have used here? (delete significant word(s)) Why?
  • How do you know that …? Can you explain why………….?
  • How do you know that this text is trying to tell you more about…?
  • Do you agree with this/the author’s opinion? Explain your own opinion using the texts to help you?
  • How do you feel about this topic? Why?
  • What do you think about/is your opinion of…? Can you support your view with evidence from the text?
  • What do you think are the important points the author is trying to get over to you as the reader? (and AF6)
  • What was it that made…want to…? (biographies, autobiographies, history texts)
  • Which do you think are the most important issues and why? (environmental/health/)
Understanding Layout and organisation:Fiction
  • How has the author organised the writing?
  • Why does the author begin a new paragraph here?
  • How does the layout of this playscript help actors to read and perform the play?
  • Why are brackets used in this playscript?
  • How does the punctuation help you as the reader of this poem/playscript?
  • What is/are the main event(s) that happen(s) in this/each paragraph?
  • Can you find any repeated patterns in this poem?
  • Why are particular words/sections within a text in bold/italics/larger print?
  • Why have bullet points/numbers been used in this text?
  • How does this text layout help the reader?
  • Why has this text been highlighted?
  • How does (a diagram/picture/caption) help you to understand the information on this/these pages?
  • What is the purpose of the list/diagram/caption/sub-headings in this text?
  • Why has some of the information been presented in a table?
  • What is the main idea of this/each section/paragraph?
  • What would be a good heading for this section? Why?
Understanding word choice and language:Fiction
  • How has the author used words/phrases to make this character funny/sad/adventurous/clever/frightening/ excited/disappointed/ etc?
  • What does/do this/these words tell you about (a character)?
  • Which part of the story best describes the setting/characters/action? Which words and /or phrases do this?
  • Find and copy some words or phrases that show us that this character is special/helpful/adventurous/unsure/worried etc.
  • Why is … a good title for this story/book/chapter/play?
  • Do you notice anything special or unusual about the words the poet has used here?
  • What do these words tell you about…?
  • Which word(s)/phrases/types of sentences are used well in this text…?
  • Is this writer an expert on …? How do you know?
  • Why do you think the writer chose to use the word(s)/phrase(s)…to describe…?
  • Why do you think the author chose…as the title//headline/heading…? (and AF3)
  • Find something that is not a fact but the author’s opinion.
Understanding Author’s thoughts and opinions:Fiction
  • Did you enjoy reading the story/play/poem or not? Explain your answer by referring to the characters, events and how it made you feel.
  • How did the story make you feel? Why did it make you feel like this?
  • Why do you think the author chose this particular setting for this poem/story/play?
  • How has the author started this in an interesting way. How does this make the reader want to read on?
  • How do you feel when you read this poem? Which parts make you feel like this?
  • What does the writer think about/is the writer’s opinion on/is the writer’s viewpoint on …… in this part of the text?
  • Why do you think the writer produced this article/leaflet/flyer/brochure etc?
  • How does the writer try to persuade you to…?
  • Which information/facts does the writer include to make you believe that…?
  • Which words/points do you think are the strongest/most powerful in persuading the reader to…?
  • Why do you think the writer says/writes…?
  • Why do you think the writer included details about …?
  • Which advert/text would most persuade you to buy/take part in…? Why?
  • If … was alive today he/she would he be arguing for …?
  • The writer says …. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Comparing texts:Fiction
  • Read these two poems? What do they have in common? How are they different?
  • When do you think this story/poem was written? How do you know?
  • In which country do you think this story takes place? Why?
  • Does the setting remind you of a setting you know from another story/poem?
  • Do you know any more stories like this? Tell me why they are alike.
  • Do you know another story with similar characters in? Tell me how they are similar.
  • Many traditional tales have messages. What do you think this story is trying to tell us?
Comparing texts:Non-Fiction
  • What kind of a text is this? How do you know?
  • When you have read these two texts, what can you find that is the same about them and what is different?
  • Do you know of any other texts with similar issues or themes?