To help support your child’s comprehension, it is essential to talk about what your child is reading before, during and after reading. Below is a chart that provides starting points to build comprehension skills at home.
- What do you think the story will be about?
- What do you think will happen next?
- If the story were to continue, what do you think might happen?
- What pictures are you making in your head right now?
- What do you see the characters doing?
- What does the character _____________ look like in your head?
This is when you and your child stop reading and ask questions. Some examples might be:
- Why did ____________ do that?
- What does ____________ mean?
- Why did the character do that?
Text- to-Self Connections
Examples of Text-to-Self Connections sound like:
- This part reminds me of...
- This part makes me think about..
- I can relate to this character because...
- The text says___________. This reminds me of...
Text- to-Text Connections
Examples of Text-To-Text Connections sound like:
- This book reminds me of the book _________ because...
- This part reminds me of the story ___________ because both characters...
- This book is similar to the book ___________ because...
- What is the problem in this story?
- What did the characters do to try and solve the problem? Did it work?
- What was the solution of the story?
- How do you think the character felt? Why?
- Why do you think _________ happened in the story?
- What kind of person is _____________?
- Choose a word to describe the character.