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Comprehension within Nonfiction and Fiction

Reading is so much more than just solving words. Comprehension is the heart of reading.  We want children to be able to have meaningful conversations about what they are reading.

How to’s/Ideas:

mother helping happy daughter with homeworkThe most important idea to remember and reinforce…

Reading is thinking!

Have fun and engaging conversations before, during, and after reading to promote the joy of reading!

When you are discussing books, you can always go back to these 2 questions:

1. What are you thinking?  

2. What do you notice?

Good Comprehension Conversation Starters in Fiction:

  • Can you tell me what happened in the story?
  • What are you thinking?
  • How do you think that the character is feeling? What did the character say or do that makes you think that?
  • How would you describe the character in the story? What did the character say or do that makes you think that?
  • What do you think will happen next? Why do you think that?
  • What was the problem in the story? How was the problem solved?

Good Comprehension Conversation Starters in Nonfiction:

  • What did you learn from this book?
  • What is the main idea?
  • How did the pictures help you understand what you were reading or learn more about the topic?
  • What did the author do to help you understand the topic?  In nonfiction, we call these nonfiction text features:
    • Highlighted words
    • Captions/pictures
    • Diagrams
    • Maps
    • Facts Boxes, glossary, word bank, index
    • Are there ways to find more information? Web address? More book titles?
    • Check out to see if there’s an author’s note as well!

Your Challenge

Tweet out some thinking questions that you have used when reading with your child! Don’t forget to use the hashtag  #hilliardreads!

Hilliard City School District | Superintendent, John Marschhausen, Ph.D. | Treasurer, Brian W. Wilson

2140 Atlas Street, Columbus, OH 43228 | Phone: (614) 921-7000 | Fax: (614) 921-7001

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