Comprehension Strategies to Practice at Home

Home reading is a vital part of beginning readers. At Huntly Primary School home reading is our only required homework. Students need as much time to read as they can. In this class each student is required to read at home for 20-30 minutes, 4-5 times a week. Here is a list of questions to help develop your child’s comprehension skills.

  Questions to ask before reading:
  • What is the title of the book?
  • What does the cover tell you about the book?
  • What do you think the book is about?
  • What are you curious to find out about this book?
  • What do you already know about this book?
  • What do you want to learn?
  • Why are you reading this book?
  Questions to ask during reading:
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What is the problem in the book?
  • Why do you think the character did that?
  • When you were reading this part, what were you picturing in your head?
  Questions to ask after reading:
  • Describe the setting of the story.
  • Describe how a character changed throughout the book.
  • Which of the characters did you like best?  Why?
  • What were some of the problems or situations the characters encountered?
  • Tell about a part that you liked or disliked and tell why?


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