How to have a successful book conversation with your child:
Promoting a book conversation is key for your child's comprehension of the story. By talking about the book out loud, they are more likely to fully comprehend the story elements.
Questions to ask during/after your child reads to promote a successful conversation:
1. Does it remind you of anything that has happened in the world? ( Text to World connection)
2. Why do you think the author wrote the book?
3. How does the main character change from the beginning of the story to the end?
4. How does the main character change from the beginning of the story to the end?
5. Name three things you know about the main character. What are some traits (ask them to give you evidence for the traits)
6. Are there any characters that remind of of yourself or someone that you know?
Visualize- Encourage your child to create a mental image or play the scene like a movie in her head
Evaluate- Determine the importance of the characters, events, or details
Model- Model thoughtful questions while reading. Stay away from yes/no questions. Questions such as "Why do you think the boy was afraid? is preferable to "Was the boy afraid?"
Having your child retell important story elements is a great way to check your child's comprehension of the story. Ask your child to retell the statements listed below.
-State the title and the author
- State the setting
- Talk about the main character
- Talk about the other characters
- Talk about how the characters area connected (what is their relationship like?)
-State the problem in the story
- Talk about the important events in the story with rich detail and evidence
- State the solution
- State the story in proper order