Reading Question Types

Questions to Develop Comprehension

Recall (Focus on who, what, where, when and which)

  • What is the title of the book? (Looking for a thing)
  • Where did they find the key? (Looking for a place)
  • When do the bears hibernate?  (Looking for a time or words like before/after)
  • Which of these animals live in the arctic?
  • Where is Egypt?
  • How many……… were/are there?
  • What is the main character called?
  • What sweets did they buy?
  • Are these true or false? E.g.
    • Elephants live in Africa
    • The character likes chocolate
    • The houses were built of wood.
  • Here are 4 events from the story or text, can you put them back in order?
  • Can you find the words that mean e.g. icy = cold


  • What is the purpose of the text? (Why has it been written? How do you know?)
  • What do you think will happen next? Why?
  • What do you think the character will do? Why?
  • Who has the text been written for? How do you know?
  • What is the character thinking? How do you know?
  • What is the character feeling? How do you know?
  • Can you find the words that suggest… He is angry or it is cold.
  • The writer used rushed to describe the water, why? What image does that give you?
  • Can you find the words that show what they thought of him?
  • Why do you think they did this?
  • “Thank goodness!” what does that tell you about how the character is feeling?
  • Bang, thump, giggle, what do these words tell you about how they liked the rollercoaster?

Explanation (why)

  • In this small section the writer talks about the plants that grow is Australia. What do you think a good subheading for this section would be?
  • ‘The news flashed around the world’ what does this tell you about the news?
  • Why is dotted a good word to describe how the flowers are arranged?
  • The word lounge can have 2 meanings. What are they both?
  • Now that you have read the text, would you go there? Why?
  • Now you have read the text, would you have a dog? Why?
  • Would you like that experience? Why?
  • Who do you think was the happiest? Why?

In your why answers you need to use the word ‘because’ and you need to use evidence from the text to justify what you are saying.

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