Overview: After completing these sheets 3 times per week for the entirety of the school year (along with other appropriate comprehension lessons), students should master the required comprehension skills for the appropriate grade level. Also, by practicing comprehension with this type of activity, this will give the children important additional writing and reading practice. To increase effectiveness, other comprehension assignments should be given as well. Students will need a variety of appropriate lessons.
Directions: Students are to complete this packet at least 3 times per week after reading a book. Details in answers should be graded according to age and grade level.
Kindergarteners should answer with at least one complete sentence per answer. First graders should answer with at least 2 complete sentences per answer. Second graders should answer with 2 complete sentences as well, but should have more descriptive details.
3rd graders should have descriptive details as well as 3-4 complete sentences per answer. 4th graders should have 4 to 5 complete sentences per answer and each sentence must be fully detailed. 5th graders should do the same as 4th graders, but their wording and descriptions should be more elaborate.
Beyond 5th grade, you will need something more advanced. For the discussion section, it is important to be sure that students are recognizing and using examples from the story and recognizing similarities as well as differences between the story and real life.
Note: Your students may need a separate piece of lined paper for answering the questions.
1.What is the title of the book you read?
2.What are the names of the characters?
3.What do the main characters look like? (remember details)
4.What happens in the beginning of the story? (remember details)
5.What happens in the middle of the story? (remember details)
6.What happens in the end of the story?
7.What is the main idea of the story?
8.What lesson did you learn from this story?
9.Are there any parts of the story you did not understand?
If so, write the word/s and/or sentence/s you did not understand and explain how you figured out the meaning. If there are any words, see question # 11 as well.
10.Discuss the story with a friend or family member.
Ideas for discussion:
a.What event/s that happened in real life remind you of this story?
b.What did you like about this story?
c.What did you dislike about this story?
d.What's another good way this story could have ended?
e.What's a sad way the story could have ended?
f.How did the story make you feel? (sad, happy, excited, angry, relieved...)
g.Did the author make you want to keep reading the book until it was finished?
h.Describe your favorite scene in the story and explain why it's your favorite.
11. List any words you need to look up in the thesaurus and dictionary. (Words you didn't understand.)