When listening to pupils read asking them higher order questions deepens their understanding of the book that they are reading.
I have attached some examples of questions you could use at home:
What was your favourite part of this book?
Can you find a page in the story/a part of the poem that you didn't like?
Can you choose a character from the story that interests you, and say why?
What made you choose this book? What sort of book is this, and how can you tell?
What is the author's view of this subject/events in this story? How can you tell?
What is the main event in this story?
What was happening at the beginning of the story?
Can you find words which tell you the order things happened in?
Can you think of another way to begin this story?
Were you surprised by the ending? Is it what you expected?
Who do you think is telling this story?
Can you choose part of the story to retell to your friend/group?
How can you use your voice to make your story interesting?
How is this book organised? Does the genre (fiction/non-fiction) affect how the author presents the text?
What is the theme of this book?
Has the author put certain words in bold or in italics? Why do you think they have done this?
Can you find the contents/index/glossary? Why does the author include these?
Can you recognise any patterns in the way words are used in the text?
How do stories often begin?
Can you think of a different way to begin this story/section?
Is this like any other word you know?
Does it sound the same? Does it mean the same?
Can you find any amazing adjectives?
Can you find a powerful verb? Why has the author chosen this verb?
Can you find a description of (a character/setting) that you particularly like? Why do you like it?
Can you join in and remember this poem?
How can you use your voice to make the meaning clear? Can you use volume and tone to help?
I hope you find them useful.