Reading conferences provide a window into a student's reading processes, strategies, interests and habits. They also provide the teacher with opportunities to witness a student strengths and where improvement is needed. Reading conferences can be brief or in-depth, they can be formal or informal. The key to successful reading conferences is in the questioning.
Select a few questions to begin a dialogue. You do not need to use all of these questions. These conference questions can be put on chart paper and posted in your
- Tell me what your book was about.
- Why did you select this book?
- Was your book hard or easy to read?
- What made your book hard or easy?
- Would you select a book on this topic again?
- Would you like to read another book by this author?
- What genre is your book? (romance, adventure, science fiction, biography,
- Would you say this is a good book? Rate it on a scale of 1-10.
- What makes it a good book or a poor book for you?
- Think about books you have read recently, how would you rate them
- compared to this one?
- How did the author make this book scary, funny, mysterious, etc?
- Would you recommend this book to other people to read? Why?
- Who in your class might like to read this book?
- Have you read any other books by this author? If so, how does this book
- Who is the main character of the story? Tell me about him or her.
- Is this book similar to any others you have read? How?
- Which were the best parts of the story for you?
- Would you like to know one of the characters in the story personally? Why?
- Did you learn anything that you didn’t know before? What did you learn?
- Do you know anyone who is similar to a character in the story?
- Do you think the author had a message to teach you through this book?
- Describe the setting of the story. Have you ever been anywhere like it?
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