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Possible Questions for Reading Conferences

By Patrick Lashmar September 14, 2015

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,
  • etc.)
  • 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
  • compare?
  • 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?

If you would like to learn more about how to use Reading Conferences at a grade specific level, please see the links below.

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