100 Reading Comprehension Questions for Student Engagement

100 Reading Comprehension Questions for Student Engagement

Are you looking for a simple way to assess your students’ comprehension and generate quality conversations in your guided reading groups? I have compiled a list of 100 reading comprehension questions to use with literature or nonfiction texts at the elementary level.

Quick Guide to these Reading Comprehension Questions:

  • Pre-Reading Questions #1-16
  • During Reading Questions #17-44
  • Post-Reading Questions #45-64
  • Personal Response Questions #65-80
  • Nonfiction Questions #81-100

  1. Read the title. What clues does it give you about the story?
  2. Look at the cover. What do you think the story will be about based on the cover images?
  3. Who is the author? Have you ever read anything written by this author before?
  4. Who is the illustrator? Do the illustrations give you a clue about the genre?
  5. What characters do you think might be in the story?
  6. What do you already know about this book?
  7. What questions do you have after looking at the front and back covers of this book?
  8. What genre do you think this book will be?
  9. What do you think the setting of the story will be?
  10. What do you predict will be the main idea of this story?
  11. Do a picture walk. What do you predict will happen in this story based on the illustrations?
  12. Read the table of contents. What do you think will happen based on the chapter titles?
  13. What do you think the title means?
  14. Have you ever met these characters before in another book?
  15. Is this story part of a series?
  16. Read the book description. What clues does it give you about the plot of the story?
  17. What is the setting of the story?
  18. Who is the main character of the story?
  19. What problem is the character facing in the story?
  20. How do you predict the problem will be solved?
  21. Who is the protagonist of the story?
  22. Who is the antagonist of the story?
  23. What events led to the conflict?
  24. What are some traits the main character has?
  25. What do you predict will happen next?
  26. Summarize what has happened so far in the story.
  27. How is the character feeling at this point in the story?
  28. Why do you think the character has taken the actions he/she has?
  29. If you could ask the author one question right now, what would it be?
  30. What is the mood of the story?
  31. What similarities can you find between you and one of the characters?
  32. What differences can you find between you and one of the characters?
  33. What problems can you see arising based on the characters’ actions so far?
  34. Does this remind you of something that has happened in your life?
  35. Do you know someone who reminds you of this character?
  36. What did you see in your mind while you were reading this part?
  37. How do the illustrations help you understand what is happening in the story?
  38. What is the point of view?
  39. Who is telling the story?
  40. How is the story organized?
  41. Who is the intended audience of the story? How do you know?
  42. If you met the main character, what would you say?
  43. What would it be like to live in the setting of the story?
  44. What are you wondering about that you hope will be answered soon in the story?
  45. Summarize the events of the story.
  46. What questions do you have for the author after finishing the story?
  47. Could this story have taken place in a different place or time?
  48. What was the central conflict?
  49. How was the conflict solved?
  50. How could the conflict been solved differently?
  51. How did the main character change from the beginning to the end of the story?
  52. What was the overall theme of the story?
  53. What lesson or moral did you learn from the story?
  54. What was the author’s purpose for writing this story?
  55. If the story continued with these same characters, what do you think would happen next?
  56. Retell the most important events from the beginning, middle, and end.
  57. Did the setting change throughout the story?
  58. Could this story really happen?
  59. What was the most interesting part of the story?
  60. What inferences did you have to make about the characters?
  61. How did the conflict change the characters?
  62. Did the setting influence the problem in the story?
  63. Was there any part you wished the illustrator had included a drawing of that they didn’t?
  64. Did the ending surprise you in any way?
  65. How did the story make you feel?
  66. What did you learn from the story?
  67. How can you relate to the characters in the story?
  68. If you were the main character, how would you have solved the problem?
  69. How did your prior knowledge help you understand the book?
  70. How did you determine the meaning of new words you found in the text?
  71. Were your predictions about the ending correct?
  72. If you had chosen the title for this story, what would you have picked?
  73. Is there any part of the story you didn’t understand?
  74. Would you recommend this story to a friend?
  75. If you took a character out of the story, how would it change the plot?
  76. What did you enjoy most about this story?
  77. Did the illustrations align with the descriptions given in the text?
  78. If you could rewrite the ending of the story, what would you change?
  79. Was there a part in the story that you didn’t like?
  80. What did you learn in this story that you will always remember?
  81. What is the main topic of the text?
  82. Look at the table of contents. What topics will the text cover based on the titles of each chapter?
  83. What is the title of the text? What clues does it give you about the overall topic?
  84. Look at the glossary. Are there any words you are unfamiliar with listed?
  85. Read the description of the book (usually on the back or in the front cover). What questions do you have about this topic so far?
  86. What do you already know about this topic?
  87. How does your prior knowledge of this topic help you understand it?
  88. Did you come across any new words in the text? How did you determine their meanings?
  89. Find a diagram in the book. How does it help you understand the topic?
  90. Find the main idea of the current chapter or section you are reading.
  91. What are important details in the text?
  92. Are there any maps in the book? How does a map help you understand more about the topic?
  93. How do the photographs in the book help you understand the text?
  94. Find a bold word in the text. Why did the author include this word?
  95. What was the author’s purpose of writing this book?
  96. If you could ask the author one question, what would you ask?
  97. Does the author provide facts or give opinions? Explain.
  98. Who is the audience of this book?
  99. How do you know the information in this book is true?
  100. What did you learn from reading this book?

So there you have it! No more scrambling to come up with reading comprehension questions for your students during class or while planning your upcoming lessons. Pick and choose your favorites, jot them down, or refer back to this page when you need to. Your students will be talking about the books they’re reading much more in-depth with guiding questions like these to help!

Do you want the questions on ready-to-print cards that you can print, cut, and use? I have them available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store today!

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Katrina Martin

Katrina Martin is the owner of Katrina's Resources and a B-6 certified teacher in New York State. She specializes in elementary education and curriculum development. You can read her blog at KatrinasResources.com or view her educational resources on TeachersPayTeachers.com.

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