Reading Tips

Reading Tips for Parents

By Ana Kitharidis


Read to or listen to your child read every day
(between 10-20 minutes)



WHO Questions

Who are the characters in the story?

Who do you think this was written for? Why?

Who do you think could help the character in that situation?


WHAT Questions

What do you think this story is about?

What was your favourite part of the story? Why?

What are the main ideas in the story?

What happened in the beginning, middle and end?

What could happen next?

What type of text do you think it might be? (Fiction e.g. stories, scripts. Non-fiction e.g. books with information about animals of things, called reports) Why?

What would you do in this situation?

What words would you use to describe each character? Why?

What is the author’s message/ moral to the story?

What do you now know that you didn’t know before?

What other information do you want to know that is not in the story?


WHEN Questions

When do you think the story took place? Why do you think that?

When might this happen to someone?

When do we use this type of text? Why do you think that?


WHERE Questions

Where do you think the story took place? Why do you say that?

Where would you find this type of text? Why do you think that?

WHY Questions

Why did it happen?

Why did the characters behave that way?


HOW Questions

How does the story make you feel?

How do you know it a narrative/ procedure/report/ script/play?

How do you think you would help the character/s in that situation?

How does the message in the text relate to your life?




Can you relate to any of the characters in the text? Which one and why?

Does the setting change in the story?

Do you agree with the author’s message?

Is there anything about you or your life experiences that connects you to the   story?

If you could ask the character/s in this story some questions, what would you ask? Why?