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March 2012 Book Report

Due: 3 / 29 / 2012

After you (and hopefully an adult) read the same book, find a quiet, comfortable place to discuss. After discussing, print a copy of the handout and ask the adult to sign and date.

Signature:   _____________________________________

Date:   ______________

Here are some questions to get your conversation started:


Interpretive questions based on text

  1. What kind of person do you think (character name) is? What in the story makes you think this?
  2. What are some good / bad things that happen in the story? Why do you think these are good / bad?
  3. What do you think is an important thing that happened in the story? Why do you think it's important?
  4. How does (character name) compare to you or a family member? How is the character different?
  5. Why do you think the author gave the title he / she did to the story?
  6. What did you like best about (character name)? Why? What in the story made you think this way?
  7. What did you not like about (character name)? Why? What in the story made you think this way?
  8. If you were the main character, would you have done the same things they did? Why or why not? What might you have done differently?
  9. Why do you think (character name) did (action from story)?
  10. Did (character name) change from the beginning of the story to the end? How? Why?

High level questions based on story concepts as relate to children's lives

  1. Which character is most like you (student and / or adult)? Why?
  2. Which character would you want to be like? Why?
  3. Which character would you like to have as a friend? What in the story helped you make this decision?
  4. How does this story compare to (another story, something you have done, etc.)? Why do you think these are similar or different?
  5. What do you think are the 3 main / most important ideas? Does the author have a message / moral / theme? What is it?
  6. For non-fiction: can you relate any of the events / characters / concepts to the same in Minnesota? Why or why not? Where / when could it happen in Minnesota?
  7. How are you like (character name)? How are you different?
  8. What did you like / dislike about the story? Why?
PDF March 2012 Book Report   --  Assignment Sheet