A starting point for discussion in reading groups or for students doing reading assignments (fiction).
- Explain the title.
- What category or genre do you think it fits into?
- What do you think the author’s purpose was?
- Something you liked about it.
- Something you disliked about it.
- Describe the setting.
- Which character did you like most?
- Which character did you like least?
- Describe one of the main characters.
- What changes does a main character go through?
- Describe one significant episode.
- What techniques does the author use to tell the story?
- How did reading it change you, or your views?
- What would you say to persuade a friend to read it or not to read it?
- Summarise it in one written sentence or a one minute speech.
- What feedback would you give the author?
- How might you have written it differently?
- What do you think of the ending?
- What happens, or should happen, after the ending?
- What would you want to read about in a sequel or prequel?
Students can be asked to select which 5 questions to prepare answers for, to ask each other in turn or to be ready to answer any of these in a class discussion.
The idea is to encourage students to engage with a text from different perspectives and to share their responses to it without simply re-telling the story.