16 Pre-Reading Questions For Any Class Novel
Like warming- up before exercise, it’s important to warm-up before reading. Preparing the mind for what’s to come will result in increased comprehension of the text. A well-crafted pre-reading activity will encourage students to make predictions, connect with the topic, activate prior knowledge, and objectively preview text contents. The pre-reading questions listed below can be used as a collaborative or independent assignment. Either way, students are guided through five different aspects of the text before reading the first page.
- What is the title of the book?
- Does the title provide you with any clues as to what the book might include?
- Describe the images, artwork, or graphics on the front cover.
- Do the images, artwork, or graphics provide you with any clues as to what the book might include?
- What is the author’s name?
- Do you know of any other works by this author?
- Who published this book? When?
- Does the date of publication tell you anything about the contents of the book?
- Is this a fiction or non-fiction book?
- Describe how the book is organized.
- Is there a table of contents? If so, what does it include?
- Based on the above information, what predictions can you make about the book?
- Read the summary on the book’s back or inside cover.
- Based on the summary, answer as many of the following questions as possible: -who? -what? -when? -where? -why?
- What is the topic of this book?
- Do you know anything about this topic based on your personal experiences?
- Can you think of any other works you have read or seen that are also about this topic?
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