Do you ask questions after reading a story? Stories provide an excellent basis for many different levels of questioning. Let's try it with the childhood favorite: Clifford the Big Red Dog* by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic Inc.; $5.99)
You can begin by asking questions that explore children's knowledge and comprehension:
- What is unusual about Clifford?
- What special things can Clifford do?
- What problems did Clifford get into?
- What did Emily have to do to create a home for Clifford?
Continue asking more complex questions such as:
- What would you do if you had a big dog?
- Where would you keep him?
- What could happen if Clifford ran after fire trucks?
- How could Clifford help people at the park?
- What would happen if Clifford were a big red cat? How would the story be different?
- What would you feed a giant cat?
- What would you do with it?
- Would you like to have a giant-size pet? Why or why not?
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