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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