While I tailor the questions that I include for every Book Club, there are certain types of questions that I return to again and again. This post will detail some of my favorite discussion questions to include to get kids thinking and talking about books. You may also want to check out Book Club Discussion "Jobs." I usually use the jobs as one part of each book club assignment, along with three questions similar to those below.
First Book Club:
- Choose three adjectives to describe < character >; then use one example from the book to support your choices.
- Good readers make predictions as they read a story. What do you think will happen next? Why do you think so? [This is a great question for a middle book club too.]
Middle Book Clubs:
- How is < character > changing so far through the story? Use at least one specific example.
- Compare < character >
now to at the beginning. How is s/he similar? How is s/he different?
- Choose a moment/scene in these chapters. How would you feel if you were that character?
Last Book Club:
- Did you like the end of the book? Why or why not. What would you have written differently?
- What are some of the life lessons < character > learns on his/her journey – through good times and bad?
- If you were going to write a sequel to the book, what would happen next? Explain or actually write it out as if it were the next book.
What are your favorite questions to generate deep discussion about books and themes?
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