General Blog Entry Questions

Reading questions (BE SPECIFIC AND QUOTE FROM THE BOOK)::

  1. Overall—how did you experience the book while reading it? Were you immediately drawn into the story—or did it take a while? Did the book intrigue, amuse, disturb, alienate, or irritate, you?
  2. Do you find the characters convincing? Are they believable? Compelling? Are they fully developed as complex, emotional human beings?
  3. Which characters do you admire or dislike? What are their primary characteristics?
  4. What motivates a given character’s actions? Do you think those actions are justified or ethical?
  5. Who in this book would you most like to meet? What would you ask—or say?
  6. If you could insert yourself as character in the book, what role would you play?
  7. Is the plot well-developed? Is it believable? Do you feel manipulated along the way, or do events unfold naturally?
  8. Is the story plot or character driven? In other words, does the plot unfold quickly or focus more on characters' inner lives?
  9. Consider the ending. Did you expect it or were you surprised? Was it forced? Was it neatly wrapped up—too neatly? Or was it unresolved, ending on an ambiguous note?
  10. If you could rewrite the ending, would you? In other words, was the ending satisfying?
  11. Can you pick out a passage that strikes you as particularly profound or interesting—or perhaps something that sums up the central dilemma of the book?
  12. Does the book remind you of someone—a friend, family member, co-worker, boss—or       something—an event, problem—in your own life?
  13. If you were to talk to the author, what would you want to know?
Questions taken from here.


English Mechanics (BE SPECIFIC AND QUOTE FROM THE BOOK):

Author:

    1. What is/are the author(s) trying to tell you in the book?
    2. What kind of things does the author like/dislike? What evidence from the book supports your statement?
    3. Why did the author(s) choose to write this book?
Mood:
  1. How do you feel when reading the book? Why did you feel this way?
  2. What was the funniest/saddest/strangest thing that happened? Why?
  3. Does the mood of the story change? How?
Style:
  1. What special words does the author use to help you see, hear, smell, and taste things in the story?
  2. What pictures does the author leave in your mind?
  3. By reading this book, what did you discover that could help you outside of school?
Theme:
  1. What lessons have you learned from this story?
Characters:
  1. Who is the most important character in this story? Why?
  2. Do any of the characters do things you think are good or bad? What do they do? Why do you think this is good or bad?
  3. Do you know anyone like a character in this story?
Setting:
  1. Which part of the story best describes the setting? Why?
  2. How does the author(s) create atmosphere for the setting?
Plot:
  1. Were you able to guess what happened next at any point in the story? What evidence clued you in?
  2. What chapter do you think is the most important to the story? Why?
  3. Tell another way the story might have ended.

General Questions – Social Studies:

  1. Find an article about the region of the world/country/people we are studying. Link to that article, summarize/quote from it, and relate article content specifically to the reading. 
  2. All of our books deal with young people in situations much different from us. Find current articles about youth from around the world that are in tough situations. Summarize the article and make connections to your own reading. For example, with the earthquake in Haiti thousands of children are potentially orphans- can connections be made between that situation and the books we are reading?
  3. Pick an event/group/person from the book that you want to learn more about. Research and report your findings.
  4. As we bring up topics in class from the book that spark your interest form your own questions. Research and report on your findings.
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