The below wh-questions bank contains variety wh-questions that you can ask throughout the reading activity. You can pick and choose which questions to ask, as appropriate for your child. You may start with some questions during initial reading and ask more questions with each consecutive reading. Or, you may select specific wh-quesiton which you may want to work on with your child at a specific time. Then expand to another wh-questions with each subsequent reading. You have to determine the purpose of story time with your child – i.e. reading skills, comprehension skills, asking and answering questions – and adjust your approach accordingly. Also, time is a factor – the more questions that you ask, the longer the process will take, so you can adjust the questions that you choose according to your child’s focus and attention level.
Sample responses are included to questions to help you facilitate the conversation with your child and expanding responses. Sample responses include three dots … which is an example of an extended response. If your child gives you a shorter answer, you can affirm the response, “That’s right” (repeat the child’s response, and then…) extend with more information based on the text or inference.