I have created these discussion question based on the model of Junior Great Books close reading strategies. Each section contains a prereading open ended question that relates to the story but is not dependent on students having read the story and a writing prompt that asks students to find evidence in the text to support their opinions.
These discussion questions would be appropriate in a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom.
Common Core Standards
4.RL.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
4.RL.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
4.RL. 3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.
4.RL. 6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
4.RL.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in grade 4-5 text complexity band proficiently.
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