Readers Experience Empathy
We sense that we are somehow in the book.
- Which character did you relate most with in the book? Why? What would you have done in his/her situation?
- Was there a particular place in the book that you related to? Why? How did you know that place?
- Was there a conflict in the book you could relate to? Why? How would you have solved that conflict?
Readers Experience the Aesthetic
The appreciation of beauty or good taste.
- Was there a section of the book you wanted to reread or stop and appreciate? Did you find that section beautiful, well-written, surprising, humorous or moving.
To think about and reflect on.
- Was there a place in the book that made you pause and dwell on new twists, events or actions in the text?
Readers Imagine and Create
New Ideas and New Possibilities
- Did this book prompt you to generate new ideas and new possibilities? If so, what were they? How did the book help you to create?
Readers Advocate and Evaluate
To speak or write in favor of or to judge or determine the significance, worth, or quality of;assess: to evaluate the results of an experiment.
- Were you cheering on one character in the book over another? Did you hope for a particular outcome, event or series of events in the book?
Readers Notice Patterns and Symbols
Patterns: combination of qualities, acts, tendencies forming a consistent or characteristic arrangement.
Symbols: something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign.
- What patterns and symbols did you recognize in the book? How did that help you to understand the plot, characters, theme or author's voice with greater depth?
Readers Make Global Conclusions
Reasoned deductions or inferences.
- Did this story help you to create, develop or change a big idea you have about the world, people or life in general? Did this book change your beliefs, actions or thoughts in any way?
Readers Infer Author's Intentions, Values and Claims
The Author’s Point of View
- How would you describe the author of this book? What kind of a person do you think he or she is? Why do you think that?
- Did the author of this book impact your beliefs, values and opinions?
- How would you describe this author's style? What tools does he/she use to manipulate our thinking? Do you want to, or will you, replicate this author's style?
- Did you argue with the author as you read this book?
- Are there parts of this story that you'll never forget?
- How might this story impact your decisions and actions as you move on in life?