Literature Circle Questions for Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Prompt deep discussion among your elementary learners during book clubs using this list of nonfiction and fiction literature circle questions.

Literature Circle Questions List

Fiction Literature Circle Questions

  • Write about your favorite part of the text.
  • How would you have added a twist to the ending of the story?
  • What is the main conflict in the story? 
  • Give examples that show how the author used descriptive language to make the story more vivid.
  • How is the setting significant in this story? Explain using specific details. 
  • What reading strategies did you apply in order to help you comprehend the text?
  • If you could ask the main character 3 questions, what would they be?
  • How would you have solved the main character’s problem?
  • Are there any examples of figurative language in the book? Share them. 
  • In a paragraph, share one or two deep connections that you have with one of the characters. 
  • How was your prior knowledge confirmed or challenged after reading the book? 
  • What would you and your favorite character discuss over dinner?
  • In sequential order, what are the major events in the story?
  • How has your thinking or mindset been shifted after reading this book?
  • Share a text-to-self connection you have after reading the text.
  • What are a few “lingering questions” that you still have after reading?
  • Using detailed explanations, what are the key traits that helped the main character overcome his/her challenges?
  • Which words confused you while reading? Which word(s) and which page(s)?
  • What are the best and worst parts of the book? Explain.
  • In a paragraph, explain why you think the author wrote the story.
  • Sketch a book cover that is different from the actual one. Why did you choose this particular design?
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Literature Circle Questions for Elementary Students

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Non-Fiction Questions

  1. Share a text-to-self connection you have after reading the text.
  2. If you could ask one of the characters from the book two questions, which character would you choose and what would you ask?
  3. Which characters and events in this book would make for a good movie? Why?
  4. What messages can you infer that the author didn’t put into words?
  5. With explanations, what are the key traits that helped the main character overcome his/her challenges?
  6. In what ways did the author make the text enjoyable?
  7. Choose a character from the text. How did his/her actions affect another character’s actions?
  8. Which words confused you while reading? Which word(s) and which page(s)?
  9. What new questions do you have after reading this book or chapter?
  10. After reading the selection, what did you learn that you didn’t know before?
  11. Was there anything the author didn’t tell you that you really wanted to know? What?
  12. How would the story be different if it were set in a different time period?
  13. In a paragraph, share one or two deep connections that you have with one of the characters. 
  14. What is the genre of the text? How do you know?
  15. What character would you be and why? 
  16. Describe one or two themes presented in the book. 
  17. Describe a text-to-text connection you have with this book?
  18. Choose any chapter or section, and write a summary about it.
  19. If you could rename one of the sections or the title of the whole book, what would the new title be? Explain. 
  20. Which facts did you find most interesting and why?

Consider using this list of questions to encourage students to engage in deep conversations during literature circles. Your little ones will never again be at a loss for topics.