List of 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.

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Literature Circle Questions List

If you’ve assigned a “questioner” as one of your literature circle roles, use the following list of literature circle questions to guide that student in sparking conversation within the book club group.

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?
  • 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?
  • How did the author make the text enjoyable?
  • What can you figure out that the author didn’t put into words?
  • Why or why not does the title fit the book?
  • If you could step into this story, what’s the first thing that you would do and why?
  • How would the story be different if it were told from the point of view of a contrasting character?
  • Which part of the book did you not understand well?
  • How does the main character change throughout the story?
  • What did you visualize as you read the story? Sketch 2 to 3 significant images.
  • Write a summary about what you just read. 
  • What do you think will happen next? Why?
  • How does the setting add or take away from the story?
  • Which text features did the author use to help you understand the book better?
  • What lesson is the author trying to teach you? Explain.
  • Compare and contrast two central characters.
  • What is the tone or mood of the story? Describe. 
  • How are you similar to any of the characters in the book? Explain.
  • What 3-5 questions would you ask the author as it relates to the book?
  • What’s the main idea of the story?
  • 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?
  • Based on evidence from the text plus your prior knowledge, what do you think will happen next in the story?
  • Choose a character from the text. Using specific details, why do you think this character would make a good friend?
  • What is the genre of the text? How do you know?
  • How does the character remind you of yourself, another character, or someone you know?
  • What is one picture that you would choose to symbolize the main idea of the story? Sketch it. 
  • Describe a text-to-text connection you have with this book?
  • If you could rename the title of the book, what would it be? Explain. 
  • Using specific details, share one or two themes presented in the book. 
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Literature Circle Questions for Elementary Students

Non-Fiction Questions

  • Share a text-to-self connection you have after reading the text.
  • If you could ask one of the characters from the book two questions, which character would you choose and what would you ask?
  • Which characters and events in this book would make for a good movie? Why?
  • What messages can you infer that the author didn’t put into words?
  • With explanations, what are the key traits that helped the main character overcome his/her challenges?
  • In what ways did the author make the text enjoyable?
  • Choose a character from the text. How did his/her actions affect another character’s actions?
  • Which words confused you while reading? Which word(s) and which page(s)?
  • What new questions do you have after reading this book or chapter?
  • If you could rename one of the sections or the title of the whole book, what would the new title be? Explain. 
  • List 3-5 new facts you’ve learned after reading the selection.
  • How has your thinking been shifted after reading this book?
  • What’s the main idea of the story?
  • Describe why you think the author wrote this text.
  • What are a few “lingering questions” that you still have after reading?
  • Who or what type of person would be most interested in reading this book? Write a one-paragraph book recommendation. 
  • If you could interview the author, what 3-5 questions would you ask? 
  • What questions do you have now after reading this material? 
  • How does the setting take away from or add to the story?
  • What events caused the character to change?
  • If you could insert yourself into the book, what character would you like to be and why? 
  • What experiences in your life have helped you understand the main ideas presented in the book?
  • Describe any part(s) of the book that puzzled you.
  • What actions or events presented in the text confirmed or challenged what you already knew? 
  • How did the headings and subheadings help you find information in the text? 
  • Which text features did the author use to help you understand the information better?
  • What is the tone of the text? Describe. 
  • Is there any section of the book where your comprehension broke down?
  • What are 2 or 3 things that you still wonder about after reading the book? 
  • In a paragraph, what is the most important message that the author wanted you to learn from this text?
  • What motivated the main character’s actions, and were his/her actions justified? 
  • How does the character remind you of yourself, another character or someone you know?
  • What did you visualize as you read each section or chapter? Sketch 2 to 3 significant drawings.
  • Which illustrations did you find most helpful in understanding the story? Why? 
  • What reading strategies did you apply in order to comprehend the text better?
  • How would you have solved the main character’s problem?
  • What is one image that you would choose to symbolize the main idea of the story? Sketch it. 
  • Share 2 to 3 interesting facts that you learned from the book.
  • Using details, what are 3 cause and effect examples presented in the selection?
  • How do you relate to the main character’s conflicts or problems? 
  • What text features (charts, captions, pictures, labels, diagrams, etc.) helped you most in clarifying what you were reading? Tell how they assisted you.
  • Using the 5Ws + H (Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?, How?), draft a summary of the selection.
  • What information is provided through illustrations such as diagrams, drawings, charts, and maps?
  • After reading the selection, what did you learn that you didn’t know before?
  • Was there anything the author didn’t tell you that you really wanted to know? What?
  • How would the story be different if it were set in a different time period?
  • In a paragraph, share one or two deep connections that you have with one of the characters. 
  • What is the genre of the text? How do you know?
  • Write about your favorite part of the text.
  • What are the best and worst parts of the passage? Explain.
  • Choose a character from the text. Using specific details, why do you think he or she would make a good friend?
  • Compare and contrast two central characters.
  • What character would you be and why? 
  • Describe one or two themes presented in the book. 
  • Which facts did you find most interesting and why?
  • Describe a text-to-text connection you have with this book?
  • Choose any chapter or section, and write a summary about it. 

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