53 Powerful Reader Response Questions: Fiction/Nonfiction

Motivate students to share their understanding of a book using these fiction and non-fiction reader response questions and prompts.

Not only do these reader response questions improve reading comprehension skills and activate critical thinking, they motivate kids to read with a purpose.

So include a few of these reader response questions into your reader’s workshop block this week.

Reader Response Questions for Fiction Books

The following open ended reading response questions pair well with fiction books.

1. What is one text-to-self connection you have after reading the text?

2. How was your prior knowledge confirmed or challenged after reading the book? 

3. What reading strategies did you apply in order to help you comprehend the text?

4. Based on evidence from the text plus your prior knowledge, what do you think will happen next in the story?

5. What is the main idea of the story?

6. How has your thinking or mindset been shifted after reading this book?

7. What are the major events in the text?

8. Are there any examples of figurative language in the book? Share them.

9. What is the tone or mood of the story?

10. Which text features help you know that the book is fiction?

11. What is one text-to-text connection you have with this book?

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12. How did you use context clues to figure out a word you did not know?

13. What would you and your favorite character discuss over breakfast?

14. How would you change the ending of this book?

15. What can you figure out that the author didn’t put into words?

16. Are there any parts that confused you while reading? What?

17. What are some similarities and differences between two central characters?

18. If you could step into this story, what’s the first thing that you would do and why?

19. What did you visualize as you read the story?

20. Which parts of the text did you have trouble understanding?

21. What is the genre of the text? How do you know?

22. What do you think will happen next? Why?

Non-Fiction Reader Response Questions

For non-fiction books, students answer a few of these reader response questions.

1. What motivated the main character’s actions, and were his/her actions justified? 

2. How would you have solved the main character’s problem?

3. What are the best and worst parts of the text? Explain.

4. If you could insert yourself into the book, which character would you be and why?

5. What’s the main idea of the story?

6. How has your thinking shifted after reading this book?

7. What actions or events presented in the text confirmed or challenged what you already knew? 

8. Why or why not does the title fit the book?

9. What questions do you have now after reading this material?

10. In what ways did the author make the text enjoyable?

11. What are three “lingering questions” that you still have after reading?

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12. Which characters and events in this book would make for a good movie?

13. What reading strategies did you apply in order to comprehend the text better?

14. Which text features did the author use to help you understand the information better?

15. How would you have solved the main character’s problem?

16. What events caused the character to change?

17. Who or what type of person would be most interested in reading this book?

18. What is the author’s purpose for writing this selection?

19. If you could rename the title of the book, what would it be? Explain. 

20. How would you have added a twist to the ending of the story?

21. What are two reading response questions you can create in order to share with a classmate?

Reader-Response Questions For Poetry

1. How did the author use figurative language in the poem?

2. What do you think is the author’s purpose for writing this poem?

3. If you had the opportunity to change the title of the poem, what would you change it to and why?

4. How would you summarize the main idea of the poem?

5. Who do you think would be most interested in reading a poem like this? Why do you think this?

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6. How is the poem different from other fiction or non-fiction texts?

7. Identify a metaphor or simile from the poem. What comparison was the poet making?

8. What is the mood or tone of the poem?

9. Are there any examples of alliteration, personification, or hyperbole in the poem? If so, provide two examples.

10. As you read the poem, what visuals presented in your mind? Sketch one, and caption it.

11. What are any interesting words used in the poem? List, define, and then write each in a sentence.

Final Thoughts: Reading Response Questions 2nd Grade and Up

Whether you need reader response questions for elementary, middle, or high school students (or even college), now you have on-hand a quality collection of reading response questions to ask during reader’s workshop.

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Whether reading fiction or nonfiction, ask a few of these simple reading response journal questions to discover how well students understood the book.

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