Why Do You Need Guide Questions?
On the pages in this category, you will find guide questions for each chapter of each book listed in the category. These questions are meant to be helpful to anyone that has the following problems:
- Repeatedly read the same couple of sentences because after that point you start to daydream about other things.
- Think you are reading continuously but then something happens in the text and you are not sure how that happened.
- Reading such a large text is intimidating and there is now way you would be able to remember all the details of such a long story.
These guide questions assist with these problems by giving a point to focus your attention on. Instead of you simply trying to get through the chapter so your reading can be over, you will be reading with the purpose of answering the guide questions and therefore actually understanding what is going on in the story.
Types of Questions
In the guide, there are different types of questions to help get your thinking cap pumping.
1 Direct Text- These are questions in which you can find the answer directly in the text as you read it. There is a definite right answer being sought after. For example:
Carrie decided that after visiting with her grandmother, her afternoon was packed with grocery shopping, laundry and getting dinner ready, that she didn’t have time to go to the mall this afternoon.
Example Questions: What chores did Carrie have to do that prevented her from going to the mall?
2. Opinion Questions: These questions ask for your thoughts about a particular occurrence and don’t necessarily have a right or wrong questions, but serves to facilitate thinking about text.
Example: Why doesn’t Carrie just go the mall today and do her chores tomorrow?
3 Evidence/ Detail Gathering question: This type of question needs you to gather information from multiple places in the text to form an opinion or to base information on.
Example: Write a character sketch of Carrie. Would you describe her as a responsible person? Why or why not, based on the text?
How To Use This Guide
One of the best strategies to employ is to read all of the questions in the guide first and then read the story. As you read, you will find the answers to the questions because all questions are in chronological order of the story.
You should have a note book with you as you read and write out or type your answers. The benefit of answering the questions in written form is you will be taking notes on the story, thus preparing you for any summer-reading writing project you are assigned.
Finally, in your notebook, come up with your own questions to the story, and if it so moves you, find the answers to those questions.