Skip to main content

Improving Reading Comprehension Sample Questions

  • What is the author attempting to do?
  • How well does she/he succeed in this attempt?
  • What value does the attempt have, if any?
  • Has the author affected me personally?
  • USE THE 4-STEP METHOD
    • acquire and understand information
    • recognize organization and style
    • interpret
    • analyze and evaluate
  • PREPARE TO READ
  • If you reflect on the subject before you read, you will bring more to the reading of the text and become an active reader.
    • Preread – read biography or historical information
    • 1st Read – read for information and enjoyment
    • 2nd Read – read with pen in hand, writing comments and questions
  • Every time you read something you bring prior knowledge and experience of that topic to the reading. By preparing yourself to read and study a topic, you will allow your brain to make connections between what you already know about the topic and what you are about to learn.
  • By connecting old information with new information, you will be better prepared to make predictions about what you will be reading and where the text is headed.
  • RESPOND
  • Don’t allow unfamiliar words to impede your reading of the text. Read through the entire piece before you try to look up unfamiliar words in the dictionary.
  • Write down questions, thoughts or queries in the margins as you read.
  • Summarize the main points into your own words in order to make sure you have understood what you just read.
  • KNOW THE PURPOSE
  • Find out what your teacher wants you to look for. For example, the structure of argument, opinions, organization, imagery?
  • Knowing the purpose for reading the piece will help you to focus your reading and narrow in on specific aspects of the piece.