Ask: What do you not understand? What words are confusing? What would you ask the author? What would you ask if you had to lead a discussion on this text?
Connect: What characters, events or statements in the book have you experienced in your own life? Write a full paragraph (7-10 sentences) that specifically explains the situation in the book and the situation in your life that are similar.
Interpret: Pick something complicated (a metaphor, an idea, a sentence, etc.) in the book and explain what you think it means. Write a full paragraph (7-10 sentences).
Evaluate: How would you grade this text on a scale of A+ to F? Think about how the author writes and who you would recommend the book to. Your evaluation should be a full paragraph (7-10 sentences).
Title: What does the title mean? Go deeper than the obvious.
Tone: What is the overall tone of the book? Is it funny? Solemn? Angry? Use adjectives to describe the tone and explain your answer in a full paragraph (7-10 sentences). Cite at least one example from the book and include the page number of that example.
Theme: What is the author’s message to the world? Explain in a full paragraph (7-10 sentences).
Diction: Diction is simply the choice of words. There are six major types of diction -- slang, jargon, profanity, trite cliches, archaic, and colloquial. Which of these does your book use primarily? Based on how the characters speak (the diction), what can you determine about their age, social class, location, culture, and emotion? Which words tell you that? Explain in a full paragraph with at least one example from the book and include the page number of that example.
Imagery: Describe at least two instances of metaphor, simile, or personification. Be sure to cite the page number of your examples.
Shifts: When does the book's attitude change? When does the storyline/plot change? When does the author consider other people’s point of view?
Summary: If you had to explain this text to a 7 year-old, what would you say (in less than 3 sentences)?
Conflict: Four types of conflict exist: Person vs. Nature, Person vs. Person, Person vs. Self, & Person vs. Society. Explain which appear in the book.