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Here are some general tips to guide you.
1.  If the child has previously read the book ask him/her to tell briefly
what the story was about. If the book has not been read begin at step 4.
2.  Choose a couple pages in the beginning, middle and end of the book. 
Ask the child to read these aloud.  After each section ask questions to check
for understanding.  (suggested questions attached)
3.  If the child has trouble with the selected pages (reads haltingly, misses
several words, doesn't understand what was read) start again at the beginning.
4.  If starting a book new to the child, ask the child to predict what the
book will be about. Talk about the title or the colorful illustrations to
motivate the child to want to read the story.
5.  Help the child decode unfamiliar words rather than just telling him/her. 
Use letter sound relationships, word patterns, small words within larger words,
context clues (what word would make sense in this sentence) and picture clues. 
Once the word is established have the child reread the entire sentence 2-3 times
until there is a smooth reading flow.  Repetition creates fluency so it is good to
have sentences, paragraphs and pages reread.
6.  Demonstrate for the child how to read with expression (if you are
comfortable doing so) . Then have the child imitate you.
7.  Congratulate the child on working hard and /or doing a good job. Tell them you look forward to seeing them again. 
Prepared by Vonda Mason
Third Grade Teacher
Checking Reading Comprehension
Suggested Questions for Rotary Reading Volunteers
1.   What was your favorite part of the story?  Why?
2.   Where did this story take place?  Have you ever been to a place like this? 
      How is this place like or different from your town/city?
3.   Did you like the main character?  Why or why not?
4.   Which character in the story did you like best?  Why?
5.   How was the main character like you?  Different from you?
6.   What was the main problem in the story?  What exactly was done to
      solve the problem?
7.   Was the problem easy or difficult to solve?  Why?
8.   If you were the author, how would you change the story?  Why?
9.   How would you have made the ending different?
10.  What did the characters do that caused them problems?  What could 
      they have done differently?
11.  Did the characters do anything you thought was wrong? What was it 
      and why was it wrong, in your opinion?   How would you have behaved 
12.  How did this book make you feel?  Why?
13.  Was there anything that surprised you in the story?  What?  Why?
14.  How did the character feel when ______________?  Why do you think
       he/she felt that way?
15.  If you were judging this book for an award, what would you say about it?
16.  What were the best things about this book?  What could have been