1. Main Idea Prompts and Questions

  1. The main point of the article is . . .
  2. Summarize what you read.
  3. The main theme of the story is . . .
  4. List the facts regarding . . .
  5. The text is about . . .
  6. The main idea is about . . .
  7. The story/article mainly tells . . .
  8. Which of the following best expresses the main idea?
  9. On the basis of information in the passage, we can determine that . . .
  10. What would be the best title for this passage?
  11. Which statement best expresses the central idea of this passage?
  12. The main idea expressed in this passage is . . .

2. Significant Details/Evidence

  1. List the facts regarding . . .
  2. Describe the facts . . .
  3. Describe the characteristics of the object’s properties.
  4. According to the ____ which of the following is/are true . . .
  5. In the article the author explains . . .
  6. The paragraph suggests that . . .
  7. In this passage, the author explains . . .
  8. In which location . . .
  9. All are true EXCEPT . . .
  10. The passages indicates that ______ does___ for . . .
  11. According to the passages who said . . .
  12. According to the passage what happened when . . .

3. Sequential/Order Relationships

  1. Trace the development of . . .
  2. Sequence the events leading up to . . .
  3. What do you do first when you . .. Next . . .
  4. List the steps involved in . .
  5. What steps did _______take to solve reach her goal?
  6. Sequence the order of events.
  7. What happened first in this passage? Next? Then? After? Finally?
  8. The next likely event would be (predict) . . .
  9. After doing ______, the character’s next decision was to . . .
  10. What happened in the . ..
  11. What steps did _____ take to achieve his/her goal in the story?
  12. The final step in the process is . . .
  13. After the hypothesis is created, what is the next step in the Scientific Method?
  14. Sequence the events leading up to . . .
  15. What steps did you use to complete the math problem?
  16. Which step was omitted from this process?
  17. Place the following steps in the correct order.
  18. What are the sub-stages in . . .

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4. Comparison Relationships

  1. List similarities and differences.
  2. Compare and contrast the following:
  3. What are the significant similarities or differences
    between _____ and ________?
  4. Which two are most similar or most different?
  5. How are the two characters similar and/or different?
  6. How are (two or more characters/entities) alike?
  7. Details in the passages suggest that _____ and blank are alike or different.
  8. _______ is better than ______ because . . .
  9. How are _____ and _____ connected?
  10. Unlike _______, __________ is . . .
  11. Compared to ______, _______ is . . .
  12. The passage compares ____ to ___ because . . .

5. Causal Relationships

  1. List the causes of . . .
  2. What were the effects of . . . ?
  3. How does ____________ affect _____________?
  4. What led up to . . . ?
  5. The largest effect caused by _______ is . . .
  6. Which of the following was NOT an effect of . . .
  7. What resulted from . . .
  8. _______decision resulted in what consequence?
  9. Because _______ happened, it can be reasonably inferred that . . .
  10. __________ happened as a result of . . .
  11. The author claims that when _______ happens, it causes . . .
  12. According to the passage, _______ was ______ because . . .
  13. ________ is determined by . . .
  14. The passages indicates that _______ depends on . . .
  15. Why did ____________become/did . . .
  16. The author said that _____ pleased her because . . .
  17. Based on the details, _____happens because . . .
  18. Based on the details you can conclude that . . .
  19. The main character decides not to ____ because . . .
  20. A person would not _________ because . . .

6. Knowledge of Vocabulary/Key Terms

  1. Define the following term _______________.
  2. Define what is meant by . . .
  3. Define ___________ from the context clues.
  4. Provide an example and non-example of _______.
  5. What does the word __________ mean?
  6. As it is used, the word _________ means . . .
  7. The quote means . . .
  8. The author defines ________ as being . . .
  9. _________ literally means . . .
  10. When someone says _________ he/she means . . .
  11. The author’s use of the word __________is meant to convey the . . .
  12. Which of the following best explains _____ in the quote

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7. Generalizations & Conclusions

  1. Can you say that most______? Why or why not?
  2. Based upon the events, what can you conclude about __________?
  3. You may predict that . . .
  4. During the time _____takes place, _____ is . . .
  5. The author’s ___ can best be described as . . .
  6. Which of the following best describes what may happen next?
  7. The main character appears to believe that . . .
  8. One thing that you might expect _____ to say about _____ is . . .
  9. It can be reasonably inferred from __ that ...
  10. One thing that you might expect would happen when ________ is . . .
  11. According to _____ the author suggests that . . .
  12. Researchers are searching for _____ that can best be described as . . .
  13. Which of the following bests assesses the narrator’s assessment of . . . ?
  14. How is ______ a significant part of _______?
  15. After _____ happens, you can likely conclude that ______ will happen.
  16. It can be reasonably inferred that the answer that _______ would give is . . .
  17. Which detail support the conclusion that . . . ?

8. Problem/Solution Relationships

  1. What problem is identified by the author?
  2. What solutions does the author suggest?
  3. What is the best solution for the problem? Justify your position.
  4. What would happen if . . .?
  5. How many different ways can . . . ?
  6. _________ can be solved if a person . . .
  7. One thing that can be done to solve _____ is . . .
  8. The first step in eliminating the problem of ______ is . . .

9. Multi-Step Instructions/Directions

  1. How do you do ______ if . . .?
  2. How do you apply these steps in this situation?
  3. What are the steps to . . .?
  4. Which step would you use after you . . . ?
  5. Apply instructions that you read in the reading materials to . . .
  6. If _________ changes, then how would you complete/ make . . .?
  7. Apply the instructions to (new situation) that is similar to the one described in the printed directions.
  8. You would follow the directions to ___ unless . . .
  9. Explain the rationale behind the procedure to ______.
  10. Why would you ______before . . .

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10. Author's Purpose Views & Arguments/Claims

  1. The point of view of the author was . . .
  2. How does the author use ______ technique?
  3. How does the author get her/his point across?
  4. How do you think the author feels about . . . ?
  5. What did the author mean when he/she said ___?
  6. In this passage, the author was likely attempting to . . .
  7. Which of the following best describes the author’s attitude toward__________?
  8. The overall message in the passage is that . . .
  9. A clear intent of the author in writing this passage is to describe . . .
  10. The narrator’s point of view is that . . .
  11. The author’s attitude toward _____ is that . . .
  12. Which statement by the author best supports the argument that ____________?
  13. How does the author prove her point about . . .?

11. Knowledge and Use of Maps, Charts & Graphs

  1. Identify trends in data.
  2. Identify the basic features of graphs, charts, or tables.
  3. Translate the data into another form.
  4. Generate a hypothesis based on given data.
  5. Determine the relationship among variables.
  6. Evaluate a hypothesis or conclusion based on the given data.
  7. Deduce a conclusion or hypothesis based on experimental results.
  8. Extend data to make predictions and models.
  9. Use the presented data to solve a problem.
  10. Make generalizations based on the results.
  11. Predict results based on information given data.
  12. Use the information in the chart to answer the questions below . . .
        (Who, what, where, when, why, how, how much, to what extent)

12. Literary Analysis

Use skills stated below as stems for prompts.

• Identify literary elements of plot, character, conflict, and setting.
• Identify main and supporting characters, distinguish between them, and analyze their contribution to the text.
• Identify events important to the development of the plot and subplot.
• Identify setting and how it affects the plot.
• Identify author’s message or theme using support from text.
• Compare stories to personal experience, prior knowledge, other stories, and non-print text.
• Interpret literary passages using the following elements of literary structure: rising action and falling actions, and resolution.
• Recognize points of view in narratives (e. g., first person)
• Explain the significance of referencing another text within a text (literary allusion) and how it relates to and impacts the work.

13. Research

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