• Contrasts and Contradictions


    • When your reading and a character says or does something that’s the opposite of what he/she has been saying or doing all along?

    • WHY IS THE CHARACTER DOING THAT?

    • The answer could help you make a prediction make an inference about the plot.  

    AHA Moment


    • When you’re reading and suddenly a character realizes, understands or finally figures something out.

    • HOW MIGHT THIS CHANGE THINGS?

    • If the character figured out a problem, you probably learned about the conflict. If the character understood a life lesson you probably learned about the theme.


    Memory Moment


    • When you’re reading and the author interrupts the action to tell you a memory.

    • WHY MIGHT THIS MEMORY BE IMPORTANT?

    • The answers will tell you about the theme, conflict or might foreshadow what will happen in the story.


     

    Words of the Wiser


    • When you’re reading and a character (who’s older and wiser) takes the main character aside and gives serious advice.

    • WHAT IS THE LIFE LESSON, AND HOW MIGHT IT AFFECT THE CHARACTER?

    • Whatever the lesson is, you’ve probably found the theme for the story.

     

    Again and Again

    • When you’re reading and you notice a word, phrase, object or situation mentioned over and over.

    • WHY DOES THIS KEEP SHOWING UP AGAIN?

    • This answers will tell you about the theme and conflict, or they might foreshadow what will happen later.


    Tough Question


    • When you’re reading and the character asks himself a really difficult question.

    • WHAT DOES THIS QUESTION MAKE ME WONDER ABOUT?

    • The answers will tell you about the conflict that might give you ideas about what will happen in the story.