Grades 7-8 Comprehension Questions and Actvities

These comprehension questions and activities can be used as:

  • comprehension analysis (confirming understanding)
  • reader’s/writer’s notebook activities
  • informal assessment

COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS – FICTION

  • Was the title appropriate for the context of the audiobook? Why or why not?
  • Think of a gift you would give a character in the audiobook. What would you give and why?
  • What kind of person is the main character? Give evidence
  • Did the main character change during the audiobook? How?
  • What did the author do to make the audiobook interesting or funny?
  • What connections can you make between the characters and your life?
  • What is the main idea or message?
  • What figurative language was used?
  • How did the language used in the audiobook add to your enjoyment or understanding?
  • Did the author give any foreshadowing?
  • What time period did the audiobook take place? How do you know?
  • What did you think of the audiobook?
  • How has the main character’s perspective changed throughout the audiobook?
  • Has your perspective as a reader changed throughout the text?
  • Are social issues and cultural groups represented accurately?
  • What are the points of view of the characters and the narrator?
  • Where and how did the author use symbolism?

COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS – NON-FICTION

  • What information are you looking to gain from listening to this audiobook?
  • What predictions can you make after listening to the beginning?
  • What new words did you hear? Look them up
  • Does this topic remind you of anything in your life?
  • Have any of your ideas about the topic changed after listening to the audiobook?
  • How does the author make this topic interesting?
  • What did you notice about the language used in the audiobook? Did it add to your enjoyment or understanding?
  • How did the layout/organization of the audiobook help your understanding?
  • What is the author’s purpose for writing this?
  • Why is the topic/event significant?
  • What conclusions can you make from the information?
  • What questions do you have about the topic now?
  • What qualifications does the author have to write an informational text?

ACTIVITIES

  • Prior to listening, make predictions about the audiobook based on the title
  • Write the next chapter of the audiobook (at least 3 paragraphs)
  • Write a recommendation to a friend about why they would enjoy this audiobook
  • List the places in the audiobook that are important. Make a map of them
  • Make a timeline of the events in the audiobook
  • Pick one of the main characters and draw a shape that fits their traits. Write 3 reasons why you chose this shape.
  • Create a crossword puzzle using 10 words from the audiobook
  • Write a song and/or rap about the audiobook
  • Perform a skit/play about the audiobook