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Reading Activity Templates - Questioning Characters

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Develop understanding of characters using these questioning characters resources. Teachers can pick from the suggested question cards to discuss a character’s actions or their feelings about an event, with pupils inferring the answers that the character may give. Pupils could also answer the questions in role.

A separate questioning characters worksheet can be used to encourage pupils to write their own questions that they would ask the characters in stories that they have read.

Why ask children to question characters?

Answering and asking questions is part of the programme of study for reading from Year 2. Asking characters questions about books, or sections of text, that pupils are reading can help to develop inference skills, thinking about how they may answer them by inferring their feelings, thoughts and motives.

What is included in this whole-school resource pack?

  • Questioning characters question cards
  • Questioning characters worksheet
  • Teacher notes

How can these resources be used?

The resources can be used to explore characters in books that you are reading as a class or to develop a character in drama or before writing. It gives the opportunity to infer characters’ thoughts feelings and actions, developing pupils’ inference skills.

  • Questioning characters question cards
  • Questioning characters worksheet
  • Teacher notes
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