Guided Reading Prompts and Questions to Improve Comprehension

Copies of guided reading prompts booklets

This blog post from ( contains excellent teacher practices and materials that can be adapted for improving reading comprehension at any level. The post includes printable PDFs of a teacher reading prompt booklet, bookmarks, for learners, and guided reading question cards that learners can use to interact with a reading text independently or in small groups. The reading prompts are written for a third grade reading level, which can easily be used with intermediate and advanced adult ESL learners.

From the blog 

As a third grade teacher, I sometimes feel like I'm in literacy limbo, sandwiched between lower elementary students who are learning to read, and the upper elementary students who are reading to learn. Each year my class has students reading all along the continuum, from developing to fluent to proficient, which means I'm sometime juggling up to six guided reading and skill groups. With each group, I have found using prompts or targeted questions during our small group instruction has helped bolster comprehension for developing readers while deepening understanding of text for those who are able to read fluently at a higher level.

Prompts are wonderful tools to have when you are helping individual students make their way through a text or to check on how well the members of your small group are understanding the text. I normally use prompts that promote and reinforce the comprehension strategies we teach and model in reader's workshop mini-lessons. These strategies include:

  • Self-monitoring
  • Making Predictions
  • Asking Questions
  • Inferring
  • Understanding Author's Purpose
  • Summarizing

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