Sarah, Plain and Tall Comprehension Questions

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Students reading the novel Sarah, Plain and Tall will enjoy the simple, straightforward story. Use these questions to check their comprehension of story elements like plot, setting, and characters on varying levels.

Why Ask Questions?

Students read for many reasons, such as to be entertained or to learn something, to name a few. The book Sarah, Plain and Tall allows them to do both at the same time. Teachers can use this book as they teach about Westward Expansion, or life on the prairie in the 1800s. With engaging characters and a plot that keeps moving, students are likely to gain a closer understanding of concepts without even knowing it.

But it's important to check in on their comprehension too. Students this age are reading to learn, and these newly emerging skills should be monitored closely. As teachers, we need to determine if they're using important comprehension skills, like asking questions and self-correcting when things seem ''off.'' We can do this by asking questions, both as they read, and at the end of reading. This formative and summative assessment model allows you, as the teacher, to take students' pulses and determine where they struggle and where they thrive. Take a look.

Questions for Characters

The novel Sarah, Plain and Tall has a wide variety of characters, enough to make just about everyone happy and easily connect to, and find, a favorite. Ask these questions to further analysis of characters and their traits, which show how their behaviors and actions define them.

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