- Do you remember learning to read? What early memories
of learning to read stand out in your mind?
- Did you like to read when you were a child?
- Did your parents or other adults read to you a lot
when you were little? Do you remember any favorite storybooks?
- Do your parents read often? What do they read?
- Do you like to read for pleasure at all? If so, what kinds of things do
- If you do not like reading, when did you begin to
dislike or have trouble with reading?
- Estimate the number of books you own. How many of
those books matter to you?
- Estimate the number of books in your household.
- What are some of your personal interests? Do you
remember reading anything in connection with any of these interests?
- Will improving your reading skills be helpful to you?
Why or why not?
- Do you consider yourself a slow or a fast reader?
- What kinds of reading have you had trouble finishing in school?
- Do you spend a lot of time re-reading? Do you ever give up on reading
assignments because they take too long? Explain.
- Do you have trouble staying focused while you read? Explain.
- Do you often find yourself thinking of other things as you read? Try to
explain what you experience when you are trying to read.
- When you read at home or school, do you have trouble blocking out
distractions, such as noise? Do you listen to music or watch TV when you are
studying or reading?
- Do you visualize, or see pictures in your head, while you are reading?
What kinds of reading material do you find easiest to visualize?
- What kinds of reading material do you find most difficult to understand?
Why do you think these types of reading are difficult for you?
- Do you ever feel that you are understanding while you are reading, but are
unable to remember the information once you are done? Explain.