Resourceful guides to help your child comprehend literature

Once your child learns how to read, it is imperative that he or she understands what is being read. These worksheets and guides will provide your child with different strategies for comprehending a piece of text, including a story map, a sequence chart and more!


5 W’s Chart


What better way to understand the plot of a book by then outlining the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where” and “why?” Your child can complete this chart while reading to help him or her follow along.


Cause & Effect


Your child can use this diagram to outline the different series of events in a story, using different clue words.


Compare & Contrast


This guide includes a Venn Diagram for your child to compare and contrast different elements of a story.


Fix-Up Strategies


Your child will often encounter new words in a text that he or she may not be familiar with. These sample questions and strategies can help your child learn more about how to solve anything that is unclear.


Idea Web


This diagram will allow your child to take a main idea of a story and fill out the supporting details of the idea.


K-W-L Chart


In this chart, kids can fill out what they already know, what they want to learn and what they have learned, as they read a story.


Literary Forms


Take a look at all the different versions of both fiction and non-fiction literature, and what makes each of them unique.


Persuasion Map


This chart will allow your child to specify a topic or main idea from a piece of literature, then outline different facts and examples to support the idea.


Persuasive Techniques


Check out these different vocabulary words and phrases that can be helpful in persuading others.


Question Words


Introduce your child to these important question words to help him or her fully understand what is being read.


Self-Monitoring Checklist:


It’s important to follow different steps to comprehend a text before, during and after reading. You can follow that checklist here with your child.


Sensory Details


Sights, tastes and smells can come right through the story! Your child can fill out these sensory detail prompts as he or she reads.


Sequence Chart


Your child can journal the sequence of events of a story by filling out this interactive chart.


Signal Words


This guide will introduce your child to words that connect ideas and help him or her understand important information and how the information is organized.


Story Structure


Your child will learn about the different elements of a story, including the plot, characters, theme and more.


Story Map


This chart will allow your child to outline the characters, setting, the problem and solution of a story.


Strategies Wheel


This game will teach your child different comprehension strategies as he or she reads a new text.




Your child can document the different events of a story in this chart. It’s a great way to help keep things in chronological order.


Transition Words


Check out these different words that connect two different ideas.