One problem with this posting is that I had to omit the story that I used. I had inserted a children's book and then showed the questions or discussion starters that I would provide. However, the children's book is copyrighted and I don't have permission to share that so I just included the text title and my questions. If you are really curious you can chase down a copy of the story and match it up.
In close reading it is common to stress the idea of taking students through a text multiple times. To make up this lesson, I went through it multiple times, making up different questions for each reading. I found that making up different kinds of questions on each reading was a good discipline for me as a teacher, and perhaps you would find the same thing.
For a first reading, you want to ask questions that ensure that the students understand and think about the major ideas in the story or article. That means you limit your questions to big ideas or you query information that you think the students might be confused by.
On the second reading, you want to ask questions that require students to analyze how the text works: why the author made certain choices and what the implications of those decisions would be in terms of meaning or tone.
On the third reading, the issue is how does this text connect to your life and your views, critical analysis of quality and value, and how the text connects to other texts.
Hope you find it useful.