Bookmarks to Support Strategic Reading Instruction is a versatile resource that can be used in a variety of instructional settings and content areas by teachers of grades 2-8.
You can use these bookmarks during:
* content-area reading
* independent reading time
* in guided or small-group reading
* as homework
Each bookmark focuses the reader on a particular strategy, skill, text feature or type of text. Though we do not use each strategy or skill separately during authentic reading, research indicates that focusing on one strategy at a time is an effective way to approach reading comprehension instruction. This initial focus on one strategy at a time allows students time to explore, conceptualize, assimilate and apply the strategy in controlled settings (text chosen by the teacher because it lends itself to using the focus strategy) and uncontrolled settings (student-selected text). As students gain proficiency in applying reading strategies, we demonstrate how they are interwoven, interdependent and interrelated.
Each bookmark is interactive, meant to be written on by the student before, during or after reading. The bookmarks define the strategies/skills and guide students to apply them when reading text in order to develop comprehension. The bookmarks are a place to "hold" thoughts and demonstrate learning; they can serve as a guide to instruction when teachers are meeting with small groups or can be used to begin discussions in student-led literature circles or book clubs.
The bookmarks can be used with any type of reading program, such as Balanced Literacy, Basal, literature-based or scientifically-based. They can also be used across the curriculum; students use the bookmarks to develop content-area reading skills and strategies that will develop their comprehension abilities as well as their content-area knowledge.
Bookmarks to Support Strategic Reading Instruction contains 66 bookmarks and over 100 open-ended questions for students to actively use while reading.