This graphic organizer is a great addition to an interactive notebook or a reading notebook. The CUBES strategy for reading is an easy way for students to remember what to do during close reading. Using the CUBES strategies helps students develop good reading habits.
CUBES is an acronym that stands for CIRCLE unknown words, UNDERLINE important details, BOX your thinking, EXPLAIN your answers using text EVIDENCE, and use reading STRATEGIES.
I have students draw a box somewhere on their paper to "box their thinking" (or jot their thoughts).