This is a graphic organizer for use when teaching annotations and similar literacy skills, including making predictions, recognizing text features, making connections, identifying roadblocks, finding the main idea, and writing a summary.
I used this to teach ninth grade literacy students how to annotate non-fiction texts. I often paired this with articles from NEWSELA. I spent a significant amount of time modeling this for struggling readers. We did this activity once a week. Eventually, students were able to learn the basics of annotations. The idea was for students to be able to take these skills and eventually annotate directly on the texts in order to increase their individual understanding of other core subjects.
Many students struggle with basic reading comprehension skills. Teaching these literacy skills is essential as the Common Core puts an emphasis on these skills in subjects such as science, history, and even math (math teachers know what I'm talking about).
If you teach literacy or the metacognitive process, this is an excellent activity for having students complete annotations of a selected text. Although primarily for use with non-fiction, it can be used with fiction as well.