In 1948 Vladimir Nabokov gave a series of lectures at Cornell University on various pieces of classic literature. His opening lecture called "Good Readers and Good Writers" has become a useful classroom tool in helping students develop a plan for reading difficult classic literature. In my experience, the lecture generates substantial discussion as Nabokov attacks some of reading habits that students hold dear as being "immature."
This SMARTBoard presentation is useful at the beginning of a class or at the beginning or a unit based on more difficult classic texts. I use it with my AP Literature course. The lecture itself is readily available from various sources online in .pdf format. The purpose of the presentation is to get students thinking about their own habits as readers and writers, but especially as readers. It also teachers and employs the "stoplight reading" method as a way for students to identify their strengths, struggles, and stumbling blocks while they read and brainstorm individualized approaches to each level of difficulty. Finally, it employs informal writing responses at the beginning and end to formatively assess the students' understanding of the work.