Notes Pages are one of the most important tools I've ever created for my classroom, and I've been using them since my first year of teaching. I use them for all grade levels and abilities. What are they? They are a place where students can record ideas as they read actively. They include a place to summarize a text and a place to record more analytical ideas. Rather than a typical worksheet, these require students to both understand and comprehend what they've read. They also ask students to think about what they've read. Directions are included on the worksheet.
I've found these are most effective when followed with a class discussion in which each student must participate at least once. Students begin to see that their responses are important, and they do their best work when they know they'll need to contribute.
I've found (and I always tell students this) that students will reach many of the analytical ideas I hope they'll find, but they also find fresh, new, and interesting concepts that help to make the reading experience and discussion their own.
Teach your students to think for themselves when they read, and the payoff will be authentic discussion, engagement, and exploration.