A comprehension strategy used by readers is asking questions- before, during, and after reading. Prior to being able to pull this off with ease in text, students need an opportunity to just practice asking questions and getting in an "inquiry" state of mind.
One idea that I'm sharing FREE with you here is a Work Station for practicing questioning- called Question Collector. Students can get in the habit of asking questions with photographs before transferring this idea to text!
Simple. Easy. Effective.