Reading with a Pencil
I have been teaching my students to interact with the text while they read to deepen their comprehension. We call this interactive reading strategy "Reading With a Pencil" because they read with a pencil in hand and jot down their thoughts as they read. It is another way to describe close reading, since they are are reading closely and noticing a variety of text features while they read and take notes.
The first page is a SAMPLE of notes taken on this paper while reading The Tale of Despereaux. I actually copied this for each of my students to put into their reader’s workshop journal so they have an example of exactly what it looks like to use this note-taking strategy. I have found that it is always helpful to give my students a sample, so they know exactly how to use the resource.
The next two pages (landscape orientation) have 3 bookmarks (identical) for you to print and cut apart and laminate for your students, or paste onto their reading journals, etc. It gives all the symbols for and types of notes they might jot down while reading: i.e., connection, prediction, inference, questions, vocabulary, etc. All the symbols chosen to go with each type of "jotted note" can be easily drawn in the margins of their notepaper, so once they learn these symbols, they can continue this note-taking method on any paper or in any notebook! The 3rd page gives the back of the bookmark. The middle of it says, “I’m a genre genius!” next to a speech bubble where they can write their name. I use a fun hole punch (shapes) to punch beside each genre that they have read throughout the year, to give them a visual reminder to expand their reading horizons!
The last two pages are note-taking pages (one wide-lined and one narrow-lined) with the symbols shown across the top – exactly the same as they appear on the bookmark. There is a place for the student’s name and their book title in the top margin. You can copy these pages front to back for use in a reader’s journal, or as a single worksheet for teaching students how to use this strategy.
Thanks for looking! -- Sheila Saeger