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This is a set of guided notes to draw students into a discussion about what strong readers do when they read. This material is sourced from Nancie Atwell's thinking, and is a great way to introduce students of many ages to basic ideas of metacognition and awareness of what reading really is. The quarter-sheet means a smaller size, making it convenient to glue into all manner of interactive notebooks or folders.
I use these notes very early in the year to introduce my students to the metacognitive aspects of what it really means to read text. We go step by step, and students reword the concepts in their own words or add thought from our discussion right below each of the concepts. We talk together about what each concept means, what it looks like in practice, and the ways students already do these things without even noticing.
After our discussion, I read a text aloud and do a think-aloud and ask students to observe which of these elements they notice in my thinking. Then I have students partner-read a text and share with their partner what types of thinking they performed as they read. Finally, when students have their independent reading time for the day, I ask them to choose one or two of these aspects to focus on in their reading today and keep track on a sticky note as they read. At the end of reading time we share out what we experienced as we read.