Each bookmark page comes with three of the same bookmarks.
Cut out these bookmarks and give to the appropriate students. You may consider printing each bookmark on a different color of paper or cardstock to help differentiate visually.
Have students write their names, dates, and other pertinent information on the back of each bookmark.
These bookmarks make it easy for the classroom teacher to differentiate whether students are reading different books or they are all reading the same book. These bookmarks also work with multiple grade levels!
Students can each be working on a different bookmark at different points of the story based on choice, need, skill, strengths, interests, preferences, and story elements. The teacher simply switches out each students bookmark when necessary to assess skill development, comprehension, and growth.
Students and/or the supervising teacher(s) select the bookmark that will be most appropriate for the circumstances of the story or the circumstances of the student. A due date is assigned for the bookmark. Alternatively, the bookmark may also be assigned to be completed by a certain point, such as a particular page number, a certain chapter number, or an expressed event in the story.
Teachers may choose for students to have one bookmark for a whole story, or they may choose for students to have to complete various bookmarks throughout a story based on each book’s circumstances and each student’s circumstances.
Setting Summary Bookmark Usage and Ideas
Students complete this bookmark as directed by the headings of each box. This can be used to guide students to understand the whole setting of a particular book or simply a particular scene within a book. Multiple copies of this bookmark may be used if a particular piece of reading will have a variety of settings. Always encourage students to indicate where in the text, via page number, where something was found.
Character Traits and Evidence Bookmark
These bookmarks help students to analyze character traits with supportive evidence. I would suggest having students indicate the page number(s) where evidence of specific character traits was found.
This is a bookmark that would work for an entire book if desired! Students can base their timelines off of significant events, actual times, chapter titles, or another category as appropriate. Make sure students are aware of how they are to utilize their timeline or switch it up as the book moves along!
Vocabulary Words Bookmark
As students are reading, ask them to write on this bookmark the words they do not know/recognize, words that were used well or uniquely, and words they believe others may not know. This bookmark can easily be extended by having students learn the definitions of the words, use the words in a sentence, cutting the bookmark apart on the lines and sorting the words, using the words as a spelling list, or by being asked to use each of the words in a sentence. Please encourage students to indicate on which page number the words were found.
Story Elements Bookmark
This bookmark is similar to a traditional story map. Students can maintain this bookmark throughout a book or at any point in a book or can be asked to complete this bookmark as they are nearing completion of a book.
Character Analysis Bookmark
Students may desire to complete many of these bookmarks, maybe even one for each character in the book! This bookmark can be particularly effective for students with social, emotional, and behavioral issues as they learn to relate to others.
Event Analysis Bookmark
Use this bookmark to determine the significance of particular events in a story. Different students may choose to complete this bookmark at different points in the story. Then, at the end of the book, these bookmarks can be collected and the events can be ranked by their impact on the story, its characters, and its plot.