Since it is absolutely necessary to have students ACTIVE DURING THEIR READING, we need to provide questions and assignments DURING the reading, as opposed to just giving questions after they "think" they're done. Otherwise, students' comprehension suffers immensely.
The following pages offers bookmarks and quizzes for the following chapters:
These bookmarks are to be given before the reading assignment; I would give one for every independent assignment. On each bookmark, students are given a list of about 10-12 questions. I do not require students to answer every question. The goal is not for students to spend the majority of their time writing; instead, the assignment is for them to comprehend and think about the reading - in other words, this is a reading comprehension assignment, not a writing assignment. Therefore, I ask them to pick five of the questions and write the answers on post-it notes, to be placed in their novel. The questions are SUPER BRIEF and can usually be answered in a couple of words. They may be asked to define a word that is crucial to the understanding of the text; they may be asked to simply visualize something (which would obviously not require a written answer); etc. Essentially, these are guiding questions, and most questions are given parenthetical page numbers so that the students know exactly what is being referred to. Check out an example to see what each bookmark generally looks like! Bookmarks are printed two to one page and I simply take the scissors to the pages twice to create skinnier bookmarks. Students place the bookmarks immediately in their novels, making it an easier tool for DURING-READING activity.
In addition to the bookmarks, I have included the pop quizzes that I would give the students after their reading assignments. The quizzes are super brief and I would ask the students to post their five post-it notes on the bottom of the quiz page so that I am certain they're trying to be active during their reading. The questions also are very straightforward and are simply meant to assess whether they completed the reading assignment.