We all know that good readers are actively thinking as they read. Often times our students read a text without ever really engaging their minds in the content they are reading about.
While the chart from this lesson is simple enough, the file includes organized sentence starters to help students put their thinking and questions into words. Additionally, the sentence starters help struggling readers understand the type of thinking that helps them engage better with the text.
This lesson can be used with fiction or non-fiction, with short stories or articles, or longer chapters or novel sections. While I am a Language Arts teacher, I can easily see this reading strategy used effectively for content area reading. Additionally, this lesson can used repeatedly throughout the school year and from grade-to-grade to help build reading skills. The lesson can be a whole class activity, group/partner activity or individual assignment. If the chart is completed in a learning notebook, students can return to their previous charts to self-evaluate the improvement of their thinking over time.