Research has proven that students can dramatically improve comprehension through the teaching of explicit reading strategies; i.e. connecting, inferring, questioning, visualizing, determining importance, synthesizing, and summarizing. I have been teaching my students these strategies for years and have seen the benefits for years now. Every year I make thinking helpers (bookmarks) that the students can keep in their books to help them code their thoughts and text as they record their thinking on thinkmarks or sticky notes.
A fellow GCT Daniel Rezac shared a very pertinent and related post on using this idea in Google Docs through the use of the comment feature. Thanks Dan!
Feel free to redistribute this think helper! The PDF should be cut to size and the helper should be used as a bookmark.