Students need reminders when they learn reading strategies. Bookmarks are a great way to give students a handy tip sheet of facts and strategies for improving their reading. You can make your own and print them on card stock, and your students can use them in their independent reading books. Then when they get stuck on their reading strategies, they will have a reference right between the pages.

Guiding Questions

  1. One section of your bookmark can include questions to guide students' reading of the text. Ask questions about the story itself, such as:
    Who are the characters in this book?
    How can you describe them?
    Where does this book take place?
    What has happened so far in your reading?
    These questions help students recall the information from the story and retain it as they read. If they keep notes on this type of information, it will be easier for them to perform well on reading assessments or reading checks that you may assign in your classroom. Sometimes, just remembering what they have read is a big challenge for struggling readers, so asking guided review questions can assist students in building that skill.

This strategy can be employed during any history reading. The bookmark could contain questions to remind the reader of the importance of signifigant people, events and dates when reading a text book or primary source. Also plots and characters in any other fiction or non-fiction reading as mentioned above.