As they are reading, they should look to answer the questions that go along with their selected choice. For example, if the student chose to work on characters, then they would try to answer the questions: Who are they? What traits do they have? How are they changing throughout the story? As they find answers to these questions, they just sticky-note it!
Once they have placed their sticky note in their book, they spend time writing a journal entry. They write information about the book, and then answer the questions. Many students enjoy writing direct quotes from the story as evidence, and then providing an explanation. They are then able to display their deeper understanding of the story!
As they read their books, they fill their book with great ideas and connections. Once they have finished reading, they can look back at what they have learned and noted. They can remind themselves of important ideas and thoughts they had as they were reading, and notice how their thinking and reading skills have improved!