I think self-monitoring is an important lesson. The first thing I do is ask if anyone has ever been reading a book and suddenly realized that they had no idea what was going on. Everyone can raise their hand on that one, teacher included. We then discuss how readers self-monitor to keep meaning.
model of the 3-2-1 Nonfiction Reading Strategy Graphic Organizer. It was 1st modeled by the T on how to complete it, then the kids completed one at a station. Being able to read informational texts effectively is a fundamental quality of successful readers. After reading nonfiction books or articles, this graphic organizer helps st. summarize what they have learned.
Great resources/ downloads...pictured: caracter traits (includes activity and another printable on inferring character traits from actions.) Also, at link printables for types of conflict and common themes in literature... I want to explore this blogger's site more!
Though this is done by a 5th grade teacher it could be easily adapted to a 6th grade classroom. TURN AND TALK 5th grade teacher shares how she sets up Turn and Talk at the beginning of the year and the benefits of using the turn and talk strategy.