A teacher I follow on Twitter, really a leader in the field, told me about a PDF put together by a librarian at Harvard for their incoming freshman. The doc helps them to read critically by following six steps.
We think its worth looking at and asking
How many of these six steps to critical reading skills do you teach your students?
I think sixth grade
I probably use/teach five of the steps on a regular bases.
Preview - I always preview the text with the student and encourage them to do so when reading outside of the classroom.
Annotating- I teach/use some annotating techniques, but I can't allow students to write in their books.
Outline and Summarize - the students use concept maps, plot diagrams, and the good old 50 word written summary.
Conceptualize - I need to work on this area
Compare and Contrast - Used often via Venn diagram and character maps