Readers also have to pause to THINK about the information they are taking in. We ask questions, think about schema we have filed away on the topic, infer, predict, etc.
So today we decided to pause and save, then pause and think. We read chunks of text together. Partners turned and talked to SAVE, discussing what they thought was important vs interesting. Next they turned and talked to THINK about the information. Simple strategy, but it helped us think about what quality reader's response entries might look like using nonfiction. They might show readers saving important information and thinking about it using strategies or "reading powers" to help them understand the topic more deeply. It also allowed us to notice all the different types of thinking readers do about nonfiction.
I'm hoping pausing to save and pausing to think will build deeper understandings of nonfiction students read. I'm going to start using short nonfiction articles for students to save and think on as a weekly routine, that will hopefully bring on some good discussions on how readers remember, understand and extend meaning of what they read.
Below are some of our anchor charts to guide our thinking.