Case in point: I am working with a reading group that has been reading some of the Horrible Harry books. One time when I was away, I left instructions for them to read through the next couple of chapters. When I returned the next day, I asked them to tell me about what they had read. I also asked them some questions about details and events in the chapters. It was interesting to see that they could tell me very little about what they had read. I decided that we needed to do more directed reading to change this.
I created some questions and activities for the chapters and thus began my guided reading novel studies.
I have since created several different guides. These have been very helpful as discussion activities and they have helped the children look for different features while reading.
This helps them to focus on specific questions as they read through the book and they need to write down the evidence that shows where they found their answers.