[ Overview ]

Throughout the year, we will use bookmarks as a means of understanding and processing what we read.

[ Directions ]

  1. Obtain a blank bookmark from Mr. Smith, or make one of your own -- it should be roughly 1/4 of a sheet of paper, sliced the short way (8.5" x 2.75").
  2. Fold your bookmark in half once the short way so that you create four boxes (two on the front of the bookmark, one over the other, and two on the back -- each box should be 4.25" x 2.75").
  3. Label your bookmark with your name and the reading assignment -- title and chapter(s)/page(s).
  4. After you complete the assigned reading, complete the sections as explained below. Consult the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Readersfor more information on these tasks.
    • On the top of side one, summarize the section you read.
    • On the bottom of side one, write at least three questions you have about the reading (either related to your understanding or general open-ended thought).
    • On the top of side two, identify and explain in detail one connection you have with the reading (text-to-text, -self, or -world).
    • On the bottom of side two, explain your person reactions to what happened in the reading.
  5. Submit your bookmark to Mr. Smith during class.

[ Requirements ]

  • You must complete all sections of the bookmark.
  • You must fill each section of the bookmark completely (i.e. your responses in each section must be detailed).

[ Due Date and Grading ]

Bookmarks are due on the same day that the related reading assignment is due. They will be graded for completion (with sufficient detail being a component of completeness). Depending on the reading, specific bookmark grading procedures may vary; see Mr. Smith for details.

[ Examples ]

Below are images (front and back) of two high-quality bookmarks (based on pages 71-80 of Fahrenheit 451).
Bookmark examples (front).jpg Bookmark examples (back).jpg