In the past I have used a strategy that involves making predictions using vocabulary words and narrative text structure.
The way it works is simple. As you read through the text you will need to pull out important words (about 10-15 words) from three different categories: characters, setting, and plot. It's important to make sure that it isn't super obvious which category words belong in because the discussion that happens between the students is very valuable.
Here's a few pictures of my students from last year at work.
Here's a freebie so you can try it in your own class.
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