We are not at the end of the Lent term and it’s a Holidayyyy, the heat is on to get those holiday reading books finished! How then, do you read in an effort to finish the task, but more importantly to learn from and remember the books you read?.

This varies depending on the age of the student as well as their learning preferences. But generally speaking, the idea is to make learning visible. A few things that we might need are a highlighter, some markers, and maybe even your computer, and let’s go!


A few questions might be asked on this subject matter, what is Highlighting? What is “highlight-worthy?” How much highlighting is too much? Are colors important? The answer is simpler, yet more complicated than you think. Let’s take them one at a time.

Highlighting according to the online dictionary is simply defined draw special attention to, in this context we talk about drawing attention to a phrase or a word that you would want to remember when reading an article or a book and we do this using a HIGHLIGHTING PEN (we have the highlighters too for e-books). Every learner is different when it comes to highlighting. Some brains find it easiest to highlight very little, while others highlight almost everything. The best practice is really to do what you feel most comfortable doing.

One thing that is constant is that the process of highlighting should not stop you long enough to make your brain have to re-focus on the content after you are through.Those being said, highlight small pieces of information - names, personality traits, examples of foreshadowing, important quotes… Then once you come to a stopping point, go back and write out WHY you highlighted that particular thing.


It’s always a good idea to have students summarize what they have read. Typically, teachers have students summarize at the end of each chapter. A few short bullet points written directly in the book usually fits the bill. Just like every book we read we also find the summary at the back usually written by the Author.

However, we can switch it up a bit. Do you know that summarizes don’t necessarily have to be done as texts? It can also be pictorial representation of what was read, an event that was described in the book. These can be kept in sequential order for review closer to the start of school. Use them as a reference to retell the story orally. The more details in the pictures, the more details to be recalled in the review process.


Discussing is a great way to cement learning of content. Be it to a friend, parent, teacher or anybody who is ready to actually listen. It is actually cool to summarize or highlight but nothing beats discussing what you read with someone.

During the holiday do not get bothered because your summer reading is still not finished (or even started)! Instead, cool down with these cool ideas to read and retain.

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