Reading journals include three sections: what you noticed (i.e. looking for patterns); what you liked; and what you wondered. This has worked very well as a frame for reading.
The kids decided they wanted to read most/all of the text before they did any serious analysis tasks-- and we're working on #flipclass skills (journaling, talking to each other in an academic kind of way, using evidence, taking quality notes, etc.) anyway. I will write more about our #flipclass bootcamp later. Kudos to Karl for the idea and Cheryl for the assistance in execution.