Giving students tools to annotate text effectively can allow them to delve into organized thinking about it. Then they are left with color-coded, thoughtful notes to use for classroom discussion, graphic organizers, and outlines! Major memory booster, to boot!
Here, we used markers to color-code information that matched our "big bucket" topics. Printing out the article allows for margin notes. And paraphrasing text prepares students for analyzing quotes in their drafts.