I have found out that writing side notes while reading lengthy texts ( and even shorter ones) helps in monitoring your understanding, or the lack of it, of the material.
I encourage (and require to a certain degree) my Grade 6 students to write
-comments about the characters
-personal thoughts related to the story
-summarizing words ( use of brackets)
-revelations (e.g. I can’t understand this part.)
The good thing about it is their side notes could be in either Filipino or English.
Now, I’m seeing improvement in how they respond to the reading assignments I give. (The selections in our book are really loooong–excerpted from young adult novels.)
And mind you, they enjoy interacting with the story.