This type of "instruction" has been increasingly mocked in the last decade for good reason. However, many have taken this mocking to mean that we should not read textbooks or take notes anymore. No, that's not my take on the mocking. My take is that we need to choose good texts and make sure to give the ourselves a structure to build our own individual understanding of what the text presents. That's what we will deal with here, the structure that allows our students to build their own understanding of the content presented by a text.
Let's start with a couple of metaphors. First, the warriors. We need to become Warrior Learners and practice Warrior Learning. I like this romanticized version of Uncas from James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans.
Now that we've remade ourselves as Learning Warriors (and this is an ongoing process that takes some much longer than others), on to the next metaphor. It's time to eat. We're going to treat our reading assignment as if we're going to eat a baked potato. When served, the potato can look something like this: