Underlines, boxes, arrows, highlighted passages- many of them work for most of the students. I KNOW one that can work for ALL students and you can teach it right now with my guarantee.
This strategy was first presented to me in a nifty book, Six Way Paragraphs. Thanks, Robin! Among the other ‘tricks’ presented the one that sticks the most is:
To read the passage’s answers first.
Begin with the end in mind! I want to see those pumpkins turning straight to the end and reading the questions that will be asked and their corresponding answers.
When testers do this they have some idea of what to look for when reading the actual testing passage.
They can still use their toolbox techniques that have been presented in their classroom. Adding one more!