Miss Dee documented the way she digests difficult passages in literature. Here is her flow step-by-step:
“Step 1: Identify the genre and topic of the passage.
Step 2: Look for Topic Sentences and supporting evidence and explanations.
Step 3: Draw links -> look out for connectors
Step 4: Use one-line summary for each paragraph to remind yourself what you have read.
Step 5: Ask yourself questions if you find something interesting. You might find the answer as you read further.”
Visit her blog to view the original posting it contains screenshots of papers and her own annotations: Thinking About Thinking – Disecting “Difficult” Passages
There are other interesting postings on education on her blog. I recommend paying her a visit.