This is a four page document I use to assess my students' independent novel assignments. After completing a novel, they turn in this packet along with their chapter summaries.
The packet consists of a one-page character analysis chart (adapted from Janet Allen/Scholastic) which requires identifying a character's strengths/weaknesses, values, thoughts, actions, and other characteristics. In addition, students explain a connection they can make to the character.
The second page is a conflict chart where students list examples of different types of conflicts and their outcomes from the novel.
Finally there is a two-page plot diagram which follows Freytag's Pyramid (exposition-rising action-climax-falling action, resolution). The students are required to go back into the novel and find sentences that illustrate these elements of plot. They copy the sentences to make a very concise, intriguing summary of the book. There is a creative writing component on this worksheet also.
I require my high school remedial reading students to read six independent novels during the second semester. Much of the reading is done as homework; however, we spend at least 20 minutes twice a week reading in class. I always found it challenging to determine whether or not a student really read a book--especially when it was something I had not read. The combination of this packet, the chapter summaries, and my "Reading Strategy Exit Slips" (see link below) have made it nearly impossible for the kids to fake it.
Reading Strategy Exit Slips