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" (also available on this site--students complete these after the in-class reading sessions) have made it nearly impossible for the kids to fake it.