This Character Journal Project has previously been used as a "summer homework assignment" for incoming fifth graders. It can be easily modified to use as a vacation homework during the school year, or as a long term reading project.
A letter to families
A suggested book list with many popular titles
The Character Journal Project Guidelines with Writing Prompts
Blank templates for students to write their responses to writing prompts on
A rubric with self/peer assessment
A reading log to record all books read