The following is a major assignment that I use for the duration of my junior AP choice novel war unit (along with The Kite Runner, Obasan, and The Things They Carried), but the assignment would be appropriate for any level of class studying Cold Mountain.
Students are required to highlight and make annotations in their novels based on specific guidelines. This assignment allows students the opportunity to practice critical thinking skills as they read closely for rhetorical devices (themes, symbolism, character development, syntax, figurative language, etc.) rather than just reading for plot.
Included in the instructions are alternatives for students who have school-issued novels.