Dialectical journals are an effective and interactive way for students to reflect on and respond to their reading. I am using this type of journaling as homework for my 8th grade students, completing at least three journal entries per week. However, you can modify it to meet the needs of your younger and/or older readers.
By having your student document & reflect upon important quotes as they read literature you are helping them to identify what is meaningful and pertinent to them.
Once they have completed their journal entry you can form literature groups and have the students discuss their journal entries with one another.
This is a great way to target that often scary but ever present Fig. 19 in your TEKS which is heavily tested on the STAAR.