It's hard to fit in independent reading when you have curriculum to keep up with. I decided my students needed time to read, because lets be honest, low income students aren't reading at home, and somehow I was going to fit it into their school week. We read every Monday and we fill out this graphic organizer in our journals.
It gives the students more direction while reading, and the opportunity make connections to the reading and their own life or the world around them.
It includes spaces for the following:
Rating system and explanation
A choice that impacted the story
Double entry journal
All on a half sized sheet so it will be easy to paste into a composition notebook.