As an assessment for the different parts of the novel including plot and conflict I have my students make a soundtrack for a movie? With the rate that popular books are becoming movies today here is the chance. Have your students create the soundtrack for a book they have been reading, independently or as a whole class. They write why they feel each song works with a certan part of the book and explains it to you in writing.
ADAPT to fit your needs: I have one student who struggled with writing so we worked on this as a presentation which he gave in front of the whole class using the music clips along with it.
I give this project at the end of independent reading, so that students can reflect on the whole novel. I give students about a week to complete, but if working with the novel as they go would give 4 weeks total.