This layered curriculum assignment will help your students connect with their outside reading books. There are 3 levels worth a total of 100 points. Level one focuses on defining, identifying, and describing. Level 2 focuses on interpreting, responding, and analyzing. The third level requires students to write an argument, and organize their portfolio. I have adapted this from an assignment I created for a class of students so as to work the kinks out of it.
A rubric is included for your grading ease. This is a very hands off assignment for you, and a very hands on assignment for your students.
Please feel free to modify this project in any way to best suit the needs of your students and your classroom.