This reading response assignment is basically my best friend. I (and every teacher I know) assign 20 minutes of reading as homework every night. Very few of our students actually do this. This is a funny assignment that ensures the students are benefiting from all of that reading!
This assignment is great because it a) Ensures they actually do it.
b) Makes students more aware of what they are choosing to read (and gives you some insight into their choices)
c) Gets them thinking critically about their reading
d) Gives you solid, regular assessment of their reading comprehension in a way that is consistent for easy tracking, but never dull as they are selecting their own books.
It contains details on assessment to be given to the students, as well as a page of mini-assessment scales to save your photocopying budget!
I generally mark them all, then have students select their best and use it to create a book review/advertisement/ etc.