One page graphic organizer that asks students to look for characterization, motif, plot points, literary devices, and important quotations. Students are also required to use critical thinking and analysis.
Very easy to grade. Students can also work in pairs and groups to complete them in a collaborative environment (and cut down on your grading).
Idea: If students consistently earned an A or B on their notes, I allowed them to use their completed notes on the final exam and/or final essay. Great motivation and incentive that increased learning and work ethic.