This is such a great reading and writing activity that you can use with any novel in your middle school classroom! I love the idea of incorporating student choice as well :) A great classroom resource!
If you use journals in your classroom (or interactive reading notebooks) this is a great example of a double entry journal so students understand the expectations that are being asked of them. Leave it up as an anchor chart all year long!
Double-Entry Journal FREE printable and lesson ideas. Students record ideas and situations from texts in one column, and their reactions in the second, thus making a connection between the text and themselves, another text, or the world
Reading Comprehension Printables for any Chapter Book