I have my students do silent reading in every class period.
I'm reading the book ahead of them and I'm creating a worksheet for them as I go along. It includes the following:
- questions about the reading. Some is factual so I know they are really paying attention and understand the text, and others require higher level thinking.
- I have a wide range of readers, so I wasn't sure about the vocabulary. I created a blank vocabulary chart for them, they have thesauruses, so if they must look up a word, they're asked to write down the word with the meaning. Because I told them this is not mandatory, they're all skipping through it
but it's not a big deal.
- I have a self-reflection part at the end of every chapter.
2 pages for each chapter.
- This book is an autobiography, so it doesn't really have 1 conflict, resolution, etc. But I will have them do some writing based on the book, maybe about the theme, or character analysis, or an autobiography, etc.
If I was doing a novel with the class, I would do the same thing, create questions and go over them as we're reading the book. I would actually look up specific vocabulary from the book, and would spend some time on it.
I got this idea from when I was student teaching in 8th grade, and we were reading My brother Sam is Dead. My master teacher provided me with a packet, and it was the way I just described it (questions, vocab). I think it's straight forward, it's not hard to create, as long as you do it when you're reading the novel.