Make a paper with three sections on it. In each section make a place to draw a picture and to write a few lines, label it beginning, middle, end. I find that a lot of students struggle with the idea of beginning middle and end in stories. They also get some hands on practice summarizing. You could also demonstrate the difference between plagiarizing and summarizing with this center!
Have students rate books, Make a form where they write the title & author, draw a picture, short summary and tell why they did or did not like it. Teach them how to use the data to pick better books (same author, look at the back for descriptions)