Well, give us an idea of how that looks in your classroom. Who's doing the reading? You? The kids? Are they reading aloud, or is it silent? This is what I do when I read a novel. Granted, I teach in a French Immersion class, so I have to focus a little more on vocab and grammar to REALLY be sure they understand but here goes: I break my novel up into 3 chapter groups. At the beginning of every 3 chapters, they get vocab for those 3 chapters, in context. I ask them to try and figure out what the word means based on the context given. We then discuss, and together we write the correct definition. Sometimes I read to the kids. Because it's an immersion class, it's important for them to have a model for accent, pronunciation, etc. Sometimes I have them read aloud as a class, with each person taking a paragraph. Sometimes I have them read aloud in small groups. If I have them read silently, it's usually to finish a chapter for homework. We stop regularly to discuss what we have read and to make sure we all understand what is going on. While we read, the students have comprehension questions that they answer (basic recall questions). At the end of every three chapters, the students have a writing assignment where they have to reflect on the theme or what they would have done in a similar situation, etc. I usually give a quiz after every 6 chapters (it's an 18 chapter book). Our novel is about time travel, so at the end of the novel, we watch Back to the Future. They then have to compare and contrast the movie and the book.