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!
Reading Comprehension Printables for any Chapter Book
(T-Chart/Double Entry Journal) This anchor chart is a resource for students to use on how to complete a double journal entry. This strategy allows the students to write what they are thinking and then finding evidence in the text.
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
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Journal Unit Plan. Providing students with a structure and routine while they read a novel is invaluable in the middle school classroom. These chapter journal entries all follow the same structure and provide such a routine for students while reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Students have two tasks to complete for each chapter - a double entry journal and reading comprehension questions.