I love having the students do journal writing over whatever novel we a reading. For Sign of the Beaver, I had the students make their own journals from construction paper and notebook paper. As we are reading I have them write from Matt's point of view. They are resposible for making sure that they use the correct format, show the characters emotions, have evidence from the text, and doodle or illustrate what they have written about. My students are loving this... especially my TITLE group. In the front of the journal, we glued the rubric so that they would nkow exactly how I would be grading their journals. You can find the rubric here. The depth of their thought so far has been AMAZING!! :)
If you use journal writing while doing a novel study, I would love to hear your input!
(Sorry about the image quality... my blackberry does not take the best pictures. )