By simply allowing students to respond to a book in a manner that is self chosen already rises the Depth of Knowledge to evaluation when students must make a decision based on the criteria of what they must share. Here's a little list of non-digital ways to respond to literature: 50 ways to respond to literature
Here are a few tools that can help step up a book response, fiction or non-fiction. The teacher would set the expectations with a rubric of must haves, but students would drive the look and feel and vision of their analysis of the reading.
Create a Video Cast:You don't need a fancy camera to do a video cast. An IPad, computer with a camera, smart phone or a small camera with video option should do the trick. The student would create the backdrop and they may either do a head shot of just show their images.
Besides IMovie here are some video presentations applications:
Create an Infograph
My favorite Web 2.0 tool of the moment is easel.ly consider the many ways students could use an interactive map like the one below to respond to literature.. Fiction or Non-fiction .. writing follows a path. The elements of this visual are easy to manipulate, copy, delete redesign into a personal reflection.
Create a Wall
Padlet is a great Web 2.0 tool for creating a "wall" This is essentially a visual rich web page that relates to a subject or theme. Here's an example of a Non-fiction collection on Caesar
Fakebook I have not tried this tool myself, but a few friends have reported that they used it to have students create a "Fakebook Page" for a character in a book or a Historical Biographic piece.
Goodwin, Bryan, and Kirsten Miller. "Research Says / Nonfiction Reading Promotes Student Success." Educational Leadership 70.4 (2012): 80-82. ASCD. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Web. 2 Feb. 2014. <ascd.org>.