Over the last term I have been trying to come up with higher order thinking (hot) reading activities with a create focus, in the hope that it will increase student's engagement and reading levels. So far results look promising. Most students have made at least 6 months progress with a couple making a year or more. Students appear to be more engaged in their reading and are keen to get to the create activity which is nice to see.
One challenge I've encountered is coming up with an engaging hot activities every week. They often take a long time to prep. To make life easier I have been using similar activities with different reading groups, differentiating them to suit the groups reading levels. I've also tried to create activities that could be used again in the future with various texts.