My freshmen hate to read. Really. Hate. To. Read.
Books suck. Books are boring. Books are a waste of time.
They feel the same way about writing, but that's another post
So, I did what any book loving nerd would do. I ordered great new books. Pulled great old books off the shelf and started a young adult novel unit. I, of course, was met with groans.
"What? I have to read this is 15 days! I'll never finish it by then." This student had proudly proclaimed they had never read an entire book.
"I hate to read." Yea, 'cause I didn't get that from all the whining you have done every time I tell you to pull out a book.
"Do you have anything short?"
"Do we have to read again today?" Yep. Every day for fifteen days.
Slowly. Ever so slowly. The voices are changing their tune.
"Do we get to read today?" What?
"Hey. That book looks good. What's it about?" You're talking about books?????
"Can I read that book when she's done with it?"
"Are we going to do this again?" Really? You want to read another book?
Could it be I'll make readers out of them yet?