I love reading. I love reading to students and I love discussing books with kids when they care about the book. I love watching them challenge and predict what's going to happen in the text.
... and it's that very love that makes me hate making them read.
Every once in a while, I allow free read time in class. I take the kids to the library beforehand to insure they have a book they'd enjoy, but somehow the kids who hate reading the most are also the only kids who always have overdue fines. They're also the ones who are unjustly charged these fines--imagine that. Many times, they're the kids who want their reading scores to magically rise.
Planning for free read time this Friday has reminded me of all that struggle and caused me to dream of a rap artist sponsored reading promotion. Imagine the photos, these are just the captions.
Read Or Die
(this particular poster would have to feature Sean PuffyPDiddyDaddy
Combs, a la Rock The Vote)
Books Are Your Daddy
Other poster ideas?