I passed out Reading Inventories today to find that none of my students admit to reading outside of class much less in class. Sigh... I tried to subtly point out the fact that this might have something to do with not passing the reading portion of their Reading Grad test. I don't think it worked.
So, this is what I told them.
1. Of course, we need to pass this test.
2. Reading is good for us.
And when all else fails ..
3. Make it or fake it. - In order to comprehend what one reads - a person either has to make a purpose for reading it - or fake it.
I've talked about good ole #3 before. Teachers, bosses, grandparents, and just about anyone will hand something to us at some point in our lives. And for goodness sake, there comes a time when we have to read it - because that person is expecting us to. At this time, FAKE a reason to read it - We should talk ourselves into loving it... Change our attitudes about what we are reading...
Yes dearies - in other words, it means opening our minds to something new we never thought we'd care to know about.