Book Club Posting:
My last two weeks’ readings for Book Club was I Won’t Read And You Can’t Make Me — a book that is rich in anecdote and practical in the classroom for ELA teachers written by Marilyn Reynolds, an experienced English teacher who also wrote Love Rules and seven other fictional novels.
The primary purpose of the book I Won’t Read and You Can’t Make Me is to provide ELA teachers with practical application. The author has included Possible Journal Topics (99-100) and Simple Ways to Encourage a Reading Habit (113), and she has also tried to convince the teachers in encouraging them to “offer reality checks to the broader public, and one of the most efficient and effective ways to do that is through publication of letters and opinion pieces in newspaper, and other periodicals that reach a wide readership” (74). Reynolds uses her personal teaching experience in M. H. S. and her struggling at first with her dealing with the reluctant readers who are the victims of poverty, abuse, drugs, alcoholism, mental illness, and who have repeatedly failed the standard curriculum. Since the situation is so discouraging, readers can’t help wondering why she chooses to stay. Reynolds gives us a gentle and vivid answer, “Perhaps I stayed because of the angel bending over me whispering ‘grow, grow’” (4). Yes, we can see from her book that Reynolds herself is the angel….Anybody wants to read it? Hey, you definitely make the right choice. By L. L.