I don't think the homework pass needs to be offensive even though I totally understand and have witnessed schools filled with children whose families are living in poverty or are simply struggling to make ends meet. However, the pass could be effective when the student reads the book and turns in a brief feedback on what he or she did/ did not like. Also, for any books that seem especially worthwhile, the same pass could be offered for a book review checked out of a library. Anything that teachers can do to encourage reading is just as worthwhile as one night's homework worksheet.
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