As an English Teacher, do you inherit students year after year that don't like ELA?! Well, I do. How I try to "tackle" this problem is through comparing Reading and Writing to things that students do (and do well). This 2 page handout will help students make connections to personal things that are interesting to them and being a strong reader and writer.
For instance, as a novice scuba diver, I know that there's many steps that I need to take in order to prepare for a dive. I share these steps with my students and encourage them to share activities in there lives that they enjoy to do that have multiple steps (i.e. getting ready for hockey practice, playing an instrument in the band, caring for a pet, etc.). Once we've shared some examples, now it's time to connect their examples to writing (Writing Process).
How about Reading?! I person doesn't become a strong reader over night... One must practice, gain strategies, make connections, etc. Well, without knowing it, students are strong at things that take the same kind of commitment!! Now's their chance to see how being a good basketball player, painter or horseback rider is actually similar to becoming a strong reader..