There are many times when you find that your child/student doesn't want to do an assigned reading or writing. They will find all sorts of excuses to avoid doing the assignment and you find yourself getting frustrated trying to find the way to entice them.
Try having them do a PowerPoint presentation on a subject that interests them. This will involve all of the skills of Reading, Writing, Research, etc. They will have fun finding the right sounds and pictures to go on their slides. This also improves their computer skills.
Instead of fighting with them, your will have them excited and anxious for the next session to work on their project!