Making Connections Ashley Brown Westwood Elementary, 2005 What are Connections?
What are Connections?
- Connections are links that readers can make between what they are reading and things they already know about.
Why should we make connections?
- Good readers make connections to better understand what they are reading.
How do readers make connections?
- Good readers use their own background knowledge and prior experiences to make connections.
- There are 3 different ways that a reader can make connections …
~ Types of Connections ~
Connection: Text – to - Self
- These are connections that readers make between the text (what you are reading) and their own past experiences and/or background knowledge.
Connection: Text – to - Text
- These are connections that readers make between the text they are reading and other texts the reader has read before.
- Other kinds of texts might include books, poems, scripts, songs, or anything written.
- You could even include movies or television shows that you have seen before.
Connection: Text – to - World
- These are connections that readers make between the text and the bigger issues, events, or concerns of society.
- To make these types of connections the reader must think about what is going on in the world around them.
Response Options for Sharing Connections …
- Verbal Reponses – The reader would discuss the connections they made with a text aloud with others in a group.
- Written Responses – The reader would write the connections they could make with a text down on a sheet of paper or in a response journal.
Ways to Start your Connections …
- “That reminds me of … “
- “Remember when … “
- “This is like … “
- “This character makes me think of …”
- “This setting reminds me of … “
~ Let’s Practice ~
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