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Making Connections! Readers use their schema(background knowledge) to make connections while reading!

You can make a connection in three different ways.Text-to- Self, Text-to-Text, or Text-to-World.

Eleni Xydias

on 19 October 2012

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Transcript of Making Connections! Readers use their schema(background knowledge) to make connections while reading!

Making Connections! Readers make personal connections to the story or text they are reading by activating their schema(background knowledge).

It is important to active a reader's schema, before, during, and after reading. Text-to-Text
(T-T) Text-to-World
(T-W) There are three different ways readers make connections. Text-to-Self
(T-S) "Oh, I did that once!"
"That happened to me before!"
"I went there!" Text-to-Self refers to when readers make a connection between the text and a personal experience. Document can be found at http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/worksheets/reading/text_self.pdf The link below will bring you to a website that has a sample lesson for Text-to-Self connection. It is from ReadingLady.com and was written by Cheri Summ. http://www.readinglady.com/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=16 She also has included a Word or PDF attachment for Making T-S Connections T-Chart and a Word or PDF attachment of another T-S lesson in the above link! Sometimes when we read, we are reminded of other things we have read, other books by the same author, stories that are similar, or even books on the same topic. This type of connection is known as Text-to-Text (T-T).
“This character has the same problem that I read about in a story last year."
"Something similar happened to the Gingerbread Boy!" http://www.readinglady.com/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=17 The following website is from ReadingLady.com. Cheri Summ has provided a Text-to-Text Connection Lesson Plan with Word or PDF attachments. Her lesson was generated for a 2nd grade classroom. Text-to-Text Big and.... ... small Text-to-text:
What does this remind me of in another book I’ve read?
How is this text similar to other things I’ve read?
How is this different from other books I’ve read?
Have I read about something like this before http://www.adsit.net/default.php?Submit=Photo_Gallery&Menu=Literacy&SubMenu=Reading_Comprehension_Posters http://www.mrsjumpsclass.com/readersworkshop.htm This type of connection is made between the text and something that is occurring or has occurred in the world.

(http://www.effectiveteachingsolutions.com/texttoworldposterpdf.pdf) Text-to-World What does this remind me of in the real world?
How is this text similar to things that happen in the real world?
How is this different from things that happen in the real world?
How did that part relate to the world around me? http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/making-connections-30659.html There are different ways a teacher can access how students use prior knowledge to understand a text.
The teacher can take anecdotal-informal-notes
The teacher can use conference sheets
The teacher can use a Making Connection T-Chart
Observations and Group Shares are some more informal ways a teacher can use for assessment
Major Point Interview found in Mosaic of Thought (Keene & Zimmerman, 1997). (This assessment can be given as an interview or in written response form. The Major Point Interview assesses the student’s ability to use the strategy through a series of questions. The students’ answers are scored using a rubric. ) Assessments http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/literacy/comprehension_strategies.html#connections

This website has all the comprehension strategies and when you click on Making Connections, it scrolls you down so you can read about all the different ways students make connections. Click on the different lessons and activities that are listed (many of which have been sited in this Prezi).

This website has Making Connection Poster in PDF formats, a
<----Making Connections Workmat and Making connections bookmarks. In addition, this page lists many books that teachers can use for Making Connections.

The above is an awesome PDF created by Debbie Draper, DECS Curriculum Consultant, Northern Adelaide. It has absolutely EVERYTHING you may need to get started in your Making Connections Lessons. She has included lesson plans, resources, posters, activities, printouts, assessments(Major Point Interview), rubric for making connections and much more! ----------->


Another great resource that offers lessons, books, printables, extension ideas, and much more for Making Connections! The creator of the site has all the above mentions materials for Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-


Please visit the above website and click on Picture Book List for Modeling Strategies.pdf to have an awesome picture book list for comprehension strategies! Also, there are more documents listed on the website for additional picture book lists for reading skills! Some additional resources
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