Lesson 1 Explicit Information versus Drawing Conclusions Identify the difference between explicit information and drawing conclusions.
Lesson 2 Text–to–Self Connections Identify and describe personal connections to the text.
Lesson 3 Text–to–Text Connections Identify and describe connections between one text and another.
- As you read stories aloud, chart student connections, and label them as text–to–self, text–to–text, or text–to–world.
- Display visual reminders in the classroom for students to make text–to–self, text–to–text and text–to–world connections as they read independently. (Posters A, B, and C are provided below in Teacher and Student Materials.)
- Have students read Explicit Information and Drawing Conclusions reading passages provided on the website and answer the questions, labeling them as Explicit Information or Drawing Conclusions.
- Have students choose two books (preferably from the same author) and make connections between the two stories. (See Additional Activity A.)
- After reading a text, have students complete a graphic organizer to make connections between themselves and the text. (See Additional Activity C.)
- After students finish reading a book, have students complete a Journal Connection page, making connections to the text. You can copy a set for each student and staple them together or place them in a folder so students can refer back to them. (See Additional Activity B.)
- During read aloud sessions or when reading books in reading groups, record any questions or thoughts that students have about the text. If students are reading independently, have them record their questions or thoughts in a journal. Later, return to the questions and thoughts to draw conclusions about what was read.
- Social Studies is a good time to make text-to-world connections. Point out connections between some topics and others (text–to–world) and connections between some topics and fiction books read in class (text–to–text). For example, while studying Black History, make connections between what the class already knows about famous African Americans and stories read aloud in class.