Making Connections to Text


ELAR-Grade-7 Personal Narrative Making Connections to Text
Students identify the different types of connections that can be made while reading. Then, they read an assigned text and monitor the connections they make while reading. Next, they use active reading strategies on a self-selcted text, monitoring their comprehension and evaluating how their connections help contribute to their overall understanding of the text.

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Overview

In this experience, students identify the different types of connections that can be made while reading (text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world). Then, they read an assigned text and monitor the connections they make while reading. Next, they use active reading strategies on a self-selcted text, monitoring their comprehension and evaluating how their connections help contribute to their overall understanding of the text.

Note that in scene 3 students make connections to a self-selected text. You should have them select the text before the beginning of the experience. They should choose a story or a novel that they have read or are reading.

Objectives

  • Identify and define connections that can be made while reading.
  • Monitor comprehension and adjust reading to maintain understanding.
  • Evaluate how making connections contribute to the overall understanding of the text.

Duration

One or two class periods.

Vocabulary Words in “Jack the Giant Killer”

  • dwelt: lived
  • abode: home
  • revenge: to get even with someone for an injury or insult
  • arrogant: viewing oneself with too much self-importance
  • griffins: an imaginary beast with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion


Good readers are active readers, interacting with the text, thinking about what they are reading, and adjusting their reading to maintain comprehension and understanding. In this experience, you will be making connections to both assigned and self-selected texts. While making connections, you will evaluate how these connections help you to better understand what you are reading.

Objectives

  • Identify connections that can be made while reading.
  • Monitor comprehension and adjust reading to maintain understanding.
  • Evaluate how making connections contribute to the overall understanding of the text.




Imagine that you are a journalist and you have the opportunity to interview your favorite character from a book you have read or a movie you have seen.


State your favorite character’s name and what book or movie he or she is from. Then write a list of questions that you would like to ask the character during the interview.

Post your answer

Have students share their responses. Draw attention to responses that focus on connecting and relating to the character.


When you can relate to a character or action of the story, you often become more involved with the story and your understanding is greater. In the rest of the experience, you will examine and analyze the different types of connections you can make while reading and use those connections to monitor and improve your comprehension.


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