Let’s talk about…Modeling METACOGNITION and making TEXT CONNECTIONS while reading. Both of these strategies are some of the most proven strategies we can use to teach comprehension.
While this is pretty easy to say, it is not always so easy to get our students to actually put those connections in place and think deeply about the text they are reading.
As I have said in several other blog posts, I LOVE, LOVE Tanny McGregor’s book, Comprehension Connections.
Tanny spends a great deal of time discussing and explaining how students need to be able to make connections with the text they are reading.
There are three main ways that students MUST be able to connect to books:
1. Text-to-Self Connections are connections that are made when a person is able to connect a book they are reading to their very own life experiences.
2. Text-to-Text Connections are connections that are made when a person is able to connect a book they are reading to another book they have read in the past.
3. Text-to-World Connections are connections that are made when a person is able to connect a book they are reading to events in the real world.
Below are FREE Text Connections anchor charts that you can use during a series of mini-lessons with your students. I briefly explain that there are three types of connections that GOOD READERS make. Then I will spend three or four days on each different connection. I always start with Text-to-Self because students can easily identify with this type of connection.
Click on the photo above to get a Text Connection set for yourself.
This is part of a much, much larger download that uses an interactive Brain Buddies System and reading folder that focuses on having students work and learn together as partners.
How do you help your students to MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH TEXT?