Making Connections

Making Connections

Students should make connections to the things they read.  Reading should activate prior experiences, and allow students to relate the text (or story) they are reading now to something they have done, seen, or read before.  There are three types of connections: 

  • Text-to-Self Students connect what they are reading to a personal experience or memory.
  • Text-to-Text Students connect this text or story to another text or story they have read.
  • Text-to-World Students connect what they are reading to something they have heard about, seen, or that others have experienced.
  • Text-to-Media Students connect what they are reading to something they have heard about, seen, or listened to in media formats.

 Helpful Hints...

How can you help at home?

After your child reads for homework, ask them to make a connection…and to explain!

Make connections yourself!  Children need to know that adults read and use these strategies, too.  By discussing your own connections to things you read, your child will learn as well!

Making Connections Video

For more practice in making connections, please click here!

Review Game Zone: Elements of Plot and Making Connection Games