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Text Connections

Text connections occur when the reader makes a personal connection from the text with something in their own life, another text, or something occurring in the world. There are three types of text connections: text-to-self (T-S), text-to-text (T-T), and text-to-world (T-W). Text connections are taught best through a meta-cognitive strategy (thinking about your thinking) called "thinking out loud." The teacher reads the text and models their own connection by verbalizing their own thoughts. This gives students a glimpse into the the reader's mind, and helps children to understand that good readers make connections with the texts they read. Good readers make personal connections with the text throughout the reading. Good connections helps readers to use what they already know (prior knowledge; schema) to help them understand the text and create vivid mental images. Good readers use their connections to help make predictions throughout the reading of the text. Good readers learn how to read deeper with more meaning when they make real-world connections to the text. Strong world connections deepens readers understanding of the text and helps them to become critical thinkers. *Story Treasure: a small item given to students to help them recall the story. 

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  Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes 

Reading Level: Beginning of 3rd grade

Story Treasure:    Small picture of a chrysanthemum flower

Teach: Chrysanthemum loves her name until other children make fun of it. Children can connect to how the character feels. Children with unique or unusual names might relate to Chrysanthemum's problem. Children can learn the origin of their name, and where the idea for their name came from. Some of their stories make nice personal narratives.

Connect: Origins of name; Dealing with being teased; Self-esteem; Science - flowers / plants

Author's Website:  Kevin Henkes

  Mud is Cake by Pam Munoz Ryan

Reading Level: Middle of 2nd grade

Story Treasure:   Small picture of a cake

Teach: This is a good book for modeling text connections. Chances are...you will have many connections to the text. Ryan takes us back to our childhood and reminds us of the fun things we did using our imagination, such as making cakes out of mud. *Connect this book to teaching writing ideas. Ryan writes about playing pretend. Can your students write about their playtime?

Connect: Using your imagination; Writing ideas;

Author's Website: Pam Munoz Ryan    Video Interview with Pam Munoz Ryan

 

  Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan

Reading Level: End of 3rd grade

Story Treasure: a small seashell

Teach: Children who have visited the ocean will make lots of connections to the strong sensory images in this text. They will have their own memories and experiences to draw upon as a reading support.

Connect: Science - 5 senses, oceans; Writing - using sensory images, focus on a topic, organization; Social Studies - geography; Poetry

Author's Website: Pam Munoz Ryan  Video Interview with Pam Munoz Ryan

 

  The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Reading Level:  Middle of 2nd grade

Story Treasure:    Small picture of a car

Teach:  Children can connect to visiting relatives, or having relatives visit their home. They will have memories and experiences that will deepen their understanding of this text.

Connect: Writing - personal narratives (family stories); Social Studies - reading a road map, mapping out a trip; Theme - family

Author's Website:  Not Available

  Koala Lou by Mem Fox

Reading Level:  Beginning of 3rd grade

Story Treasure:  Small picture of a koala bear

Teach:  Koala Lou wants her mother's attention. Children can connect to Koala Lou's feelings.

Connect:  Science - koala bears; Social Studies - Australia

Author's Website: Mem Fox  *Mem Fox reads this story aloud on her website.

  Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett

Reading Level:  Middle of 2nd grade

Story Treasure:  (Tasty Treasure) Snack size bag of goldfish crackers

Teach:  Children can connect to receiving a gift they don't want. They can connect to their feelings about having or getting a pet.

Connect:  Science - fish; Character - being grateful

Author's Website:  Kelly Bennett

  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Reading Level:  End of 3rd grade

Story Treasure: Small picture of Austrailia

Teach:  Children can connect to having a bad day. This story is a good one to model your own text-to-self connections as you "think out loud" about your own bad days. Modeled Example for Reading Response Journals

Connect:  Writing - circular text structure, organization, writing with details, pattern story,   Download a pattern book for students to write their own versions of this story; Social Studies - Australia

Author's Website:  Not Available  Watch this story online

 

  Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest by Judith Viorst

Reading Level: End of 3rd grade

Story Treasure:   Email us if you have a great idea for a story treasure for this book.

Teach:  Children can connect with the character's feelings about siblings, as well as their own experiences with being super clean or totally messy.

Connect: Siblings; Family; Cleaning and organizing (clean out those desks); Writing - sibling / family stories

Author's Website:  Not Available

 

   Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Reading Level:  Beginning of 4th grade

Story Treasure: (Tasty Treasure) graham cracker with honey

Teach:  This is a great first day book. The main character struggles with reading throughout her school career. Mr. Falker, her 5th grade teacher realizes she is dyslexic and begins to teach her strategies to help her become a reader. Struggling readers will connect to the character's feelings.

Connect:    Give your students a reading survey at the beginning of the year to discover their feelings and experiences with reading; Themes - family, school, reading

Author's Website:  Patricia Polacco   

  Watch this story online   Video interview with Patricia Polacco

 

  Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

Reading Level:  Middle of 3rd grade

Story Treasure: (Tasty Treasure) a tamale

Teach:  Students can connect to family traditions, and possibly a time when they did something wrong and had to confess.

Connect: Theme - family, multicultural stories, honesty

Author's Website:  Gary Soto

 

  Smoky Night by Eve Bunting

Reading Level:  Middle of 2nd grade

Story Treasure:    Email us if you have a great idea for a story treasure for this book.

Teach: Students can connect to the character's feelings, and consider how they would feel if in the same circumstances.

Connect: Social Studies; multicultural literature; Themes - acceptance, compassion, friendship 

Author's Website:  Not Available    Video Interview with Eve Bunting

 

  Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora

Reading Level:  End of 2nd grade

Story Treasure:  library card

Teach:  This is a great book to read prior to your student's first trip to the school library. Students can connect to their own experiences with reading and visiting the library.

Connect: Library; Themes - friendship, moving, reading, helping another person

Author's Website:  Pat Mora  Video Interview with Pat Mora

 

 
  The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume

Reading Level:  Beginning of 3rd grade

Story Treasure:   Email us if you have a great idea for a story treasure for this book.

Teach: Students can connect to the character's feelings in this book about siblings.

Connect:  Writing - write personal narratives about siblings; Themes - siblings, friendship, family

Author's Website:  Judy Blume

 
  The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola

Reading Level:  Middle of 3rd grade

Story Treasure: a crayon

Teach: Students can connect to the character's feelings. They can connect their own interests, and the challenges they have faced.

Connect:  Art; Theme - perseverence

Author's Website:  Tomie dePaola  Video Interview with Tomie dePaola

 

 
  Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Reading Level:  End of 2nd grade

Story Treasure:    Cut out and color a purse or briefcase

Teach:  Children can connect to Lilly's feelings when she gets something new and wants to share it with her friends and classmates.

Connect:  Show and tell; Theme - patience, sharing

Author's Website: Kevin Henkes

 
  Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Reading Level:  Middle of 2nd grade

Story Treasure:    Email us if you have a great idea for a story treasure for this book.

Teach: Everyone worries about something. Children can connect to their own worrisome feelings.

Connect:  Themes - friendship, worry

Author's Website: Kevin Henkes

 
  Three Brave Women by C.L.G. Martin

Reading Level:  Middle of 3rd grade

Story Treasure: small plastic spider

Teach:  Children can connect to the character's fears with their own fears.

Connect: Themes - family, overcoming fears

Author's Website:  Not Available

 

 

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