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Blue Ribbon Readers: Making Connections
Model for young readers how to make the shift from passive to active reading by making text-to-self and text-to-text connections. After a series of activities that provide guided practice, the focus shifts to making text-to-words connections.
K - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Children Making Text to Self Connections Through Reading and Their Environment
Students determine how to make connections between the stories they read to their community. In this text connection lesson, students take a mental walk through their own community before listening to Lisa Bullard's, My Neighborhood; Places and Faces.
Pre-K - K English Language Arts
Lesson Plan Aid for Book Punch- A Lion to Guard Us
Readers examine the book A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla about a girl who undertakes a risky sea-journey to America to find her father in the 1600s. Writing prompts and questions guide character exploration, text-to-self connections, and vocabulary development from the text.
3rd English Language Arts
Lesson Plan Aid for Book Punch: Sarah, Plain and Tall
Lead your class through various literacy activities based on the text, Sarah, Plain and Tall. Vocabulary and characters are examined, and kids also make text-to-self connections. While the worksheets referenced in the lesson are only available from Book Punch, vocabulary lists, writing prompts, discussion questions, and reading checks are included in the lesson.
3rd English Language Arts
New Review Making Inferences
The ability to make inferences is an important skill. Provide your class with some practice. This resource includes several different passages with which learners are required to practice inferring. They read each passage and respond to the questions, noting down textual evidence when asked.
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Build a Connection
Learners discuss their personal connections with stories they've read in the past and identify techniques to connect with more stories. They create illustrations, construct task cards, and complete sentence stems based on books they read to develop a more intimate connection with the story.
2nd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Reading Strategies for Decoding Tricky Words
Help primary school pupils learn valuable reading strategies. As they choral read a poster or big book, they predict covered words and learn various reading strategies for figuring out an unknown word. This will help them gain an understanding of the alphabetic principle of associating sounds with letters in order to decode tricky words.
K - 2nd English Language Arts
Building Background Knowledge: Colonial Craftspeople
In the first lesson of this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders gain background knowledge of different jobs performed by early colonists. The class begins with a slide show presentation that includes a variety of great photographs depicting different trades in colonial America, during which learners work in small groups to take notes and make inferences about each occupation.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Lesson Plan Aid for Book Punch- Little House in the Big Woods
Fourth graders experience various literacy activities based on the book,Little House in the Big Woods. In this literacy instructional activity, 4th graders explore the main characters and develop text to self connections.
4th English Language Arts
R.A.C.E. Writer's Checklist and Organizer
Young writers will surely remember this acronym while they are writing! Each letter prompts pupils to include a different aspect of a brief constructed response. The resource includes a checklist as well as a graphic organizer that learners can use to compose their responses while remembering each step of the acronym.
3rd - 8th English Language Arts
War Powers Act and the Constitution
The strength of this plan, which focuses on the War Powers Act, is in the included supplementary materials. Class members read several provided documents, take notes, and discuss their opinions and then deliberate within small groups or partnerships.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Growing Minds: Garden Planning
School gardens are rich in cross-curricular learning opportunities! Excellent ideas put learners in charge of organizing and planning. Begin with a book about gardening (recommended titles provided), and discuss learners' prior knowledge and associations with gardening.
K - 5th Health CCSS: Designed
Text-to-Self Connections: Strengthening Reading Comprehension
You'll need to choose your own reading passages to use with this resource, but it clarifies the importance of text-to-self connections in strong reading comprehension. Anything you know that relates to a piece of writing can help illuminate it and make it relevant.
10th - 12th 21st Century Skills
A Research Toolkit of 12 Reading Strategies for the Foreign Language Classroom
Learning to read is not a simple task, but there are methods for assisting pupils as they develop literacy skills. The first four pages of this resource include information about language development and reading development, as well as various strategies with a focus on English language learners.
7 mins 1st - 12th English Language Arts
Student Opinion: How Impulsive Are You?
Sure to spark lively discussion in any Language Arts classroom, this article from The York Times asks the question, 'How much self-control do you have?'. Pupils begin by reading a short passage about a study on delayed gratification and then respond to several writing prompts designed to foster a text to self connection by asking about the reader's own experiences and opinions.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Poems: What They Look and Sound Like
Explore the poetry genre through this two-part literature analysis. Learners focus on four forms of poetry: haiku, acrostic, rhyme, and shape. They learn defining features, make text-to-self connections, and find similar characteristics in song lyrics from Selena Gomez's "Gift of a Friend.
2nd - 3rd Visual & Performing Arts
Encourage your readers to make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections with a graphic organizer that also asks them to detail how they made these connections. Reproduce the template for each learner or project the template and ask class members to copy the organizer in their notebooks.
3rd - 10th English Language Arts