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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. The scripted plan includes suggested texts, review, and practice exercises.
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. The lesson wraps up with a whole-class discussion and essay assignment.
You'll love this 13-page comprehension packet that goes with the book James and The Giant Peach. Each page requires learners to think, comprehend, focus on characters, make text-to-self and text-to-world connections, and build vocabulary through context. Each couple of pages directly relates to one to two chapters of the book and can be used to guide reading comprehension throughout the durratoin of the sotry. 
Sequencing is an important reading strategy students can use to unlock the meaning of a text.
The historical background for Fever 1793 is the focus of a pre-reading strategy that has class groups rotate through a series of stations stocked with photographs, articles, and other texts that describe the Yellow Fever outbreak of 1793. The richly detailed plan includes resource lists and assessment suggestions.
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. They ask questions about the neighborhood connections in the book before applying the technique to independent reading and writing.
Fifth graders examine the book "A Jar of Dreams. For this literature lesson, 5th graders are exposed to text to self connections, character exploration, and vocabulary from the book.
Third graders participate in various literacy activities based on the text, Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon." In this Amber Brown lesson plan, 3rd graders create text-to-self connections and identify key story elements.
Fourth graders experience various literacy activities based on the book,Little House in the Big Woods. In this literacy lesson plan, 4th graders explore the main characters and develop text to self connections.
Third graders examine Jan Brett's, The Mitten, to identify literary elements. They predict upcoming events in the story while examining the plot, cause and effect relationships, and sequence. They retell the story while making text-to-self connections. They research animals using the Internet before creating a PowerPoint presentation.
First graders participate in listening to the book, The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. They practice comprehension by making text-to-self- connections while reading. They collaborate with a small group in order to participate in a read aloud.
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. Though this resource is designed to accompany the online subscription literacy skills development program Book Punch, you'll still find plenty of group discussion ideas, comprehension questions, and other useful material.
Fourth graders experience various activities based on the book "The Egypt Game". In this literature lesson, 4th graders identify main characters, key vocabulary words, and explore text to self connections.
Fourth graders participate in activities based on the text "Frindle". In this literacy-based lesson, 4th graders are introduced to character exploration and text to self connections. The students are guided through the text "Frindle".
Third graders participate in various literacy activities based on the text, "Stone Fox". In this literature lesson, 3rd graders discuss the text and explore the character, vocabulary, and text to self connections.
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 plan are only available from Book Punch, vocabulary lists, writing prompts, discussion questions, and reading checks are included in the lesson plan.
Third graders analyze the text "Ramona Quimby, Age 8". In this literature lesson, 3rd graders participate in activities that focus on character exploration, text to self connections, and vocabulary.
Third graders participate in various literacy activities based on the text The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, Age 11. In this literacy-based lesson, 3rd graders examine key story elements such as character exploration and text to self connections.
“Hanging chads.” While these two words may be infamous to most of us, few middle schoolers understand their importance to the presidential election of 2000. As an exercise in drawing inferences, class members examine a Mini Page article about the changes made in political policies and election laws prior to the 2004 election. They make inferences and then check the validity of their assumptions by conducting research. Directions for the activity, links to required resources, assessments, and modifications are included in the detailed packet.
If you have three and a half minutes to spare in your writing lesson, use a video about making inferences to reinforce the use of textual evidence. Using the book Monster by Walter Dean Myers, the short video guides learners through both providing evidence in their writing, and making inferences based on what they read. The video would be a good addition to your Monster unit, but it could work with another novel unit as well.