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Students read the story Ira Sleeps Over and write something about the end of the story that they have a connection with in their own life. In this text to self lesson plan, students look for something that helps them relate to the story better.
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. After the information section, you will find a breakdown of 12 reading strategies. Each strategy is placed in a chart and marked according to when to use it and written about in-depth with a description, goals, and methods for teaching the strategy.
Students improve their reading comprehension through predicting, connecting with text and summarizing. Students should have already read the book Seedfolks and made predictions based upon what they had seen from the cover and pictures before reading. Some strategies introduced are picking 10 words from a chapter and telling why they are important and what it connects to, writing about the story in a journal, and doing a SWBS chart.
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.
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.
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. I'd use this as a starting point for teaching annotation as a comprehension strategy. Demonstrate how to annotate a text by reading it in front of the class and narrating your own process of making connections and asking questions. Do another as a whole class, and then assign them individual practice. You could pass out five different texts and then form groups based on who read the same text. (You could select the groups this way to meet class needs or allow random groupings.) Have them discuss and share their comments with each other.
Improving listening comprehension skills is the goal of this language arts lesson. Young readers listen to the story Two Greedy Bears, stopping to have discussions with a partner. They predict outcomes and make inferences based on teacher prompts. Awesome lesson!
“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.
Here's a text-to-self connection worksheet that guides learners to think of a text-to-self connection about a selection they listened to, draw a picture, and write about it on lines provided. Page is a generic template.
In this text-to-self worksheet, students complete an organizer, filling in boxes labeled "The author said..." and  That reminds me of..." Worksheet is a blank template. 
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.
Students practice read aloud comprehension strategies. In this literacy comprehension lesson plan, students listen to Tomas and the Library Lady, stopping to discuss with a partner aspects of the story suggested by the teacher. Students make inferences, share connections, and sequence story events using the same 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.
From fishing to forest fires, this lesson plan includes all kinds of scenarios for you to discuss with your ELD students. Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Salmon Summer," "Wildfires," and "Skylark") help beginning, intermediate, and advanced pupils to practice their vocabulary and writing. Additionally, they practice making inferences and using adverbs and prepositions in simple and complex sentences.
Challenge your 3rd grade ELD learners with this lesson, which works with three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Across the Wide Dark Sea," "Yunmi and Halmoni's Trip," and "Trapped by Ice!"). They will apply these travel stories to their own lives, as well as making inferences, predicting outcomes, and sequencing events. Differentiated sentence frames help them practice their grammar and vocabulary as well.
Third graders make inferences from pictures, using clues based on basic signal words (who, what, when, where, why, and how). They create clues for their peers to make inferences about the picture after "hiding" it on a Microsoft PowerPoint slide.
Third graders compare the types of clues used by detectives to solve a crime with the types of clues used by readers to make inferences. They engage in Think Alouds with their classmates. Students then make a graphic organizer to use to go back to the text to make inferences. They play "Jeopardy" via PowerPoint.
Students explore making inferences. In this making inferences instructional activity, students find 5-7 items from their home to put in an artifact bag. Students practice making inference statements for the items in the bags and guess who the bags belong to. Students then practice making inferences by reading several books.
In these making inferences worksheets, 5th graders read the cover story and answer the reporter questions about the first flight for Orville and Wilbur Wright. Students answer 8 questions. Students then use articles from Time for Kids magazine to answer the 9 questions.