LESSON TWO: Making Connections
Students share their thoughts from previous day. Students listen to a second reading of When the Relatives Came.
R1I Identify connections between text ideas-similarities and differences in information and relationships in various fiction and nonfiction works; text ideas and own experiences; text ideas and the world, with assistance.
§ Sources of literature
o When the Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
o Chart paper
o Sticky notes
§ Handouts provided
§ Words to know
Teacher observation, responses form prompt.
1. Reread When the Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. Prior to rereading, discuss the idea of making text-to-self connections. Review prompt responses from the previous day. Share definition of making connections.
Definition of making connections:
Making connections occurs when a student links the background knowledge they have to information in a particular text.
2. During the second reading, stop periodically and allow student to share their thoughts (text-to-self connections) from the book during a pair-share opportunity.
Students turn to a partner and shares their thoughts and ideas from the text with another student. Model this process before using in the classroom.
Record students’ thinking with remind me notes. This involves giving each student a stick-note, putting their name on it, and jotting down their thoughts about the text.
Develop a T-Chart. “Information in Text”/ “Reminds me of”
It is essential that a student’s name be placed beside his/her thoughts. This is crucial because it gives the students ownership and the belief that their ideas are important.