June 23, 2017

Literacy Strategies for Reading: Making Connections [VIDEO]

Learn how to make connections in reading through a quick sticky note strategy, text to self, text to text, and text to world.  A great tool for any grade level!

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Julie from Learners Edge.

Do your students struggle with comprehension?

One great strategy to use is called making connections. It’s a great way to build comprehension by using prior knowledge and skills that students already have.

What I do is I use a book that the students are very familiar with. They’ve read the book. We’ve read it aloud. This is something you can use with students from first grade all the way through high school, just depending on the book that you use. So, when using Madeleine, I look at the three different pieces of making connections.

One of those is text to text. How does this text relate to another book I’ve read? I can think about that and model to the students, hey, I read a book about other kids going to school. That’s my text to text. The students can actually write this on a Post-it, write the book that they remember and make the connection.

The second one is the text to self. You can be thinking about it. With Madeleine, it’s fairly easy. I was a student. I’m a teacher. Maybe I have a yellow dress. It could even connect with the dog in the story. Again, that’s a way for the students to engage and start comprehending what they’re reading.

The last piece of making a connection is called text to world. And one great thing that I have and I can connect with this story is, I’ve been to Paris. That’s a great connection for me. Sometimes with the students, it might be just connecting to the school building itself or an apartment building that they’re seeing in the story. Again, for comprehension and ways to engage your students, use the strategy making connections.

You can find other great reading strategies like this at our Chalk Blog at www.teachingchannel.com. Check it out.


Looking for some additional literacy strategies for reading to help students dig into the deeper layers of texts, enabling them to not only understand what the text means, but also why the text matters? Check out a few of our other video blogs below:

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