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What is making connections, anyway? Well, here's our fancy educators' definition:
Readers relate what they read to personal experiences (text-to-self), to information from other text (text-to-text), and to information about the world (text-to-world) in order to enhance understanding of self, text, and life.

But for your students, try this:

Make connections between different things I read.

So what are we trying to do here? Here's how you'll know when your students get it!


Learning Objectives for Making Connections:
The student will be able to make text-to-text, text-to-self and text-to-world connections to help comprehend text and solve problems across the curriculum.

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Can the student communicate that making connections is relating what has been read to personal experiences (text-to-self), to information from other texts (text-to-text), and to information about the world (text-to-world)? (what)
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B

Can the student communicate that connections are made before, during and after reading? (when)
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C

Can the student communicate that making meaningful connections leads to deeper understanding of self, text, and life? (why)
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Can the student communicate that connections are made by reacting to the stimuli from the text and incorporating it with previous knowledge from text, personal experience or world knowledge to build, change or revise understanding? (how)
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E
Can the student make a variety of meaningful connections?
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So, how do you make it happen?

  1. Watch the videos and discuss them with your class.
  2. Do the student activity. (Coming this spring)
  3. Talk about Making Connections all year long.
  4. Try these lesson ideas in your classroom.

A production of Wisconsin Media Labs: wimedialab.org