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Primary Rubric for Making Text Connections

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With the new Common Core standards, the comprehension strategy "Making Connections" has caused some stir in the reading world, however, I believe it's just as important now as it was before Common Core came on the scene. It hard to dispute decades of research. Although the Common Core de-emphasizes making "text to self connections" there are plenty of opportunities for students to make connections across one text and between two texts to make "text to text connections". And again, although it also does not say making "text to world connections" either, it does ask students to think about how the content they read is relevant to their life, now and in the future. And in Kindergarten alone, students must make connections in standards K.RL.9, K.RIT.3 and K.RIT.9. Connecting is an essential foundational comprehension strategy that students must use in order to comprehend at higher levels, to evaluate & interpret character actions and be proficient in RL anchor standard 3 "analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of the text" and anchor standard 6 "assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text." Being able making text to text connections helps students compare and contrast characters within a book and across texts in order to do anchor standard 9 "analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take." Making "real" connections are important, and recognizing when we don't have connections is important, too. Being able to say "Nothing in this book is like my life" tell us that students are aware that they have no connections and honors the DIFFERENCES between us and the characters in texts. You can read more about Disconnections from the book, The Reading Turn-Around by Jones, Clarke and Enriquez.

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Thank you!
Jen Jones
www.helloliteracy.blogspot.com
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Thank you so much for putting the Making Connections Rubric back on for me and for free! You are a talented teacher! I really appreciate your help!
On  October 8, 2012Hello Literacy answered:
Sure! No problem. :-)
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On  May 28, 2013,  Buyer asked:
My colleague and I have enjoyed following your blog and were very interested with your August 2012 entry concerning beginning of year screening. As we begin planning for next school year assessments with DIBELS Next and TRC (aka 3D Reading) , we would like to ask some questions and hopefully obtain some suggestions on how to implement your school’s style of gathering data from assessments.

Our school is K-5 and we have 6 teachers per grade-level with approximately 25-30 children in each class. Per the DIBELS Next trainer and our district personnel, we have allowed our teachers the freedom to perform the benchmarks and progress monitoring checks on their students all year. This nine weeks a team of three resource teachers conducted random fidelity checks. This was an overwhelming process but our principal liked the idea and would like for us to gather ideas on how others gather the 3D Reading data.


How many students did you complete in the two-day process?

Did you break up the assessments and have “stations” or did one teacher complete the whole assessment for each child before moving to the next?

Do your teachers perform their own benchmark assessments?


Thank you for your input. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
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On  May 28, 2013Hello Literacy answered:
Hi!
First, let me just say that as we, too, move to mClass and DIBELS Next, next year, there will undoubtedly be some changes. Since we opened our school four years ago, we began by all teachers benchmarking their own class, and PM their own that needed it, ones that were getting RTI interventions. Then, as you read on my blog we began using a Benchmark team (over two days) to do the benchmarking for the teachers. (They kept on with PM for their RTI students). We used me, the math coach, the literacy coach, the RTI coach, Title 1 teachers, the AG (gifted) teacher and the ESL teacher...there are usually about 10 of us. The school psych helps if she's there. We get through a class of 25 students in about 15-20 minutes. Teachers bring their entire class to the Media Center, they bring a book to read quietly and we complete all benchmarks on one student and send them back to wait. So for example, for 1st grade, one benchmarker tested a student on PSF, NWF and the three R-CBM passages. I can email the two-day schedule if you want, it runs a lot like Picture Day. However, we think we are going to go back to asking teachers to benchmark their own students now that they "get it" and to have the teachers "own" the benchmark data. Good luck!
Jen
helloliteracy@gmail.com
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On  October 13, 2012,  Kidsrus  asked:
Hi Jen ~ loved your "visual" rubric for making a connection. I was wondering though if you wouldn't mind making a small change and emailing me the copy?? We just started reviewing making connections last week but I've been using the phrase, "How does this help you understand the story better?" So could you replace the "I'm making a connection!" under the 4 with "How it helps me understand the story better!" Or, you could email me the copy in an editable version at ckietlinski@wittbirn.k12.wi.us Thanks so much, Carla Kietlinski :)
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On  October 13, 2012Hello Literacy answered:
I'll see what I can do. :-)
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Hi Jen! I downloaded your fun font and I'm not too great with the computer. They are downloaded to my mac, now how do I use them? Where do I put them so that they are with my other fonts in word? Thanks so much!!
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On  October 10, 2012Hello Literacy answered:
Hi! No problem. They will work fine on a Mac. They .ttf files which stand for true type font. The best and fastest way to help you since I don't have a Mac is to direct you to www.youtube.com...then search "install fonts in Mac OS". That should do it!
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