I created this worksheet to help my primary-grade students correctly make text-to-text connections in writing. The worksheet gives them sentence starters and cues to cite specific pages in each book they are referring to. This worksheet can be used for one or more readers who have read two books on similar topics, which would provide opportunities for several text-to-text connections.
The heading clearly reminds students they are looking for and writing down text-to-text connections. There is a space to record the reader's name(s) and the title of the two books they are making connections between. Once the book titles are recorded, they do not need to be written again, as they are referred to as "book 1" and "book 2" in each connection recorded on the page.
Prior to using this worksheet, I had two students reading two different books, at their reading level, on the same topic. This allowed for mixed ability pairing of students and for each student to read at his or her own level of comprehension. They read each book silently, and then "buddy-read" their book to each other, while the listener politely stopped the reader to point out a connection they made from their own book. After they had buddy-read both books, they chose their best T-to-T connections to write about on the worksheet. Talking about their connections before writing them down was a great middle step for them.
Because the sentence-starters were included to help the students specifically cite the page and content of each text, they were successful at making written text-to-text connections which were specific and referred directly back to the text of each book.
I was so happy with how well my students made text-to-text connections after this lesson. Without the worksheet, they were making comparisons between texts, rather than connections. Once I had modeled a sample from two books I had read aloud, using this worksheet, they were able and confident to write about their T-to-T connections.