One of the skills that good readers have is the ability to make meaningful connections (Text-to-Text; Text-to-Self; Text-to-World).
Among other things, this package provides a one-page handout outlining the importance of making connections, and definition/examples of the three different connection types so students clearly understand how to set themselves up for success when making connection with what they are reading. This skill, explained in full, is great for English Literature (be it poetry, novels, short stories, plays, films, etc.), but also Social Studies / History, Humanities, Science class, and even Ethics or Law classes.
In addition to the one-page handout, there are also four pages of different accompanying worksheets where students are asked pointed questions as a way of coming up with meaningful connections. (One of these four worksheets has two very slightly different versions that I have included here.)
I use these worksheet for all my secondary students (be they in Grade 8 or Grade 12). I have also used them while teaching in Adult Education. I usually give these resources out to the class at the start of the semester, and we return to them frequently as formative assessment (which is why I have different worksheets to keep students engaged). At the end of term, I have also used them as summative assessment to allow students to showcase how they have learned to make amazingly thoughtful and thought-provoking connections.
I hope they prove as useful to you as they have for me.