Strategic readers connect what they know with what they are reading. All teachers of reading know this. We teach it, model it, and hopefully our students are doing this as they are reading. It is an important strategy that I spend a lot of time on in class. I feel since I spend so much time on this I need an authentic way to assess the skill.
This assessment while simple provides a way to see what the students are able to do and a grade that can be recorded in the gradebook. It can be used with something the students are reading independently, a shared reading, or a read aloud. It can also be used in the content areas.
Also included is the information I have posted on an anchor chart in the classroom about making connections and a printable poster. I keep the Making Connections anchor chart posted in the classroom throughout the year. I want students to learn to make these statements and cite text evidence when communicating their connections.
Our ultimate goal of course is for readers to apply this strategy as they read as a natural process. Real readers don’t stop and write down their connections, but as their teachers we need a way to know if they are able to make connections as they read.
This assessment is aligned to Common Core. It requires students to analyze text, cite evidence, and use Common Core writing skills to respond.