Making Connections Reading Bundle (2 articles + 1 strategy)

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    Teach students how to make stronger connections when reading.

    4 PRO TIPS for students to use.

    Slideshow lesson and NO PREP video teaches the reading strategy.

    You get 2 articles for students to practice Making Connections.

    • The articles are differentiated at three different grade levels.

    OPTION 1: Print the handouts if you're teaching in-person.

    OPTION 2: Upload the handouts for online learning.

    NOTE: You can modify the Google Docs and Google Slideshow to fit your classroom needs.

    1. Use this Reading Comprehension Video (Making Connections) to show students how to use this reading strategy.

    • It clearly takes you through how to use the reading strategy

    • It also goes through an example (modeled reading) where we apply the reading strategy and do a "think-aloud" to explicitly show students how we think.

    2. Share the Google Slideshow that was used in the Reading Comprehension video.

    • This way, students can review the lesson at their own pace without having to try to start / stop the video at the right spot.

    3. Share one of the reading response article handouts with your students.

    • They read the article and the mini-lesson on a 21st century social emotional learning skill (citizenship, communication)

    • As they read, they fill out a graphic organizer using the reading strategy.

    • Finally, at the end, they answer discussion questions and write a paragraph response.

    Lather, rinse, repeat

    • Right now, there are only 2 informational text articles included in this bundle.

    Will I be adding more articles to this product?

    • I can't make any promises.

    • Think of it this way: once you buy this bundle, you've locked in the price.

    • Any additional articles that I add to this bundle, you get for free (since you've already bought the bundle.)

    Oops! The Rosa Parks article is included in this bundle and the Asking Question bundle.

    • But, I have to also include it in this Making Connections bundle because the Rosa Parks article is used in the Making Connections slideshow and video.

    • I apologize for the unnecessary duplication.

    • I'm trying to create a way for teachers to get all of my reading strategy lessons and articles (without having to get the Educircles Everything bundle.)

    • I thought creating a bunch of Making Connections articles in a bundle would help.

    If you have any questions, please ask below in the TpT question & answer section.

    Or, email me at

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
    Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
    Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.


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