This is a great handout book project to use. Making connections while students read is important. It helps students gain a deeper understanding of characters, helps them relate to the text and think about what they are reading, sets a purpose for reading, allows them to be engaged with the text, and helps them remember what they have read. Making connections is a reading skill that shouldn't be ignored and must be practiced. Through this double entry journal project, you can assess students very easily on what they have read and what they comprehend. Pages 2 and 3 are handouts for students and include step-by-step directions for this reading project. It also includes a rubric for them to follow. On the 4th page is an example and model (you can put on a transparency to go over or can photocopy for each student and include in packet of directions). The 5th page is a set of rubrics to copy and attach to projects when you grade (3 on a page). The 6th page includes bookmarks (2 on a page) or you can copy for each student to glue into interactive reading notebooks on making connections: what it is, the different types, and different ways to begin sentences for each type of connection they are making: text to self, text to text, or text to world. This is a book project you can use over and over again. There is nothing left to do except run off copies for each student.