Making Text Connections: A Bundle of Activities and Lessons

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Deb Hanson
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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So well done and easy to use. I love all of the examples and different activities. I will be back for more units. Thank you!
I love all of your products! My students love the craftivities that go along with the material. I love everything! I love how in depth it all is and how kid-friendly your products are :) Thank you!

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    Text Connections Posters


    This text connections bundle has everything you need to keep your students engaged as you teach them to make deep text connections as they read. Four types of connections are introduced: text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-media, and text-to-world. These activities make text connections fun and easy! Students love the activities while teachers love the convenience of these no-prep resources that can be used year after year! These activities can be used for introduction or review. Use these materials to teach your student to differentiate between deep connections and surface connections.

    What's included... To gain a better idea of everything included, please check out the individual PREVIEW for each resource:

    50-slide PowerPoint

    • Ideal for introducing the 4 types of text connections
    • Explicit instruction about deep connections and shallow connections
    • Students read example connections and classify each as a deep connection or a surface connection.
    • Students read 5 passages and practice writing their own deep connection to each passage.
    • You have my permission to convert this to Google Slides, if you wish.
    • It comes with a matching 5-page companion handout (The companion handout includes both a printable version and a Google Slides version.)

    Worksheets with Practice Passages

    • Four full-page passages!
    • After reading each passage, students explain two deep connections they made while reading: text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-media, or text-to-world.
    • A blank chart that can be used with any book is also included.
    • Use some as an assessment, if you wish.
    • You get to choose whether to use the printable version, the Google version, or the Easel Activity version.

    Four Posters

    Worksheets and Craftivity

    • Students complete four worksheets. Each worksheet includes a short story, and space to write a text-to-self connection, a text-to-text connection, and a text-to-world connection.
    • After completing the worksheets, students assemble connection quilts.

    Partner Plays

    • Focus on fluency while practicing the skill of making connections!
    • After reading each script, students write about a connection they made while reading the script.
    • You get to choose whether to use the print version or the Google version.

    Here's what teachers like you have to say about this bundle:

    • A Book for Every Lesson said, "My students LOVED this so much! We did one connection each day so it took us a week to get through the PowerPoint. My students would groan each time we had to stop!"

    • Jessica S. said, "Trying to get my students to make connections to what they are reading has been a struggle. This bundle was extremely helpful and helped my students make their own connections."

    • Ruchi G. said, "Excellent and well-organized resource. So easy to use and follow. My grade 3s had no issues reading the slides and making connections."

    • Inez said, "Your materials are by far the best I have seen on TPT. These resources are amazing!! You hit at everything, whole group, partner/group work, independent activities, etc. Thank you so much for making my job 10 times easier by using your resources!"

    Copyright by Deb Hanson

    Please note: The PowerPoint cannot be edited due to the copyright requirements made by the contributing artists (clip art, font, background).

    This item is a paid digital download from my TpT store

    This product is to be used by the original downloader only. Copying for more than one teacher is prohibited. This item is also bound by copyright laws. Redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item (or any part thereof) on an Internet site that is not password protected are all strictly prohibited without first gaining permission from the author. Violations are subject to the penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please contact me if you wish to be granted special permissions!

    Total Pages
    80 pages
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    Teaching Duration
    4 days
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
    Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.


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