"Connections and Choices" is a series of short stories which align with the word sorts in the "Words Their Way"™ phonics program. The short stories are open-ended so the students create their own ending to the story. The techniques support Common Core standards in the reading and writing components.
As a series of short stories, the books do not have chapters, but are organized as follows:
Book 1: Stories that correlate with the Letter Name Alphabetic sorts
Book 2: Stories that correlate with the Within Word sorts
Book 3: Stories that correlate with the Syllables and Affixes sorts
Connections and Choices is a teaching tool that promotes differentiated instruction, increasing reading fluency and improving vocabulary with context clues from the story.
This series of short and open-ended stories lets students do more than sort words and identify patterns; they steep themselves in reading, writing, vocabulary and comprehension in the following structured, yet flexible manner:
Students read the stories and identify the words or features from the sort.
Students write their own story ending.
Students add illustrations and label their illustrations using some of the words from the sort. Students read the story each day as either a familiar reading in their guided reading group, or they read their story to a friend.
(optional technology implementation) – Students peer edit stories and use various forms of technology to complete their stories such as: word processing, clip art, Kidspiration, etc.
All 3 books from Connections and Choices contain a registered © with the Library of Congress.