TEXT-TO-SELF CONNECTIONS

Tex-To-SelfMaking Connections -- love these explanations on connecting text to self, other texts and the world around you.

Making connections is one strategy to improve reading comprehension. It is important for students to understand the concept of activating prior knowledge if they are to succeed in this strategy.

Text-to-self connections are highly personal connections that a reader makes between a piece of reading material and the reader’s own experiences or life. An example of a text-to-self connection might be, "This story reminds me of a vacation we took to my grandfather’s farm."

Explain to students that you are going to practice the comprehension strategy of making connections to find ways that students can personally relate to a text.  Ask students to think about the following questions.  You may choose to write these on the board or chart paper for students to see.

Focusing on text-to-self connections; here are examples of good connections that enhance understanding:

  • What does this story remind you of? You may write: When I was in second grade, I moved to a new school like Shirley did.  I remember feeling like everyone ignored me and missing my home, so I can relate to what she’s going through.

  • Can you relate to the characters in the story? I know how ___ felt when____ because I had a similar experience when....

  • Do you relate to a certain event in the story? if so you may write: The part of the story where .... reminds me of the time....

  • Does anything in this story remind you of anything in your own life? If so you may write: I know how...felt because I once...

  • How did you use your senses to recall experiences? You may write:  I could taste the sticky peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich Sam was eating because that is my favorite sandwich. I lather on the peanut butter and then use a spoon to ...