Sometimes when reading, readers are reminded of other things that they have read, other books by the same author, stories from a similar genre, or perhaps on the same topic. These types of connections are text-to-text connections. Readers gain insight during reading by thinking about how the information they are reading connects to other familiar text. “This character has the same problem that I read about in a story last year,” would be an example of a text-to-text connection.

Students may use the following example as a lead in to a text-to-text connection or use this handout.

"This book reminds me of (title of book) because..." it is a good text- to-text prompt. This prompt makes the student think of another book that has a similar element to the novel. This connection requires more thinking as students have less prior knowledge.

Teachers should model this frequently and relate to books the class has read as a whole and/or incorporate guided reading books. Teachers may stop at a specific point and begin a talk/think aloud about how it reminds them of a text and mark it with a sticky note.

Here is an example of a connection between stories. Things that happen in story that might remind you of another story.

"This part where.... reminds me of (write the event) in the book [name it] when ..." is a good text-to-text prompt to make text-to-text connections

Questions I ask to help make connections:

  • What does this remind me of from another book I have read? The part where the boys... reminds me of [NAME the Book] and describe the likeness.

  • How is the way the author writes similar to other things I have read?

  • How is this text [or setting, characters, events etc] different from other books?

  • Have I read about something like this before? I've read a similar thing in the [name title of book] where the main character [name] was out....