Text-to-world connections: These are connections between events in the story and things that I've seen or read about occurring in the real world. They are not about me but about other people in the real world.
Students connect to the text in relation to the world. They no longer connect with only personal information or experiences. Media such as television, Internet, or movies, is a great way to introduce text-to- world. Most students will have knowledge of similar media that will allow the teacher to connect with the real world.
"This reminds me of [something I've seen, heard, know in the real world] because..."
Questions I ask
to help make connections:
Students need a great deal of
modeling because often they will make a text-to-self connection thinking it is a
text to world connection. The key difference is text-to-self is only about the
student while text to world is about everyone outside his small community.
Read aloud the first few pages of Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2003