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Can't teach "connections" but if they are able to cite evidence from the text that made them make the connection...Then I could use this.

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Each of my students gets a copy of this chart to place in their reader's notebook. I hope you find it useful in your classroom to help your students make MEANINGFUL connections.

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Have the students write down a text connections that they make during their independent reading time on a slip of construction paper, share, and then categorize them into the three text connections. Once categorized, connect them to create paper chains:) I love the visual "connection" picture that it makes in the kids heads. -the {ART} of learning: {Text Connections}

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from Corkboard Connections

Is Your Classroom ELL-Friendly?

Is Your Classroom ELL-Friendly? -- great reminders for classroom teachers: visuals, graphic organizers, sentence frames, etc.

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Making Connections anchor chart.... from: Finding JOY in 6th Grade (blog): Anchor Chart Link-Up (Note addition of text-to-media)

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Help your students understand the difference between Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World, and Text to Media. This is a great anchor chart to display in your classroom.

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Book List for Making Connections: Text to Self, Text to Text and Text to World Books | This Reading Mama

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from Classroom Freebies Too

Making Connections to Text

Classroom Freebies Too: Making Connections to Text

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