Reading Connections

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The lesson helps students connect the text they read to other text, themselves, or to the world.  They will use the connections to help them understand cause and effect, historical events, and relationships between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.  Often, students will read a fiction or non-fiction passage and then wonder, what does this mean to me?  Or, they ask the inevitable question, why do I need to read or learn this?  The lesson will give students more insight to the text they read each day.

Reading Connections Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Reading Connections
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Reading Connections
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Help your students develop and practice drawing connection using a lesson that teaches students to connect the text they read to other text, themselves, or to the world.  They will use the connections to help them understand cause and effect, historical events, and relationships between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.  Often, students will read a fiction or non-fiction passage and then wonder, what does this mean to me?  Or, they ask the inevitable question, why do I need to read or learn this?  The lesson will give students more insight to the text they read each day, and give them the ability to answer these questions on their own.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Tell students you are going to read a couple paragraphs from a book (fiction or non-fiction), and they need to listen carefully. When completed, ask:  What does the information or events in the reading remind you of?  Did you think about other things you have read?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Do you sometimes think about things that have happened in your life or in the world? How are they connected?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Tell students that there can be connections between what they read, their life, and the world.  Introduce Reading Connections.
  5. Distribute Reading Connections content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Tell students you are going to read a couple paragraphs from a book (fiction or non-fiction), and they need to listen carefully. When completed, ask:  What does the information or events in the reading remind you of?  Did you think about other things you have read?
  7. Allow for responses and discussion.
  8. Do you sometimes think about things that have happened in your life or in the world? How are they connected?
  9. Allow for responses and discussion. Tell students that there can be connections between what they read, their life, and the world.  Introduce Reading Connections.
  10. Distribute Reading Connections content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources: 

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Reading