Friday, 21 September 2018

Teaching Students to Connect to What They Read

To start Reading off this year we are focusing on learning the Reading Power strategies.If you haven't heard about Reading Power by Adrienne Gear (Note: All book links are aff. links) it is a must for anyone teaching reading. 

We have started by learning about how to make connections to what is being read. The beginning is very teacher directed with lots of modeling. 

I read a story and model how to make connections. Then students start making connections to what I am reading. See below for a graphic organizer to help with this.

The books I have read to the class so far are:
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms (My all time FAVORITE book for making connections)
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
 
Reading Power goes into great detail on how to help your students make deeper level connections. This is fantastic because I have found students are good at making very basic connections like "I have a dog just like the main character." but they struggle to make deeper connections.

 Eventually, they will pick books and make their own connections. I want my students to have a variety of books to pick from so I have ordered some that are on Adrienne Gear's recommended list.  


Here is what I ordered: 





Now it's time for a freebie. The Reading Power book has many, many graphic organizers to choose from but I also created this one to go along with it. 

I have used this particular page with students in Grades 1-6. The higher the grade, the higher my expectations. 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Making-Connections-to-Stories-92935?utm_source=Terri's%20Teaching%20Treasures&utm_campaign=Story%20Connections%20TTT%20Post
Click on the picture or here to get your FREE copy. Please remember to leave some feedback once you have tried it out. I love to hear your thoughts. 

Cheers, 
 

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