Making Connections

Directions for Text-to-Text, Text-to-Self, Text-to-World

Read the text once. Then read it again to find ideas that you can use to answer the following questions.

1)      Text-to-Text – How do the ideas in this text remind you of another text (story, book, movie, song, etc)? Complete one of the following statements:

  • What I just read reminds me of ___________________ (story/book/movie/song) because…
  • The ideas in this text are similar to the ideas in ___________________ because….
  • The ideas in this text are different than the ideas in ­­­___________________ because….

2)      Text-to-Self – How do the ideas in this text relate to your own life, ideas and experiences? Complete one of the following statements:

  • What I just read reminds me of the time when I….
  • I agree with/understand what I just read because in my own life…
  • I don’t agree with what I just read because in my own life…

3)      Text-to-World – How do the ideas in this text reading relate to the larger world – past, present and future. Complete one of the following statements:

  • What I just read makes me think about _________________________ (event from the past) because……
  • What I just read makes me think about _________________________ (event from today related to my own community, nation or world) because….
  • What I just read makes me wonder about the future because….

Step three: Debrief

Students gain a deeper understanding of the text, of their classmates, and of the world around them when they have the opportunity to discuss their responses with peers.  Students can share their responses with a partner or in small groups or as part of a larger discussion.

(n.d.). Text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world. Retrieved from Facing History and Ourselves website: http://www.facinghistory.org/resources/strategies/text-text-text-self-text-worl

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