Lesson: Making Connections: Book to Self

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to make text to self connections in a grade level text. Students will predict how characters think/feel based on these connections.

Lesson Plan

Connection (3-5 mins): During our character study unit we have learned to get really close to a character.  We have also been learning many strategies to help us understand what we read.  Today we will make connections with a character in a story in order to bring feelings and thoughts to the experiences a character has.  This will help us better understand a characters actions because we can connect to how they are feeling.

Teach (3-5 mins):

Students should be seated on the carpet with a partner.  They will turn and talk to this partner throughout the lesson.  Explain to students that a connection is a way to relate to a character.  We must make connections in order to better understand a text.  This helps us have a deeper understanding of how a character is feeling.

Model (5-10 mins):
Teacher read aloud first few pages of The Name Jar by Yansook Choi.  Teacher stops reading to model thinking.  Readers, I just made a connection to Unhei.  I remember my first day at a new school.  I had just moved to North Carolina and I was so nervous.  As I got on the school bus, my hands were shaking and my heart was beating a mile a minute.  I can connect to how Unhei was feeling.  I bet she was so nervous to be going to a new school and from as far away as Korea.  It must have been a difficult change for her. 


Did you notice how I first connected with the character then used that connection to try to understand how the character was feeling.  This helps me relate to Unhei and I have a better understanding of her actions because I know how she is feeling. Teacher adds connection to class chart. (refer to worksheet attachment)


Now you try! Teacher reads aloud next few pages.  Students turn and talk to a partner to try to make a connection to Unhei.  Students share out responses and teacher adds to classroom chart.    

Active Engagement (10-15 mins):
Now that you have practiced reading and making a text to self connection I want to give you a chance to read your book and think about a connection you can make with the character in your story.  Students return to their seats to read independently in their "just right" books.


Exit Slip (5-10 mins): Students complete the connection worksheet based on their independent reading text.  Teacher collects worksheet to determine which students need more practice with the skill.


Reflection: Text to self connections is the least challenging type of connection.  I chose to push students understanding further by asking them to write what the character was thinking or feeling based on their connections.  Some students struggled with the second part of the lesson objective but most of those issues were easily cleared up through a reading conference with the student.

Lesson Resources

Connection Worksheet   Activity


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