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Activity Overview


Text Connections
Text to Text Connection that reminds you of something in another book or story
Text to Self Connection that reminds you of something in your life.
Text to World Connection that reminds you of something happening in the world.

Making connections is a very important skill to acquire and perfect. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa is a great story for students to connect to on many different levels. In this activity, students will be making text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. Students should choose which connection they want to make first and work to write a narrative for that. Once all three connections have been made, students can work on their illustrations.


TEXT TO TEXT

  • Text - This story introduces the duo of Cocoa and Cowgirl Kate and their adventures. One adventure is when Kate has a surprise for Cocoa.
  • Text - This reminds me of another Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa book, Horse in the House. Kate wakes up to Cocoa in the house and has to get him out before her parents come home.


TEXT TO SELF

  • Text - Cowgirl Kate is very responsible and takes very good care of Cocoa.
  • Self - This reminds me of how I am responsible for taking care of my cat, Hazel.


TEXT TO WORLD

  • Text - In the story, Cocoa says he is a "cowhorse". What he means is he is a horse meant for herding cattle.
  • World - On the news, they talked about a dog that herds sheep.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/2/8] Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/9] Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows connections you have made with Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa. Include a connection for text to text, text to world, and text to self.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify parts of Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa that you connect with.
  3. Parts from the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa go on the left side. The connections you make go on the right side.
  4. Create an image for each connection using scenes, characters, items, and text boxes.
  5. Write a description of how the text relates to another text, the world, and you.


Rubric

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Text Connections
Create a storyboard that shows connections you have made with the text: Text to Text, Text to World, & Text to Self.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Text Connections
Student made and labeled all three text connections correctly.
Student made and labeled two text connections correctly.
Student made and labeled one text connection correctly.
Examples of Connections
All examples of connections support understanding of text.
Most examples of connections support understanding of text.
Most examples of connections do not support understanding of text or are difficult to understand.
Illustration of Examples
Ideas are well organized. Images clearly show the connections student made with the text.
Ideas are organized. Most images help to show the connections student made with the text.
Ideas are not well organized. Images are difficult to understand.




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