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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. Henry and Mudge: The First Book is a great story for students to connect 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: In Henry and Mudge: The First Book, Mudge likes to smell everything. "He smelled his lemon hair. He smelled his milky mouth. He smelled his soapy ears. He smelled his chocolate fingers."
  • Text: In Henry and Mudge: The Starry Night, Mudge likes to smell. "Mudge loved to hike and smell. He smelled a raccoon from yesterday. He smelled a deer from last night. He smelled an oatmeal cookie from Henry's back pocket.”

TEXT TO SELF

  • Text: Mudge likes Henry's bed. He likes to climb in with him. "But mostly he loved Henry's bed. Because in Henry's bed was Henry. Mudge loved to climb in with Henry. Then he loved to smell him."
  • Self: My cat Hazel loves to cuddle with me in my bed.

TEXT TO WORLD

  • Text: Mudge gets lost. Henry is very sad and looks for him. Finally, they are reunited.
  • World: On the news there was a story about a young boy who was reunited with his dog after it was missing for a whole year.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/2] Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • [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 Henry and Mudge. Include a connection for text to text, text to world, and text to self.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify parts of Henry and Mudge that you connect with.
  3. Parts from Henry and Mudge 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

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



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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