”Seventh Grade” Text Connections

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Seventh Grade Text Connections

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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.

Asking students to make connections to the text is one way to encourage active reading and improve reading comprehension. Text connections can also spark meaningful discussions about a story and its themes and can act as precursors to some essays. For this activity, have students use three storyboard frames to connect ”Seventh Grade” to themselves, another text (or film), and the world around them. Ask them to explain the connection in the text box below each frame.


Example ”Seventh Grade” Text Connections

TEXT TO SELF

One short conversation with Teresa changes Victor's whole outlook and puts him in a good mood. This happens to me too. When my mom made pancakes for breakfast on a school day last week, it put me in a good mood for the whole day.


TEXT TO TEXT

Victor's eagerness to impress Teresa reminds me of Tom Sawyer. Tom tries to impress his classmate Becky by doing somersaults and walking on the fence.


TEXT TO WORLD

The kids in “Seventh Grade” probably come from families of migrant workers or farm laborers since Victor refers to picking grapes over the summer. This reminds me of the migrant workers during the Great Depression who traveled to California looking for seasonal farming jobs.



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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows connections you have made with ”Seventh Grade”. Include a connection for text to text, text to world, and text to self.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Create an image for each connection using scenes, characters, items, and text boxes.
  3. Write a description of how the text relates to another text, the world, and you.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.
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