Making Connections in The Fire Cat

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The Fire Cat - Making 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.

Making connections is a very important skill to acquire and perfect. The Fire Cat 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: In this story, Pickles chases cats around because it is the only thing he can do.
  • Text: In another Esther Averill book, The Hotel Cat, a cat moves into a hotel because he is really good at chasing mice.

TEXT TO SELF

  • Text: Sometimes, Pickles was a bad cat. He would chase around other cats for fun.
  • Self: My cat Hazel reminds me of Pickles because she is bad sometimes. She chases my other cats and loves to jump up onto our flat screen TV!

TEXT TO WORLD

  • Text: Pickles was a stray cat, and Mrs. Goodkind went out of her way to feed him and offer him a place in her home which he decided was not a good fit for him.
  • World: I read in a magazine about a lady who took care of stray cats. She took care of over 30 stray cats. She fed them and some even lived in her house!


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Create a storyboard that shows connections you have made with The Fire Cat. Include a connection for text to text, text to world, and text to self.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify parts of The Fire Cat that you connect with.
  3. Parts from the The Fire Cat 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.
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