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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.

The Stories Julian Tells is a great book for young readers because many of the stories are relatable to children. The small chapter book is loaded with many different life experiences: losing your first tooth, growing a garden, or making a friend. Students can easily make text-to-self connections throughout the book.

In this activity, students will create a storyboard showing some of the text-to-self connections they made throughout the book.

Here is an example:

Chapter 1: The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea


Text: "My father is a big man with wild black hair. When he laughs, the sun laughs in the windowpanes. When he thinks, you can almost see his thoughts sitting on all the table and chairs. When he is angry, me and my little brother, Huey, shiver to the bottom of our shoes.”


Self: My dad is a big man with wild grey hair. He also has a big booming laugh, but when he is angry I know to stay away from him.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/2/8] Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows connections you have made with The Stories Julian Tells.


  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 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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