Tops and Bottoms Text Connections

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Tops and Bottoms 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.

Making connections is a very important skill to acquire and perfect. Tops and Bottoms 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 the story, Bear does not want to do any work and lets Hare do all the work planting the crops. He is upset when he finds out he has a harvest full of the useless parts of vegetables.

Text: The Little Red Hen is a fable where the Hen asks her friends if they will help her plant and harvest wheat. Each time she asks they all reply, "not I", so the Hen does it herself. Hen's hard work turns into a delicious loaf of baked bread. Her friends all want some, but Hen refuses because they did not help her in any way.

TEXT TO SELF

Text: In the story, Hare is a hard worker. He is determined to find a way to get food to feed his family. Bear is not a hard worker and loves to sleep.

Self: I am a very hard worker and I always help my dad with yard work. My sister is lazy and always wants to sleep.

TEXT TO WORLD

Text: When Hare is explaining his idea (trick) to Bear, he tells bear that they could become business partners.

World: In the news, I learned about brothers who were business partners in real estate. They just released a new book that they wrote together.


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


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify parts of Tops and Bottoms that you connect with.
  3. Parts from the Tops and Bottoms 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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