|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.
(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)
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.
Grade Level 2-3
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment IndividualCommon Core Standards
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
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.