Using Anchor Charts to Make Connections (Virtual Tour)
Stage of Literacy Development:
Stage 3: Literacy for Growth
Primary: Reading Comprehension Strategies
What we have set up here are anchor charts for our making connections which is our step four. We have our text-to-text, we have our text-to-world, and we also have our text-to-self outline.
What we taught the students is that when they are making a text-to-text, or a text-to-self, or a text-to-world to follow certain steps. When they do this, it allows them to have the proper structure in their answer. For example, in our text-to-text what we did is we did it with a theme. So we chose the theme of bullying and we read a number of books on bullying and then they were able to compare those stories, the characters, or the themes, or the lessons.
We also post our book title pages around the classroom so that the students, if they forget the title of the book, they can look over at that to get the title.
The goal of Let's Connect: Using Anchor Charts to Make Connections (Virtual Tour) is to build students' comprehension skills by explicitly modeling making connections and providing them with an outline to refer to when making connections in writing.
- Provide students with a number of opportunities to practice making connections using the sentence starters so they will eventually be able to automatically use this strategy while they read. Emphasize making connections as extending their understanding of the text.
- Use a variety of texts, including pictures and posters, as well as texts from different subject areas including science and social studies.
- Anchor charts should be posted on a wall so that students are able to refer to them on an ongoing basis.
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