This is a part of our series on Close Reading. If you are looking for additional free resources, please visit our Complete Close Reading Collection.
As children learn to close read, it is helpful for them to be able to naturally make meaningful connections as they read. The connections make it easier for children to understand the content they are reading. This is a part of children learning to monitor for meaning. (See our previous post: Monitoring for Meaning for more information.) Many times children who have reached fourth grade have had a great deal of practice with the skill of making connections while reading. However, we know that this is not always the case. And while many children have had exposure to the idea of making connections, not all are skilled at making connections that add to the understanding and meaning of the text. For this reason, we have compiled a collection of graphic organizers that can be used for children who need review or need to be taught the skill of making connections.
We love the example Sandy over at ELA Everyday helped her students put together in their reading notebooks. She has some great printables for students to visualize what is happening as they make connections. You will find them here: Making Connections by Sandy. (Thanks for letting us share your picture and post, Sandy!)
Making Connections Thinking Stems Graphic Organizer Use this as an anchor chart for students who need help staying on track while writing their reading responses. Or, use it to guide a small group.
Click on the titles below to download the graphic organizers we have created.