Connecting with Text
- Visualize. Picture yourself in the story and think about how the setting and characters look.
- Focus on the characters. Compare them to yourself and people you know.
- Put yourself in the story and think about how would react, and how you reacted when you were in a similar situation.
- Look at problems. How do they compare to problems you have faced?
- Ask yourself questions as you read. Think about how the story relates to your life, and things that you know.
- When reading nonfiction, think about ways the information relates to what you already know.
- If you are reading a book, and don’t connect with it, ditch it and find one where you can make connections.
Here are the start to connections.
This is similar to my life . . .
This is different from my life . . .
Something like this happened to me when . . .
This reminds me of . . .
This relates to me . . .
When I read this I felt . . .
This reminds me of another book I’ve read . . .
This is similar to another thing I read . . .
This different from another book I read . . .
This character is similar/different to another character . . .
This setting is similar/different to an other setting . . .
This problem is similar/different to the problem in . . .
This reminds me of the real world . . .
This book is similar to things that happen in the real world . . .
This book is different from things that happen in the real world . . .