What do good readers think about?
A common thought is, “That reminds me of…” Good readers connect what they already know to what they are reading.
The brain doesn’t remember facts – it remembers connections. Information is only meaningful to the brain when it is connected to something else. In this way new information is contextualized, and the more thoughts an idea is associated with – the more value it has in the brain.
In Reader's Workshop, we talk about three different kinds of connections that readers make to the text:
- text-to-self (connecting the book to events in our own lives)
- text-to-text (connecting the book to other books, movies, articles…)
- text-to-world (connecting the book to world events)
In the top picture, you can see some of the language we are using:
“When I read the words…it reminded me of…”
I modeled for this skills while reading aloud from Cynthia Rylant’s The Relatives Came. I shared my own memories of my family gatherings. Afterwards, I asked the kids to write down their own personal connections.
What are some of the most memorable books you have read?