Strategies for Success in English

Try this comprehension strategy!

Make connections - By making a real world connection to what you read or discuss inside or outside of class, you will be able to comprehend what you are learning much better.

* Try a text-to-self connection.  A text-to-self connection is when you relate something in your life to a piece of text you are reading in English.  For example, while I was reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls last year, I made a text-to-self connection.  Lil Ann and Old Dan, the two coon hounds in the novel reminded me of my two dogs when I was growing up, Reeses and Hershey. 

* Now, try a text-to-text connection.  A text-to-text connection is when you relate a piece of text to another piece of text.  For example, while I was reading Where the Red Fern Grows, I made a text-to-text connection to the novel Old Yeller by Fred Gipson.  The main characters have very similar bonds with their dogs.

*Now, try a text-to-world or text-to-media connection.  A text-to-world or text-to-media connection is when you relate a piece of text to a historical or current world event or anything media related such as movies, music, etc.  For example, while I was reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, I made a text-to-world connection by connecting the gangs in the novel to the gangs that exist today in our society.