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Keywords:

  • comprehension;
  • depth;
  • prior;
  • literature;
  • poetry;
  • oral language;
  • discussion;
  • strategies;
  • discussion
  • childhood;
  • early adolescence
  • article

When students create personal connections with literature during whole-class discussion, they make sense both of text and of their life experiences. In this article, the author shares tips that help students make text-to-self, text-to-world, and text-to-text connections. She offers classroom examples to illustrate how conversations that encourage these connections can benefit reading comprehension.