Wednesday, October 3, 2007


I am finally beginning a deeper level of focus lessons. We have talked about how stories remind us of things from our own life. Today, we relooked at our connections from Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe and talked about which ones were helpful in making meaning and which ones were "shallow" connections. They were kinda getting it, so I set them out for their own my first conference, we talked about how you need to know what in the text helped you make the connection (strike one). In the second conference, we talked about how the connection needs to help you understand the story in a more meaningful way, just having the cat sit on a plate is not a connection (strike two), and in my third conference, he didn't have any connections whatsoever (strike three).

During sharing (which, Ruth, I write down their comments in my Becoming journal to keep track of where I'm going to go with lessons and future ideas and to see their growth), one of the last speakers said, I made two connections in my book. Could there be a light at the end of this tunnel? She said, "a monkey and max." When probed by the kids (whew, at least there was this glimmer), she explained a little more...she can sound like a monkey and she has a dog, Max. Well, I guess there's always tomorrow!

Any ideas for great books that your children were able to make deep, meaningful, text-to-self connections? I am going to try Today I Feel Silly tomorrow.


Sarah Amick said...

Hey I keep a sharing notebook too! It has been really insightful. Something I can really fall back upon if I need to create lessons. I like you so! You and I are so similiar in our styles of teaching, I tell ya! If you ever want to travel to the Fort and visit I think that would be fun!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cathy! I'm doing making connections right now too! I have read my students the books Jamaica Tag Along, The Recess Queen, Chester's Way, and Oliver Button is a Sissy. Most of these are either about sibling relationships or school situations. Kevin Henkes's books are always great for connections. I talk to my kids about how the connections usually help them to connect to a feeling in the book and how the character feels or if it's a text to text connection how it allows you to think about what might happen next or at the end of the story. We have been charting all of our connections and writing down exactly how it helps us as we read together. Hope it helps!
- Hilary Hamman