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What's the Connection? Worksheet

PDF, Google Slides | 3 pages|Grades: 4 - 6

Review 10 writing examples and identify the type of text connection demonstrated in each: text-to-text, text-to-self, or text-to-world.

This text connections worksheet is best used as an independent practice to support your Making Connections reading comprehension lesson.  

On the worksheet, students are given statements to read and decide which kind of connection it is: 

  • Text-to-text: relates to another reading
  • Text-to-self: relates to a personal experience
  • Text-to-world: relates to an external real-world event or topic

Text Connections Worksheet Scaffolding and Extension Tips 

In addition to individual practice, students can also complete this worksheet in peer pairs or groups.

Extend this worksheet to challenge students who already know the concepts (and keep fast finishers busy). Prompt students to circle clue words that helped them decide which kind of connection the statements are. Additionally, ask them to write connection statements of their own.

To support struggling students: before printing, circle clue words in each statement that help students determine the correct answer. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.  

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. 

You can also project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks. 

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This resource was created by Jennifer Hall, a teacher in North Carolina and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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