Strategy Title: Connection Stems
Content Area(s): History, English
Source: McLaughlin, M. (2010). Content Area Reading: Teaching and Learning in an Ago of Multiple Literacies. Pearson Education, Inc: Boston, MA. Pages 55-56.
Description of the Strategy: Students make connections between the text they are reading and themselves. There are three kinds of Connection Stems, they are: text-self, text-text, and text-world or others. After reading a text, students use a stem such as “that reminds me of…” and they fill in the blank. In doing so, students make a personal connection with the text they are reading, or they make a connection with another text or with the world.
Adaptations for Diverse Students:
1. ESE: (Select one special need like visually impaired and describe accommodations for that student.): A legally blind student:
This student will be given a text to read in brail.
2. ESOL: (Select one language level and address the needs of a student at that level.): A Polish student with a moderate English language level:
This student will be encouraged to make a connection with the text with his personal cultural background. He will be encouraged to find connections with either his personal life or with texts from his cultural upbringing.