This is the second of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed Lesson #1, you can see it here.
In this lesson students are going to do the following:
- read The Town Mouse and the County Mouse
- write statements that make connections related to the text
- state the type of connection that is made
- compare characters from The Town Mouse and the County Mouse to characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- read statistics about the rich and poor in America
- make connections between what is taking place in the world to the texts
Activity #1 Making Connections with Text
Print the handout provided. Read The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. A short version of this story is provided on the handout. If you prefer, you can have students read another version of the story.
Have students complete the handout by writing statements about the text. For each statement, students must select which type of connection is being made.
Activity #2 Making Text-to-Self Connections
In the next printable provided, students select one of the characters from The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. They then complete the Venn Diagram to compare and contrast
themselves to the character.
Activity #3 Making Text-to Text Connections
Two printables are provided. The first contains short excerpts from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for students to know a little about the characters Veruca Salt and Charlie Bucket.
The next handout contains a Venn Diagram for students to compare The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Activity #4 Text-to-World
A final handout is provided with a couple of links. These go to statistical information and facts about the richest and poorest Americans. Students can use this information to make connections to The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.