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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Response skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student responds to an increasingly challenging variety of sources that are read, heard, or viewed.

Ask questions that will allow students to describe personal connections.

Sample questions:

  • What does this remind you of in your life?
  • How is this similar to your life? How is it different?
  • How does this relate to something that has happened to you or something you have learned?
  • How does this make you feel? Why?

Ask students to draw or write personal connections. Consider the relevancy of the connection(s) and the detail included in the writing or drawing about personal connections.

When students explain personal connections they have made to something read, heard, or viewed, they are demonstrating how they have interpreted the explicit and implied ideas expressed. Personal connections are students' reactions to an idea and connections readers make between themselves and the sources.
Sources can be any communication medium. In second grade, they could include books, poems, digital texts, videos, illustrations, graphs, charts, emails, websites, or interviews with people.

Related 2009 Student Expectation

This student expectation is related to the following SE from the 2009 reading/language arts TEKS.

Figure 19: Reading/Comprehension Skills. Students use a flexible range of metacognitive reading skills in both assigned and independent reading to understand an author’s message. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater depth in increasingly more complex texts as they become self- directed, critical readers. The student is expected to: 
(F) make connections to own experiences, to ideas in other texts, and to the larger community and discuss textual evidence.