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Guided Comprehension: Making Connections Using a Double-Entry Journal

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Guided Comprehension: Making Connections Using a Double-Entry Journal

Grades 4 – 6
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2003)

  • Computers with Internet access

  • Three instructional-level texts (see Suggested Booklist for Cesar Chavez)

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Letter Generator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.


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1. Read Harvesting Hope and print out copies of the Double-Entry Journal for students.

2. Use the Summary Sheet: Student-Facilitated Comprehension Routines and the websites listed above to familiarize yourself with the making connections strategy, which includes three types of connections: text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world. Another recommended resource is the book Guided Comprehension: A Teaching Model for Grades 3-8 by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen (International Reading Association, 2002).

3. Print the making connections posters, Text-to-Self Connection, Text-to-Text Connection, and Text-to-World Connection, and either post them in your classroom or copy them onto transparencies to present to students.

4. Gather three instructional-level texts that match the needs of three levels of reading in your class (see Suggested Booklist for Cesar Chavez).

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