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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


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Bobbie DeLozier

November 10, 2013

This is a great lesson plan designed to teach guided reading comprehension using the Double Entry Journal to make connections with the text. I really like how the teacher teaches the students the difference in text-to-text connection, text-to-self connection and text-to-world connection. I also like how she uses student-facilitated comprehension centers to further help students understand the idea of connections to text.


Brandi Killian

November 09, 2013

This was a wonderful lesson that I will use for guiding comprehension. The lesson plan was step-by step which makes it easy to follow. I like how the lesson went over text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections. With these connections the lesson plan provided several different strategies to teach the students with small group, modeling, guiding, individual, and whole-group reflection. By providing different strategies it helps keep the students engaged which provides a better assessment for the teacher to see what the students are comprehending and struggling with.



November 09, 2013

I really like this lesson, I think it breaks down the in steps very well and this keeps the students engaged. It is fun and involves much peer and group participation. Reading is crucial in education and making a connection to the text is so important part that many kids do not get. I like this lesson as it fun, interactive, keeps that student interested, teaches strategies and it assesses the students skills that they have learned. Can't wait to try this lesson with my kiddos.


Christy Bridges

November 08, 2013

I really enjoyed the in-depth detail of this lesson plan. I really like the double entry journal and the visual organization it provides students. The repeated use of the posters is great visual reinforcement of the concepts as well. I like the detailed instructions provided for the comprehension centers. I have never heard of centers being used in that manner and I know that will be very helpful for all students. My favorite aspect of the lesson plan is the repeated modeling, review and teacher and student-guided teaching.


Sherri Shirrell

November 04, 2012

This was a very good lesson plan for teaching comprehension. The step-by-step process was very understandable and provided the students with a process that is easy to understand and execute. By teaching the kids the routines that are expected and providing them with the comprehension centers, they will be able to easily make the connections and be creative in their understanding.


cosandra reed

November 04, 2012

I have not had the chance to apply this lesson, but I do like the way the lesson was broken down into simple enough sections so students will not be over whelmed. I really thought it was good how the lesson plan explained the strategy and importance of making a connection with your students. Being able to understand the text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world is a good way for student to really understand the information that they need to retain. This is a lesson plan that will use for my students and I think it will be very productive as well.


Matt Ball

November 04, 2012

I find this lesson to be an excellent tool for teaching reading comprehension. I am an advocate for teaching reading comprehension to students through their life experiences, so I believe the strategy of text to text, text to self, and text to world is an excellent teaching tool. I also really liked how small group work leads to whole class discussion. This is definitely a lesson I will be using.


Amy Cavness

November 03, 2012

This lesson seems like a lot of fun. There are many different options for the students to learn and that is great because not every student learns the same way. The double-entry journal is a great idea. I think students like to somehow relate themselves to what they are reading. I know I learn better myself when I put myself in the situation. My favorite part of this lesson is the student-facilitated comprehension center. This seems like a fun way to get the students engaged and I like how you gave so many different options for them to choose which way is best for them.


Kevin Swain

November 02, 2012

I use centers in my class everyday and I have found it very useful in getting my students to interact in the lessons while it is being taught. I use a center that my students get together in two groups and learn the alphabet we start one group at the beginning and the other group at the end and we meet in the middle and we have learn our ABC by using this center.


Sylvia Ellis

November 02, 2012

This article contained some creative ideas which can be implemented in class. After completing the lesson plan by placing students in small groups, they were able to make valid connection with the text given. They express their reactions clearly when using the Double-Entry Journal. Most of my students made similar reactions and connected well with their reading and vocabulary strategies. They were also able to comprehend the text by using the three literacy strategies. I also enjoyed how the lesson plan gave a daily step by step direction on how to build students vocabulary and reading skills, through the usage of a Double-Entry Journal. The Double- Entry Journal technique is an excellent strategy for students to learn. Students may use their own interpretation to make a connection using any of the three literacy strategies. What I also found helpful was using a Rubric for journal responses as well. It is a visual tool for students to utilize, connect, comprehend, learn new vocabulary and make substantial responses about their text. It also guides students toward excellence



November 01, 2012

I enjoyed reading this article. Understanding how to apply comprehension srateges with making connection to what your reading, I find very important for a reader to succeed. Also, the three types of connection Text to self, Text to Text, and Text to world were very helpful with showing a student how to relate to what they are reading. I can improve my teaching by folling the guidence of this article.


Heather Lipps

October 31, 2012

I really enjoyed the lesson on making connections and using double-entry journals. I am a special education teacher and I have several students that need help in communication arts. This lesson plan could absolutely be adapted to use with my students. I liked the posters breaking down the text-to-text connection, text-to-self connection, and text-to-world connection. I thought they explained what each connection meant and could be easily understood by any student on any level. I thought the lesson plan clearly demonstrated each strategy and was an excellent way to break down books or material the students were reading. I also loved the way the lesson plan used small groups and that the groups were designed to be teacher and student led. I am looking forward to using this lesson plan in my classroom.


Jo Beth Moses

October 31, 2012

I really enjoyed reading this lesson plan, I believe that this lesson plan will be very useful and I agree that using these 3 techniques will be great when teaching reading and when students are trying to comprehened the story.


Brandie Klinkhardt

October 30, 2012

I think this lesson plan is a relatively good lesson plan. It appears to use a variety of teaching methods for a variety of learners. I like how it is spread out and appears to explain thing well before moving on to another skill or method. I would use this lesson plan in my class with a few modifications since my students are younger.


Julie Margenthaler

October 30, 2012

I love how your lesson is taught to engage all learning styles.



October 29, 2012

I think this lesson plan will help students understand the three types of connections and apply the comprehension strategy to make connections. This lesson plan is supposed to last at least three days and help students learn these strategies in groups and independently. On Day 1, the teacher explains the three types of connections: text-to-text connection, text-to-self connection, and text-to-world connection. The second day is to pick up and finish the lesson, while the third day is reflecting. I think these steps will help the students understand the information better. I think the third day’s reflection will tell the teacher how well the lesson worked for the students.


Katie Powell

October 27, 2012

The ideas that were given for the student-facilitated comprehension centers were great. Expressing understanding through drama, writing, art and research will help to reinforce the strategy of a double-entry journal for full comprehension.


Tammy Gardner

October 25, 2012

I like the double entry journal. This organizer will help the students learn about connections to the text and how to find connections. I like that the lesson plan includes modeling, guiding, individual and small group practice, and whole group reflection. I also like that part of the lesson was student led. I believe this assists students to understand the strategy better by having a peer explaining the strategy in their own words. I will use this lesson plan because making connections is a very important reading skill.



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