"These comprehensive Teacher Notes and Blackline Masters assist you in consolidating students skill development.The notes are organised on the Before Reading, During Reading, After Reading, and Going Beyond the Text model. Definitions for each comprehension skills, and answers for the student book guide notes are also provided.The Blackline Masters provide additional practice for each skill.
Making Connections provides an explicit framework to teach comprehension skills. It offers: explicit instruction in comprehension skills and strategies -- texts that are written specifically for each skill -- interactive big books that enable teachers to model comprehension skills and strategies. The Making Connections Interactive Big Books are laminated so that students can work interactively with the teacher and mark up the text. To do this: the teacher models the work while students circle/underline words they don't understand -- as a group, students and teacher revisit the text, re-reading the stories until the meaning of the text is clear. This is comprehension monitoring and is an integral part of Making Connections. The Big Books have Reader Response and Questioning Texts to support the development of critical literacy and to encourage students to generate questions at a literal, inferential and evaluative level.
"This Big Book provides texts that can be used to model and engage students in the comprehension process.There are 2 texts for each of the comprehension skills of: Identifying detail Main idea SequencingThe pages are laminated, allowing you to mark up the text as you model the skill.Supporting Graphic Organiser Comprehension Activity BLMs are in the Teacher Notes book which will assist students to organise their information.
The Making Connections Comprehension Library provides authentic texts which allow students to apply their comprehension skills in a real-world context. Inside the back cover of each book are critical literacy activities for the whole class, groups or individual students.