Text to World Connections

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10414

In this lesson, the student will explore text to world connections to create associations with history, current events, and the world around him or her with the use of graphic organizers.


Reading, Reading

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


How does what you read relate to the world around you?

A type of connection a reader makes is a text to world connection. A text to world connection is made when the reader uses information from the world to understand what he or she is reading. A worlconnection comes from history, the news, and from your observations or knowledge about the place where you live or about world events. Watch this video to see an example of a text to world connection.  

Deep text connections help the reader create mental images, understand how a character is feeling, understand the events, and feel like he or she is a part of the story. Connections should not be distracting you from what you are reading. Some questions to consider when making text to world connections are:   

  • What does this remind you of in history, the news, or current events?  
  • How is this text information similar to events in the world? 
  • How is this text information different from the events in the world that relate to the book?  
  • This character reminds me of ________________ because…  
  • The part of the text reminds me of the __________________…  
  • I think the book will end this way because __________________… 

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