Why have a Joiner (Thatcher)?

Making connections while you read helps strengthen learning, because your ideas in your mind work best when they fit together like links on a chain. 

Making associations is the name of the game for making these links. 

To activate the process, try making analogies that are vivid, concrete and relatable. 

Connect Reading to Existing Knowledge

You began to do this with Sage, the Prior Knowledge Scout during pre-reading. Continue as you read.

  • Use the Reminds me of … technique:
  • While you read, think and record, how does this information relate to what I know about myself, other things I have read, and the world around me?
  • Make Analogies
  • Use Text-to-Text, Text-to-Self and Text-to-World Connections
    (Harvey & Goudvis, 2000)

JOINER Text Connections

Text Connections Revised


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