After completing midyear reading assessments, I noticed that scholars were not consistently making connections to the big ideas in narrative text. They were making connections but many were to unimportant parts of the story and therefore unhelpful in assisting them in their ability to retell, summarize, infer character feelings/motives and determine author's purpose. As a result, I decided to spend some time on 'theme'. Scholars are reading groups of books with a common theme, determining the theme, and then making connections. With scaffolding, they seem to be making more helpful connections that go deeper than, "I have a dog too!".
Scholars used the app PicCollage to show their learning.