About Into Connectors and Connectors

Into Connectors introduces students to the Reciprocal Reading approach in a very supportive way that is easy to implement. For many students this may be the first time they have worked independently without the teacher. The topics are specifically chosen to stimulate discussion and thinking. Recommended for Students 8+ years. Before reading, students select a coloured ‘leadership’ icon. When a student’s coloured icon appears on a spread, they become the leader of the discussion for that page. Students are provided with detailed prompts throughout the books to assist in initiating meaningful group discussion.

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Into Connectors

Into Connectors introduce learners to the Reciprocal Reading approach in a supportive way that is easy to implement. For many learners this may be the first time they have worked independently without the teacher. The topics are specifically chosen to stimulate discussion and thinking. Before reading, learners select a coloured ‘leadership’ icon. When a learner’s coloured icon appears on a spread, they become the leader of the discussion for that page. Learners are provided with detailed prompts throughout the books to assist in initiating meaningful group discussion.

BY USING INTO CONNECTORS, LEARNERS EXPERIENCE EXPLICIT PRACTICE IN:

  • oral language
  • applying comprehension strategies
  • expressing their thoughts and opinions
  • extending their vocabulary and furthering research topics of interest.

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Connectors

Connectors are fiction and non-fiction books based on the principles of reciprocal teaching. In this approach, learners work in small independent groups to develop comprehension and oral/language skills. Modelled on the researched and proven Reciprocal Reading approach, explicit scaffolds in each book provide a structure for learners to actively practice and develop their literacy skills and strategies in small peer groups – independent of the teacher.

CONNECTORS WILL BENEFIT LEARNERS BY:

  • increasing oral-language development through group discussion and listening to others
  • developing comprehension strategies
  • increasing vocabulary with high-interest words
  • encouraging sharing, participation and cooperation with others
  • developing confidence in taking leadership roles
  • stimulating an interest in a variety of topics
  • practising research skills.

Connectors are designed to facilitate understanding through learner-led discussions in small peer groups – independent of the teacher. To support this, at the beginning of every Connectors title, learners are provided guidelines that explain how to use the four key comprehension strategies as they read and discuss the text together.

On each page of the text, prompts to use the strategies are provided to guide the discussion. Additional comprehension strategies are also included in Connectors titles and are signalled throughout the text with the use of a stop sign. The additional strategies help learners:

  • make connections
  • visualise
  • form opinions
  • infer (Series 2).

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Teachers’ Resource Book

The Teachers’ Resource Book outlines a process for introducing the Into Connectors’ approach to learners using a day-by-day approach. The teacher gradually withdraws as a group participant when the learners are able to work as an independent peer group.

THEY PROVIDE:

  • Ideas to develop learners’ oral-language skills and comprehension strategies.
  • A model of the program in action-assessment and evaluation ideas.
  • Blackline masters related to the ‘Something to Think About’ activities.
  • Research related to Reciprocal Reading.

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