Good readers make connections between their experiences and the text and analyze the text to differentiate between important events and supporting details. In this activity, students put related or unrelated words/phrases into sections of a circle to determine the relationship between them, make connections and inferences and draw conclusions.
Reading Strategy 6: Connect what you read with what you already know.
Reading Strategy 7: Determine the most important ideas and events and the relationship between them.
Reading Strategy 11: Make inferences and draw conclusions.
(2) Put an unrelated word in one of the sections. Ask students to find the one that does not fit, then ask them to name the concept and explain their thinking.
(3) Leave one or two sections of the circle empty. Ask students to fill in the empty section(s) with a word or two that relates in some way to the terms in the other sections, then ask them to name the concept and explain.
(4) Ask students to create their own concept circles.