comprehending :: activating prior knowledge :: making connections :: projective connection ::

self to text

Working Definition

A projective self to text connection is a personal connection that occurs when the reader projects a personal experience or themselves into the text. In other words, they can project their own experiences into the text. This type of connection is generally a more powerful strategy for comprehending than the inverse. For example, if while reading a text about a dog the reader makes the connection that they also have a dog, this would be a reflective text to self connection. This example of text to self connection is somewhat egocentric, and if not expanded upon, of limited use as a strategy for comprehending. Extending this reflective text to self connection into a projective self to text connection by considering how the reader's dog would react to the circumstances of the story, and drawing predictive inferences about what could happen next in the story, would increase the effectiveness of connections as a strategy for comprehending.


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