Answer: Provide the theme of the story and ask students to write briefly how the theme has been reflected in, or related to, their lives.
Comment: I never tried this idea. It certainly beats “Open your books to page 22 and read the story.” The next question is what do you do with this autobiographical material? Before they read the story and/or after they read the story? RayS.
Title: “Making Connections: “The Power of Autobiographical Writing Before Reading.” LS Hamann, et al. Journal of Reading (September 1991), 24-28.