1. Use the template 2. Write down your BEST connections to self & text 3. Use full sentences and make specific connections Bad example: In the story, Maniac Magee likes shoes. This reminds me that I also like shoes. Good example: In the story, Maniac Magee loves the sound of pancakes on the griddle. This reminds me of when my dad makes pancakes in the morning. We don't use a griddle at our house, but I can hear the pancakes cooking in the pan and it makes a very satisfying sound.