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Connected Reading

Connected Reading

Author: Emily Schultz

Welcome to the Connected Reading tutorial! Here you will find information about Connected Reading and different practices and tools that you can integrate into your own reading practices and your classroom. 

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Introduction to Connected Reading

This video will provide you with an overview of Connected Reading and a description of the Connected Reading Model.

Connected Reading in Practice

  1. Linear Text in Digital Format. This would be something such as a e-book on an e-reader or a PDF’d document. It is still in the traditional linear form, but digitalized. An affordance of this type of text is that there is more opportunity to interact with it than with traditional text. For example, seeing word’s definition on a Kindle or making annotations on the text and sharing those with other readers. The limitation however, is that there are still limited opportunities to interact with the text in a more meaningful way.  
  2. Nonlinear Text with Hyperlinks. Examples of this form of connected reading include digital reading of Wikipedia pages or new articles. These types of texts have hyperlinked words or phrases that lead the reader to other sources. This can be great form for learning and reading about new ideas because it allows the reader to quickly access additional texts or resources through the hyperlinks. A limitation of this type of reading is that it can be distracting for the reader and more difficult to focus on the original text.
  3. Text with Integrated Media. This is perhaps the newest form of connected reading, but is gaining in popularity. It includes long form journalism, such as articles found in the New York Times. One such article, titled Snow Fall, integrates moving images along with videos as the reader moves through the article. Another example includes Inanimate Alice, a digital story that integrates music, video, and puzzles as the reader moves through the story. Texts with integrated media such as these are interactive and allow for multiple forms of meaning making. They are also very engaging for the reader. Perhaps the biggest limitation for this type of reading is that it is new and we do not yet know the different reading strategies that will be required or other challenges that will arise. 

SAMR Model of Technology Integration

This video will provide you with an explanation and exploration of Puentadera's SAMR Model, discussed in the light of Connected Reading. SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. Andrea goes through the SAMR Chart and provides a bit more depth into what each level can achieve.


This video will provide you with an overview of hypertexts and how they impact readers and reading strategies.

Lesson Plans

Below are three lessons developed to help you integrate Connected Reading into your classroom. They cover the teaching of Connected Reading practices, such as annotations and hyperlinks, as well as teaching a topic with the assistance of digital tools.

Annotation and Screencasting


The Atticus Question Lesson Plan

This lesson plan would be incomplete without the following link, which is a WebQuest designed to be followed prior to the class:


Reading Digitally - Hypertexts



Below is a table of different tools that one can use when doing and teaching Connected Reading. The table includes apps for digital reading, digital tools for print text, digital tools for videos, and digital tools for digital text.


Source: Adapted from: Turner & Hicks (2015). Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World. IL: NCTE.