Schema Theory:
Making Connections . . .
In order to really understand a text, good readers link what they read to their past experiences, their prior knowledge, and the web of information they already have saved in their brain.

Text to Self: Ask yourself . . .how does this relate to me? to my life?
Text to Text: Ask yourself . . .how does this relate to other things I have read? watched? heard? (books, movies, songs, plays, etc.)
Text to World: Ask yourself . . .how does this relate to things happening in the real world? the news? current events? history?
Link to Spongebob episode where you get to see inside his brain: his schema are filing cabinets. . .start watching at about 3 minutes in . . .