In an effort to read more, I had students read an excerpt from A House on Mango Street and make connections to the movie we watched based on the memoir Almost a Woman. One of my colleagues told me about a visual she learned in college and uses to teach schema and the importance of making connections. She takes hangers that are hooked together and explains that it represents their knowledge. Then, upon taking a new hanger, she explains that if you connect your new knowledge to your prior knowledge, the “hanger” of knowledge will become part of what you know. But, if you only learn it for a test, and don’t make any connections to your schema, the new knowledge falls to the ground and does not become part of what you know.