“I would go to the store, I would buy cassette tapes, and I would read the liner notes and sort of subconsciously creating the connections between the rappers that I was reading and the poets that they were teaching us in school.”

Jason Reynolds

To connect is to relate. To relate is to understand. To read something it to absorb it into our own frame of reference and in doing so, expand ourselves.

A Slides Presentation on Connection tied to Constructing Meaning: Skills for Understanding Contemporary Texts (Nelson)