In Searching for Sea Lions the reader follows Photographer and writer Kim Westerskov who undertook an expedition to remote Campbell Island. The purpose of this visit was to take underwater photographs of rare species of sea lion for a film and a book about a remote South Pacific Island. Features of the Book – Dramatic photographs, – Non-fiction in first-person narrative form, – Descriptive language – a very special underwater dance; seaweed sways and dances, – The author’s affinity with the sea lions, – The use of framed and overlapping images in the layout, – The simple fact chart, – Specialised vocabulary – bull pup, flipper, – The factual information in italics, Purpose Searching for Sea Lions can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – exploring how information is presented in different ways, – discussing technical vocabulary, – discussing an author’s use of descriptive language, – describing the mental images evoked by the text, – forming and revising questions for investigation, – locating and summarising information.
Themes covered in this book are: Careers, Life Science, Different Lands
Reading Level: 25-26 (Emerald)
Guided Reading Level25
GenreMemoir | Recount
Theme/TopicCareers | Different Lands | Life Science
Strategy/SkillsDescriptive language | Information skills | Visualising | vocabulary and word