Maui’s Fish & Island Beginnings 25-26

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This book contains the fiction title Maui’s Fish and the non-fiction title Island Beginnings.

In Maui’s Fish, for thousands of years, people have been telling myths to explain events in the natural world. The people of Hawaii tell this tale of Maui and his “big catch” to explain the origin of their islands. Features of Maui’s Fish – Retelling of a myth – Simple past tense – Third-person narrative – Based on oral tradition – Explains origin of things in the natural world Purpose Maui’s Fish can be used for the following purposes: – introducing the ideas and vocabulary in the associated non-fiction title – exploring the features of myths – making inferences

In Island Beginnings the reader learns that an island is a unique environment that is home to many kinds of life. This book describes the many ways that islands are formed and introduces a few of their special inhabitants. Features of Island Beginnings – Comparisons – Aerial photographs with zoom effects – Fact boxes – Captioned photographs – Diagrams – Maps – Specialised vocabulary – debris, ecosystem, glacier, habitat, ice age, organism, archipelago Purpose Island Beginnings can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – retrieving and classifying information – exploring cause and effect – comparing and contrasting information – determining importance.

Themes covered in this book are: Change over time, Earth Science, Geography

Reading Level:25-26 (Emerald)


AuthorSusan Paris

SeriesSkyrider Double Takes

Year Level5


Guided Reading Level26

GenreExplanation | Myth and Legend

Theme/TopicAncient Peoples | Change over Time | Conflict | Earth Science | Geography | Relationships

Strategy/SkillsCause and effect | Comparing and contrasting | Comprehension strategies | Information skills | Making inferences | Text structure

Page Count32