Spoiled by Oil & Truth About Sharks 25-26

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This book contains the fiction title Spoiled by Oil and the non-fiction title The Truth About Sharks.

In Spoiled by Oil, A girl records her experiences in a diary on holiday with her father who works as a wildlife officer. When an oil spill threatens hundreds of auks she reluctantly helps out. Through the rescue effort, she gains a new respect for her father’s work, the wildlife he protects, and herself. Features of Spoiled by Oil – First-person narrative – Character development – Sequence of events – Diary format and language – Theme of developing empathy and respect – Simple past tense – Linking words relating to time- this morning, finally, tomorrow, this afternoon Purpose Spoiled by Oil can be used for the following purposes: – introducing the ideas and vocabulary in the associated non-fiction title – exploring character development – confirming and revising predictions

In The Truth about Sharks, Sharks are often portrayed as aggressive predators but they usually avoid contact with people. This text explains some facts about sharks and challenges some of the myths that surround them. Features of The Truth about Sharks – Fact boxes – Captioned photographs – Comparisons – Specialised vocabulary- carnivore, marine biologist, plankton, scavenger, tissue, valve – Labelled diagram Purpose The Truth about Sharks can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – synthesising information – monitoring for meaning while reading identifying facts and opinions.

Themes covered in this book are: Animals Birds and Insects, Habitats, Life Science

Reading Level:25-26 (Emerald)

AuthorMandy Hager/Mike Bhana

SeriesSkyrider Double Takes

Year Level5


Guided Reading Level26

GenreDiary | General Narrative | Journal and Log | Persuasive Writing | Report

Theme/TopicAnimals and birds | Habitats | Life Science | Personal Change | Relationships

Strategy/SkillsCharacter study | Comprehension strategies | Fact and opinion | Making predictions | synthesising

Page Count32