Remembering the Quake (SE)

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In Remembering the Quake the reader follows the story of Anne Donaghy and how she survived the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. This particular earthquake killed 115 people and caused extensive damage to the coasts of the United States and Canada. Anne shares the memories she has of that day with the author, who then presents her account as an oral history.

The features of this book are:

  • Presented in an interview format
  • Expository and procedural text
  • Historic and family photographs
  • Maps
  • Fact files
  • Specialised vocabulary:- aftershocks, debris, tsunami
  • Labelled diagrams and photographs of the damage
  • The use of emotive and descriptive languages

Remembering the Big Quake can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills:

  • Relating events in a story to the students’ own experiences
  • Making predictions from text and photographs
  • Investigating the language of an interview
  • Discussing open and closed questions
  • Planning and conducting an oral history interview
  • Retrieving and reformatting information
  • Researching a topic using different sources

Themes covered in this book are: Earth Science, Natural Disasters, Interviews

Reading Level:29-30 Sapphire

AuthorAlan Trussell-Cullen

SeriesSkyrider Chapters

Year Level5


Guided Reading Level29

GenreMemoir | Procedure

Theme/TopicEarth Science | Interviews | Natural Disasters

Strategy/SkillsInformation skills | Making connections | Making predictions

Page Count32