Smile! said Dad Level 6-8

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In Smile! said Dad, the reader follows the story of a family trying to capture a family photo. But somebody manages to spoil the shot every time Dad attempts to take a family photograph. Features of the Book – The variety of vocabulary and punctuation. – The use of repetition. – The use of direct speech. – The format of the cover -photograph and beach creatures. – The use of contractions -“I’ll” and “I’ve”. – The use of creative typography and onomatopoeia -“click”. – The blends -“cl”, “ck”, and “sm”. – The high-frequency words -“have”, “her”, “again”, “said”, “had”, and “was”. Purpose “Smile!” said Dad can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies: -predicting the meanings of new or unfamiliar words from the context of the story; -using knowledge of onset and rime to create new words from those in the story; -using a range of punctuation to read expressively; -innovating on an original story line to write another version.

Themes covered in this book are: Relationships, Leisure and Recreation

Reading Level: 6-8 (Yellow)

AuthorJane Buxton

SeriesLM Literacy

Year Level1


Guided Reading Level6

GenreGeneral Narrative

Theme/TopicLeisure and Recreation | Relationships

Strategy/SkillsFluency | Making predictions | using text as models for writing

Page Count8

Word Count72


Dimensions165 x 145