Stories are usually associated with books – but what are stories in stones? The fossils in this book tell stories of a time long, long ago. Features of the Book – The use of technical terms – “fossil”, “mosasaur”, and “ammonite”. – The concept of a vast amount of time passing. – Additional challenges in text in smaller type. – The use of bold type for emphasis. – The explanatory section on page 4. – Text that encourages close attention to the photographs and illustrations. – The use of comparisons – “like a penguin” and “like an octopus”. – Multisyllabic words – “mosasaur”, “dinosaurs”, “elasmosaur”, “ammonite”, and “octopus”. – Changes of tense throughout the text. Purpose Stories in Stones can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies: – discussing the organisational structure of the text; – discussing new vocabulary and extending understanding; – writing to the author about their opinion of the story.
Guided Reading Level22
Theme/TopicChange over Time | Earth Science
Strategy/SkillsForming opinions | Text structure | vocabulary and word