Flying High & Beating Diabetes Level 29-30

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This book contains the fiction title Flying High and the non-fiction title Beating Diabetes.

In Flying High, A young basketball player has to give up his dream of playing professional basketball when he finds out that he has diabetes. His uncle encourages him to “fly high” by making kites instead. Features of Flying High – Fictional first-person recount – Main events occur over a long period of time – Sequence of events – Descriptive language – Factual information about diabetes Purpose Flying High can be used for the following purposes: – introducing the ideas and vocabulary in the associated non-fiction title – exploring the factual information in a fiction text – making personal connections with the text – making predictions – sequencing the main events

In Beating Diabetes, Until the discovery of insulin in 1922 many people died from diabetes. Since then scientists’ knowledge and developments in technology have greatly improved the ways in which the disease is treated and millions of lives have been saved. Features of Beating Diabetes – Captioned photographs and illustrations – Fact boxes – Specialised vocabulary -insulin, syringe, vaccine, blood glucose level – Procedure – Timeline – Labelled diagrams Purpose Beating Diabetes can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – reading to find specific information – reading and interpreting fact boxes and timelines – gathering information from written and visual text – locating the main ideas.

Themes covered in this book are: Health, Personal Change, Science and Technology, Life Science

Reading Level: 29-30 (Sapphire)

AuthorAdrienne Jansen/Bill O'Brien

SeriesSkyrider Double Takes

Year Level4


Guided Reading Level28

GenreRealistic Fiction | Recount

Theme/TopicHealth | Life Science | Personal Change | Science and Technology

Strategy/SkillsInformation skills | Main ideas | Making connections | Making predictions | Sequencing | Using graphic sources

Page Count32