The Skate Jam-Racing with the Sun 27-28

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This book contains the fiction title The Skate Jam and the non-fiction title Racing with the Sun.

In The Skate Jam, Kate loves skateboarding and is practising for a skate contest. She overcomes teasing from other skaters and last-minute nerves to perform well at the jam. Features of The Skate Jam – Realistic fiction – First-person narrative – Interaction between the characters – Action and dialogue Purpose The Skate Jam can be used for the following purposes: – introducing the ideas and vocabulary in the associated non-fiction title – identifying the sequence of events – analysing the theme – drawing conclusions from the from the text – identifying and analysing characters’ emotions

In Racing with the Sun, A group of engineering students takes up the challenge to build a solar-powered car. Working together they plan design and build the car then take part in a race from Chicago to Los Angeles. Features of Racing with the Sun – Specialised vocabulary – chassis, solar cells, carbon fibre – Fact boxes – Quotes – Timeline – Map – Diagrams and photographs – Footnote Purpose Racing with the Sun can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – using a glossary and an index to build understanding – summarising and restating information – reading and interpreting timelines, maps, and diagrams text – identifying and analysing characters’ emotions.

Themes covered in this book are: Challenge, Leisure and Recreation, Invention, Science and Technology

Reading Level:27-28 (Ruby)

AuthorSusan Paris/Patrick Morgan

SeriesSkyrider Double Takes

Year Level4


Guided Reading Level27

Genreexplanation/procedure | Realistic Fiction

Theme/TopicChallenge | Character Education | Invention | Leisure and Recreation | Science and Technology

Strategy/SkillsAnalysing themes | Character study | Drawing conclusions | features of non-fiction | Sequencing | Summarising | Using graphic sources | vocabulary and word

Page Count32