The Universe & The Red Planet Level 27-28

This book contains the fiction title The Universe and Other Poems and the non-fiction title The Red Planet.

The Universe and Other Poems is an anthology of poems that focuses on the planets, moons, and other bodies of our solar system and the ways in which people are exploring space. Features of The Universe and Other Poems – Free verse – Rhyming quatrains – Haiku – Descriptive language Purpose The Universe and other poems can be used for the following purposes: – introducing the ideas and vocabulary in the associated non-fiction title – encouraging students to enjoy poetry – identifying the features of poetry – exploring the author’s use of descriptive language – using different kinds of poems – discussing the factual information in a poem – creating a glossary

In The Red Planet, Scientists think that Mars is the only planet in our solar system on which people might be able to one day. Spacecraft exploring the planet have sent back valuable information but there are still many problems that need to be solved before people could live there. Features of The Red Planet – Photographs and illustrations – Captions and labels – Fact boxes – Glossary and index – Newspaper articles – Report Purpose – The Red Planet can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – asking questions to deepen understanding – drawing conclusions from the text – gathering information from written and visual text – summarising and restating information

Themes covered in this book are: Exploration, Maths, Earth Science

Reading Level:27-28 (Ruby)

AuthorVarious/John Lockyer

SeriesSkyrider Double Takes

Year Level4


Guided Reading Level27


Theme/TopicEarth Science | Exploration | Maths

Strategy/SkillsAsking questions | Descriptive language | Drawing conclusions | Information skills | Summarising | Text structure

Page Count32