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The Way It Was (Reading)

By Dot Meharry; illustrated by Spike Wademan. This text is levelled at Green 1.

In this non-fiction text, a young girl compares her life with that of her great-grandma. The illustrations expand on the information given in the written text. The text follows a “then/now” pattern, with the narrator stating what is the same for her and her great-grandma and what is different. The time difference is reinforced by the use of colour (sepia for the past and full colour for the present day) and by the use of content-specific vocabulary, such as “greatgrandma”, “fire”, and “stove”.

The following example highlights the sorts of reading behaviours teachers could expect to observe in students who are meeting the standard. Sometimes these behaviours will be in response to teacher prompts and questions, and sometimes they will be spontaneous as the students notice and respond to the ideas in the text. These behaviours may be during the first or subsequent readings and discussion.

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