Pol and Pax in the Salty Red Sea
Nelson ‘New Way’ Series, Orange Level
How The Text Teaches
The sentences are in extended paragraphs on separate pages. There is not one line to a single page, this indicates that the children reading this type of text are at a higher reading level and place less dependence on the amount of visual contextualisation through pictures to understanding the meaning of the text.
There is a mixture of long and short sentences with varying complexity. As a child would now be familiar with short simple sentences there are examples of both compound and complex syntax.
There is a mixture of both present and past sentences to familiarise children with grammatical structures and to introduce them to more complicated verbs.
Future: We’ll have to look in our sea and river atlas.”
Past: “He had caught a small shark.”
Compound: “They eat a slice of brain food every day and this makes them as clever as they need to be”
Complex: “They wanted to see which of them could catch the strangest fish”
There are interrogatives: “Can you please tell me how I can get to the salty red seas”
Declaratives: “We only east brain food.”
and Imperatives: “Please go and get it.”
“They wanted to see which of them could catch the strangest fish”
In the sentence above the phrase ‘which of them’ is the object of the first clause and the subject of the second. This is a far more complicated order than younger texts and so develops their understanding.
The text however still avoids passive sentences, as this ellipsis can confuse children at this age. (orange level is ages 5-6).