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School Journal Level 3 May 2019

School Journal Level 3, May 2019 cover image

PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) for the following:

    TSM Audio
Stories Broken Wing  
Whānau    
Donkey Sleepover    
Poem Words   
Comic Speechless    
Articles Iris and Dogstar  
Unwanted Visitors    

Series: School Journal

Publication date: May 2019

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Broken Wing.

Broken Wing

by Paul Mason

Illustrations by Rosie Colligan

This mysterious story combines the familiarity of a coming-of-age story with elements of fantasy. The setting and time are vague. There is magic at work, yet most students will relate to the sense of pressure that comes from trying to meet an older person’s expectations while working out personal values and priorities. The layers of meaning in the story and its rich poetic language make it an excellent model for writing.

Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Learning area: English, Science

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 6

Category: Fiction

Related titles: “The Red Ball” SJ L3 May 2015 | “Kahawai” SJ L3 October 2013

Topics: agreements, allegory, change, coming-of-age, fairy tales, family, fantasy, fishing, honesty, honour, keeping your word, mood, mystery, narrative, trust

In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Publication date: May 2019

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Whānau.

Whānau

by Whiti Hereaka

Illustrations by Bo Moore

Timi's still waiting for Nan's place to feel like home. 

Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Learning area: English

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 5

Category: Fiction

Topics: animals, caring, change, family, grandparents, grief, homesickness, loss, love, Māori, rural, support, te ao Māori, whānau, whangai

In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Publication date: May 2019

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Donkey Sleepover.

Donkey Sleepover

by Sarah Johnson

Illustrations by Minky Stapleton

There's no getting over it. 

Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Learning area: English

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 5

Category: Fiction

Topics: birthdays, bullying, change, cliques, family, fitting in, friendship, identity, outsiders, peer pressure, popularity, school, sleepover

In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Publication date: May 2019

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Iris and Dogstar.

Iris and Dogstar

by Iris Marshall

This article is based on the diary of Iris Marshall, a ten-year-old girl who sailed on the yacht Dog Star with her parents and a family friend from New Zealand to Nouméa. The text details the highs and lows of the journey from Iris’s perspective and includes some excerpts from the on-board logbook. While few students will have had the experience of sailing, many will have experienced sea sickness, and most will relate to and be interested in the day-to-day details of life at sea. The text could be used as a starting point to explore the nature of adventure, its perils, and its rewards.

Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Learning area: English

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 5

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: Texts related by theme “Boy on a Bike” SJ L3 May 2015 | “Journey on the Sea” SJ L3 August 2018 | “Border Control” “Captain Cook: Charting Our Islands” SJ L4 May 2016 | “What Is Biosecurity?” Border Security, Connected L3 2011

Topics: adventure, co-ordinates, danger, diaries, family, GPS, journeys, logs, navigation, Pacific Ocean, recount, sailing, sea, travel, weather, yachts

In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Publication date: May 2019

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Unwanted Visitors.

Unwanted Visitors

by Allan Burne

Fruit flies, kauri dieback, didymo, ragwort ...

Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Learning area: English

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 6

Category: Non-fiction

Topics: biosecurity, borders, community surveillance, customs, disease, didymo, economy, environment, foot-and-mouth disease, fruit flies, kauri dieback, pests, predators, quarantine, security, stink bugs, weeds

In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Publication date: May 2019

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Speechless.

Speechless

by Austin Milne

It’s speech day, but there are several problems.

Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Learning area: English

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 6

Category: Fiction

Topics: anxiety, comics, confidence, dreams, graphic novels, humour, illustrations, imagination, nerves, public speaking, school, siblings, speeches, visual language, worry

In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Publication date: May 2019

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Words.

Words

by James Brown

Poem

Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Learning area: English

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 5

Topics: bullying, humour, language, narrative poems, poetry, power, relationships, resilience, school

In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

Publication date: May 2019

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