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School Journal Level 4 October 2015

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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
Stories Hatter’s Gold
Benny  
Oakley Creek  
The Seeing Hawk  
Mr Archibald  
Poems Family Photographs
Articles Return of the Moa?
Comic Man  

Series: School Journal

Publication date: October 2015

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Hatter’s Gold

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by Renata Hopkins

illustrations by Matt Haworth

This historical fiction story is set in the West Coast mining town of Blackball in the early 1900s. Laurie, a twelve-year-old boy whose father is a coal miner, tells the story. When the miners go on strike, Laurie realises his family won’t be able to afford the new boots he needs. Laurie sets off to find some gold. Instead he finds a fatally injured old miner (a “hatter”) who opens up the possibility that there are more options than mining.

Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: Blackball, coal, coalmining, early 1900s, gold, goldmining, hatters, historical fiction, miners, New Zealand history, poverty, strikes, workers’ rights

In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Publication date: October 2015

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Benny

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by Bernard Beckett

illustrations by Pippa Keel

“That day last week shouldn’t have been different, but it was.”

Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 7

Category: Fiction

Topics: abilities, bullying, change, difference, friendship, streaming

In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Publication date: October 2015

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Oakley Creek

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by Kate Paris

illustrations by Bridget Monro

A swim with friends is complicated…

Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 7

Category: Fiction

Topics: dishonesty, family, friendship, guilt, lying, parents, Pasifika, peer pressure, responsibility

In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Publication date: October 2015

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The Seeing Hawk

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by Ben Brown 

illustrations by Tim Gibson

“I had become a silent, soaring hawk.”

Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Fiction

Topics: ancestry, family, generations, hawk, kāhu, kites, koro, Māoritanga, matakite, visionary, whānau

In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Publication date: October 2015

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Mr Archibald

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by Oliver McLean, Arrowtown School

Winner of the 2015 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

illustrations by Craig Phillips

Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Curriculum level: 4

Category: Fiction

Topics: Boer War, bravery, conscientious objectors, cowardice, Elsie Locke, First World War, student writing

In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Publication date: October 2015

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Return of the Moa?

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by Quinn Berentson

Could moa really be brought back from extinction? This high-interest article considers the scientific and ethical issues related to the de-extinction of moa and other species. The ethical conundrums are explored using a “for” and “against” format, and further details are supplied in a humorous “how to” section. The final section puts forward several other contenders for de-extinction.

Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: bioethics, cloning, controversy, debate, de-extinction, DNA, ecology, environment, for and against, genetics, moa, threatened species

In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Publication date: October 2015

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Comic Man

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 by Kate De Goldi

How does being a comic book artist happen?

Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 7

Category: Non-fiction

Topics: art, careers, cartoons, comics, creativity, dialogue, drawing, Dylan Horrocks, graphic novels, graphic text, stories, storylines

In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Publication date: October 2015

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Family Photographs

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by Alison Wong 

In this prose poem, the poet reflects on two old photographs that show her father at different ages. In one, her father was four years old and was living in New Zealand with his family. By the time of the second photo, the family had gone back to China and there are two more children. Both photos show his siblings, and the clothes they wear reflect the styles of the two very different countries.

Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 7

Category: Fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: ancestry, Chinese, estrangement, family, history, immigration, New Zealand history, poetry, poll tax

In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

Publication date: October 2015

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