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Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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  • Student at school.

    How to be Normal

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Annaleese Jochems

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    "Charley’s at the old playground, sitting on the bottom of the slide and concentrating. When the bell rings, she’ll walk back to class – but first, she’ll wait till at least half the other kids have done the same. She’s improving herself. This week, she’s fixing her habit of being back at her desk too soon. It’s unnecessary, and it singles her out."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bullying, change, communication, difference, drawing, dreaming, fitting in, friendship, normality, outsiders, peer groups, school

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • New boots cover image.

    New Boots

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Tim Jones

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    "Charlie’s own pack was fine, but he was hungry, and his new boots pinched. Plus his mates were way ahead, having a great time – and here he was stuck at the back with Mr Ngaia and the new kid."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, bullying, family, friendship, kea, managing self, narrative, outdoors, relationships, respect for others, responsibilty, scouts, tramping

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Miri and raru cover.

    Miri and Raru

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Dylan Horrocks

    This lively graphic text provides a hilarious take on the old “dog ate my homework” story. Miri draws monsters in her schoolbooks to calm herself down when she’s feeling angry or upset. When one drawing comes to life, she finds that her teacher is surprisingly understanding.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bullying, comics, drawing, fantasy, fitting in, graphic novel, graphic text, humour, illustrations, imagination, monsters, teachers

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • The force cover

    The Force

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrated by Matt Haworth

    Egged on by his brother, Harper works through his fears of jumping off the bridge into the water. "Do or do not. There is no try."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, courage, family, fantasy, fear, fiction, holidays, imagination, independence, managing self, relating to others, rites of passage, rivers, self-belief, siblings, Star Wars, swimming, Yoda

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Max and Alice.

    Max and Alice

    by Bernard Beckett; illustrations by Sarah Illingworth

    On the day of the swimming sports, Max took off his shoes and socks and put them on again three times. Only then was he happy that his socks were lined up exactly the way he liked them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Asperger’s, ASD, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, birthday, bullying, difference, diversity, friendship, identity, interpersonal skills, managing self, relating to others, relationships, respect, school, smiles, support

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • My name is rez cover image.

    My Name is Rez

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    written and illustrated by Toby Morris

    Rez Gardi was born in a Kurdish refugee camp in Pakistan and came to New Zealand as a young child, with her family. This graphic text is a memoir, looking back on her life so far. She is now a successful lawyer, a worker for refugees, and was the 2017 Young New Zealander of the year.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bullying, change, comic, culture, difference, graphic text, immigrants, Iraq, Kurdistan, Kurds, migration, Pakistan, refugee camps, refugees, resettlement, Rez Gardi, school, teasing, Turkey, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Just kidding cover.

    Just Kidding

    by Marisa Maepu

    This story gently and implicitly explores the theme of bullying and provides opportunities for students to consider strategies for dealing with similar situations. Told through the eyes of a narrator, it portrays the tensions between Henry and Sefa but also focuses on the importance of maintaining personal integrity. The decisions taken by Henry and Sefa can be compared and discussed, with some analysis of the consequences. The story also deals with the responsibilities of those noticing bullying behaviour around them. 

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • The bullet cover.

    The Bullet

    by Sarah Penwarden

    “The Bullet” has been adapted as a graphic text from the story of the same name in School Journal 4.3.08. In both versions, the story is about a boy who is bullied in his new school and faces decisions that could change the course of his young life. The graphic text format is more accessible and engaging, and provides multiple opportunities for readers to access the sophisticated themes and abstract ideas of the original story. The illustrations use a gritty, raw style that highlights the sense of danger and risk. The text offers opportunities for students to build on the key competencies of managing self and relating to others.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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