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Instructional Series

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

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  • Breakdown.

    Breakdown

    by Tricia Glensor

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Book cover of JJ 48.

    Mum and Jake can’t go to the supermarket because Mum’s car won’t start. When the tow truck arrives, Jake takes a keen interest in everything the tow- truck driver does. Jake’s interest in the technology becomes the focus of the story, with a detailed description of the process of winching the car onto the tow truck woven into the narrative. The story concludes with a diagram that Jake has drawn.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: breakdown, tow truck, car, mechanic, fix

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Helpful trees.

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: rongoā Māori, sick, medicine, traditional, kawakawa, koromiko, harakeke, pūriri

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Rongoa maori.

    Rongoā Māori

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrations by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Book cover of JJ 48.

    This story has a strong theme of the value of rongoā Māori, traditional Māori medicine. It provides opportunities for students who are familiar with te reo and rongoā Māori to share their knowledge. Ana’s mum is ill, and when Nan comes to visit, she decides that rongoā Māori is what Mum needs. Nan takes Ana into the bush with her to collect the plants she wants to use. Ana is fascinated by what Nan shows her, and Nan agrees to teach Ana more about traditional Māori medicine. After using rongoā Māori to treat an unexpected emergency, they return home to prepare the leaves of koromiko they have collected to treat Mum’s illness.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: rongoā Māori, sick, medicine, traditional, kawakawa, koromiko

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Tortoise.

    Tortoise

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    Book cover of JJ 48.

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: tortoise, turtle, poetry, poem

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Torty the tortoise.

    Torty, the Lucky Tortoise

    by David Chadwick

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    Book cover of JJ 48.

    The adventures of Torty, the tortoise started in Greece during the First World War when she was rescued by Stewart, a New Zealand stretcher-bearer. Stewart took Torty back home to New Zealand at the end of the war and looked after her until he died. Torty is still alive and is cared for by Stewart’s family. This true story is told through a variety of text forms including two pages of graphic layout.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tortoise, First World War, soldier, hibernation, torty, reptile, stretcher-bearer

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following resources:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Marcus and the Wind
    Lost Again!  
    Articles Kahu Ora
    The Port

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2013

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    Look inside this issue

    Marcus and the wind.

    Marcus and the Wind

    by Kylie Parry

    Junior Journal 47 cover.

    Marcus is a “middle boy”. He doesn’t stand out in any way and tends to be overlooked. Then, one Wednesday, everything changes. A strange wind springs up, and Marcus suddenly finds himself doing extraordinary things. The story is open-ended but with an implication that Marcus’s days of being a “middle boy” are over.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: wind, humour, story, behaviour, self-belief

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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    Kahu ora.

    Kahu Ora

    by Marama Rangiaho-Katipa 

    JJ-47_medium

    This is a recount of a visit to the exhibition of Kahu Ora (living cloaks) at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand. In the exhibition, there is one korowai that has a special significance to Marama, the author. She learns about how korowai are made and how a special korowai reveals a story from her iwi.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: recount, exhibition, Kahu Ora, living cloaks, Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum, New Zealand, korowai, Marama, iwi

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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    The port.

    The Port

    by Sharyn Jones 

    JJ-47_medium

    This article is about the Port of Tauranga and is told by a boy whose father works there. It contains a general description of what a port is and has specific information about the kinds of ships, and their cargo, that visit Tauranga. There is also a brief overview of the grounding of the Rena.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Port of Tauranga, port, ships, cargo, Tauranga, grounding of the Rena

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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    Lost again.

    Lost Again!

    by Kylee Goodwin

    Junior Journal 47 cover.

    In this humorous poem, Mum has lost her keys again, and she and the children are searching for them in increasingly unlikely places. Eventually, Dad joins the search and finds the keys hanging on the hook, just where they should be!

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humorous, poem, lost, keys

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Marcus and the wind.

    Marcus and the Wind

    by Kylie Parry

    Junior Journal 47 cover.

    Marcus is a “middle boy”. He doesn’t stand out in any way and tends to be overlooked. Then, one Wednesday, everything changes. A strange wind springs up, and Marcus suddenly finds himself doing extraordinary things. The story is open-ended but with an implication that Marcus’s days of being a “middle boy” are over.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: wind, humour, story, behaviour, self-belief

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Kahu ora.

    Kahu Ora

    by Marama Rangiaho-Katipa 

    JJ-47_medium

    This is a recount of a visit to the exhibition of Kahu Ora (living cloaks) at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand. In the exhibition, there is one korowai that has a special significance to Marama, the author. She learns about how korowai are made and how a special korowai reveals a story from her iwi.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: recount, exhibition, Kahu Ora, living cloaks, Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum, New Zealand, korowai, Marama, iwi

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • The port.

    The Port

    by Sharyn Jones 

    JJ-47_medium

    This article is about the Port of Tauranga and is told by a boy whose father works there. It contains a general description of what a port is and has specific information about the kinds of ships, and their cargo, that visit Tauranga. There is also a brief overview of the grounding of the Rena.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Port of Tauranga, port, ships, cargo, Tauranga, grounding of the Rena

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Lost again.

    Lost Again!

    by Kylee Goodwin

    Junior Journal 47 cover.

    In this humorous poem, Mum has lost her keys again, and she and the children are searching for them in increasingly unlikely places. Eventually, Dad joins the search and finds the keys hanging on the hook, just where they should be!

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humorous, poem, lost, keys

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

    Order this text