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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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  • Pohutukawa

    Pōhutukawa

    by Kate Boyle 

    JJ 45 cover

    This article explores different aspects of this New Zealand tree, including a description of its preferred habitat, the special features that help it survive, the creatures that live in or on it, and the significance it has for Māori. Students also learn that pōhutukawa are in danger from people and from possums – these trees need help to survive.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: article, New Zealand, tree, habitat, survive, creatures, Māori, pōhutukawa, endangered

    In: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

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

        TSM Audio
    Stories Where's My Gumboot?
    That's the Idea
    Poems Thunder
    Midnight Snack  

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2012

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    Wheres my gumboot?

    Where's My Gumboot?

    by Kylie Parry

    JJ44

    In this humorous narrative, Dad has lost one of his gumboots and has to wear one of Mum’s boots to work. When he eventually finds the missing gumboot, Dad discovers a new owner – a mother hedgehog with her babies. The story uses rich descriptive language and dialogue to convey the frustration felt by Dad and the humour others find in the situation.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humorous, narrative, gumboots, hedgehog, babies, frustration, humour

    In: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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    Thats the idea.

    That's the Idea

    by Alan Bagnall

    JJ44

    Shannon’s dad is very shy. When the family moves, he is happy to work around the house. Inspired by the garden project at Shannon’s school and a section that needs clearing, Dad finds friends and a way to belong in his community. He even finds a new job. This story has themes of sharing and belonging.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dad, shy, family, moves, garden, project, friends, belonging, community, new job, sharing

    In: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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    Making paper.

    Making Paper

    by Trish Puharich 

    JJ44

    “Making Paper” describes how a class turned waste paper into an interesting, new kind of paper. This example of a procedural text includes explanations and is well supported with photos. It requires students to “confidently use a range of processing and comprehension strategies to make meaning from and think critically about” text (from The Literacy Learning Progressions, page 14).

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: making paper, waste paper, procedural text, explanations, recycling, environment, technology

    In: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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    Thunder.

    Thunder

    by Judy Raymond

    JJ44

    This dramatic poem uses personification to vividly convey sights and sounds of a thunderstorm. It shows the narrator, in a house, taking part in a two-way communication with the thunder, which is overhead. 

    Series: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dramatic, poem, sights, sounds, thunderstorm, thunder,

    In: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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    Midnight snack.

    Series: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    In: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Wheres my gumboot?

    Where's My Gumboot?

    by Kylie Parry

    JJ44

    In this humorous narrative, Dad has lost one of his gumboots and has to wear one of Mum’s boots to work. When he eventually finds the missing gumboot, Dad discovers a new owner – a mother hedgehog with her babies. The story uses rich descriptive language and dialogue to convey the frustration felt by Dad and the humour others find in the situation.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humorous, narrative, gumboots, hedgehog, babies, frustration, humour

    In: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • The Sons of Ma'afu book cover.

    The Sons of Ma'afu

    a traditional story from Tonga, retold by Feana Tu‘akoi

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    Two brothers with a reputation for trouble try to redeem themselves by carrying out some perilous tasks. Despite their best efforts, the brothers fail to impress the other villagers. Instead, they are banished to live in the heavens, where they can still be seen. Tongan students will relate to a traditional story from their culture. Some students may also be able to make connections to the importance of stars for navigation. A final section provides factual information about the constellations mentioned in the story.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Humu, legends, Ma‘afu, Ma‘afulele, Ma‘afutoka, Magellanic Clouds, myths, Southern Cross, Toloa, Tonga, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Thats the idea.

    That's the Idea

    by Alan Bagnall

    JJ44

    Shannon’s dad is very shy. When the family moves, he is happy to work around the house. Inspired by the garden project at Shannon’s school and a section that needs clearing, Dad finds friends and a way to belong in his community. He even finds a new job. This story has themes of sharing and belonging.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dad, shy, family, moves, garden, project, friends, belonging, community, new job, sharing

    In: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

  • Making paper.

    Making Paper

    by Trish Puharich 

    JJ44

    “Making Paper” describes how a class turned waste paper into an interesting, new kind of paper. This example of a procedural text includes explanations and is well supported with photos. It requires students to “confidently use a range of processing and comprehension strategies to make meaning from and think critically about” text (from The Literacy Learning Progressions, page 14).

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: making paper, waste paper, procedural text, explanations, recycling, environment, technology

    In: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

    Order this text

  • Thunder.

    Thunder

    by Judy Raymond

    JJ44

    This dramatic poem uses personification to vividly convey sights and sounds of a thunderstorm. It shows the narrator, in a house, taking part in a two-way communication with the thunder, which is overhead. 

    Series: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dramatic, poem, sights, sounds, thunderstorm, thunder,

    In: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Midnight snack.

    Series: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    In: Junior Journal 44, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

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

        TSM Audio
    Stories Shark Attack  
    At the Game  
    Articles Catching Mustelids  
      Hoiho  
      A New Home for Mokomoko  

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Look inside this issue

    Shark attack.

    Shark Attack

    by Ruth Hamilton

    Junior Journal 43

    Harry finds it hard to sit still in class. In this humorous narrative, he brings an exciting item to share for news. Unfortunately, it ends up causing an unfortunate accident that prevents Harry from sitting down at all!

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humorous, narrative, accident

    In: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Catching mustelids.

    Catching Mustelids

    by Bronwen Wall

    Junior Journal 43

    This report, told from the perspective of a young girl, describes how and why her grandad catches mustelids (ferrets, stoats, and weasels). The theme of predators continues in the poem “ Hoiho” in the same Journal, providing an opportunity for students to integrate ideas from both texts. A third text in this Journal, “A New Home for Mokomoko”, continues the theme of protection of native wildlife.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: report, mustelids, ferrets, stoats, and weasels, predators, protection, native, wildlife

    In: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Hoiho.

    Hoiho

    Junior Journal 43

    Hoiho (a yellow-eyed penguin) is being pursued by a seal, and in this dramatic poem, the writer urges Hoiho to move fast and escape. Neither creature can move as well on land as they can in the water, and the descriptive, dramatic language, with frequent repetition of similar sounds, conveys a vivid image of the desperate “Wibble wobble, flip flop” pursuit. This example of a native bird in danger provides a thematic link to “Catching Mustelids” in the same Journal. 

    Series: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Hoiho, yellow-eyed penguin, seal, poem, water, native bird, danger

    In: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Home for mokomoko.

    A New Home for Mokomoko

    by Vanessa Hatley-Owen

    Junior Journal 43

    When a class from Westmere School find out that mokomoko (skinks) are a protected species, they decide to build a mokomoko refuge. This recount describes the process and provides information about mokomoko and their survival needs. It provides opportunities for students to practise identifying and summarising main points, about both the process and mokomoko.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Westmere School, mokomoko, skinks, protected species, refuge, survival, protection, native wild life

    In: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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    At the game.

    At the Game

    by Sharyn Jones

    Junior Journal 43

    Brady finds a wallet on his arrival at the stadium for a rugby game and is upset at the prospect of missing kick off when Dad insists on handing in the wallet right away. Luckily, their good deed is rewarded. The moral dilemma and author’s message in this text will promote rich discussion, and you may wish to read and discuss it over more than one session.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: stadium, rugby game, good deed, rewarded, moral dilemma

    In: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Shark attack.

    Shark Attack

    by Ruth Hamilton

    Junior Journal 43

    Harry finds it hard to sit still in class. In this humorous narrative, he brings an exciting item to share for news. Unfortunately, it ends up causing an unfortunate accident that prevents Harry from sitting down at all!

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humorous, narrative, accident

    In: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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