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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Something strange.

    Something Strange Going On

    by Julia Wall 

    JJ-46_medium

    Something odd has been happening and the family decides something needs to be done. Numerous clues are presented in the text and illustrations to stimulate readers to play detective and work out what the family’s problem is and how it might be solved.

    Purple 1

    Series: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: detective, problem, clues, mystery story

    In: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Missing

    Missing

    by Kylie Parry

    Junior Journal 42

    In this narrative, Liam’s pets have mysteriously disappeared. When Liam goes to play in his room, he discovers where they’ve gone and, in the process, learns an important lesson. This text requires students to make inferences on a number of levels – about what is happening in the text, the shift to an imaginary world, and the author’s purpose.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 42, 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: pets, disappeared, lesson, fantasy

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Shetland ponies.

    Shetland Ponies

    Junior Journal 42

    This brief descriptive report provides information about Shetland ponies, where they come from, what they look like, how long they live, and what they were used for in the past and now. The clear structure supports students to find and summarise information and can be used as a model for students’ own report writing.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: steeplechase, race, recount, horse,

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Frog school.

    Frog School

    by Philippa Werry

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    Journal41

    At Frog School, Freddie Frog is feeling hopeless compared to his classmates, who freely boast about their abilities. But when Snake comes along, Freddie has a chance to show his special talent. This humorous play explores bullying in a subtle and non-threatening way. 

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 41, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: frog, talent, humour, play, bullying

    In: Junior Journal 41, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Buried treasure cover image.

    Buried Treasure

    by Kylie Parry

    illustrations by Antony Elworthy

    Junior journal 53 cover image.

    This humorous play follows a group of pirates as they use clues on a map to search for treasure. Students will delight in the pirates’ misinterpretation of the clues and the problems caused as they follow their misdirected ideas.

    Series: Junior Journal 53, Level 2, 2016

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: buried treasure, clues, compass points, directions, humour, maps, misunderstanding, pirates, plays, treasure

    In: Junior Journal 53, Level 2, 2016

    Publication date: September 2016

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