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  • Kahawai cover.

    Kahawai

    L3 cover image oct2013.

    by Paul Mason

    “Kahawai” is set in an unfamiliar time and place (a much-changed Auckland in a not-so-distant future), but it conveys familiar ideas about sustainability, selflessness for the greater good, and cooperation in times of hardship. Āreta, and her grandmother, Trish, go fishing on a filthy sea and make a surprising catch. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, October 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fishing, expedition, hardships, sacrifice, community good

    In: School Journal Level 3, October 2013

    Publication date: October 2013

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  • Two children with their father by a campfire.

    Ancestors

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Simone Kaho

    illustrated by Leilani Isara

    "It was our first night camping with Dad, and we’d just finished eating a big pile of pipi. Dad sat back, happy. He likes it when we eat things from the sea."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: camping, family, funerals, Pacific peoples, relationships, sibling rivalry, siblings, Tongan culture, tradition

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    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 Ancestors  
    Fangs: The Sequel  
    Koro's Song  
    Poems Acrostic Poem
    Plays The Young Ecoleaders Award
    Articles Finding George
    Journey on the Sea  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Black and white illustrated lion.

    Acrostic Poem

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Tim Upperton

    illustrated by Simon Waterfield

    In this poem about writing poetry, Tim Upperton subverts the form of the acrostic to show what can happen when the words and ideas are let free. This is a poem that speaks to students’ experiences as readers and writers of poetry and makes it fun.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: acrostic poems, animals, extended metaphor, figurative language, poetry, wildlife parks

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Two children with their father by a campfire.

    Ancestors

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Simone Kaho

    illustrated by Leilani Isara

    "It was our first night camping with Dad, and we’d just finished eating a big pile of pipi. Dad sat back, happy. He likes it when we eat things from the sea."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: camping, family, funerals, Pacific peoples, relationships, sibling rivalry, siblings, Tongan culture, tradition

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Two children with a box of ornaments.

    Fangs: The Sequel

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Hera Lindsay Bird

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "Madeline was a vampire. Not the bloodsucking type – she was vegetarian – but the locals were still afraid of her. She tried taking this in her stride."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: fairs, friendship, humour, loyalty, No Fangs, parody, sequel, stereotypes, siblings, vampires

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Student reading a book.

    Finding George

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Henrietta Bollinger

    In this powerful and moving article, Henrietta Bollinger tells the story of her great-great-uncle George, a soldier in the First World War. Most students will have learnt something about the First World War, and many will know something of their own family stories.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bravery, courage, family history, family stories, fear, Gallipoli, George Bollinger, German ancestry, New Zealand history, Ōmatā, prejudice, private detectives, racism, soldiers, Taranaki, the Western Front, war, World War One

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Three children on a wharf.

    Journey on the Sea

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Clare Knighton

    "Aotearoa is an island nation with more than 15,000 kilometres of coastline (only nine other countries have more). It’s no wonder so many of us love the water. But activities like swimming, surfing, fishing, and sailing all involve risk. On average, more than a hundred New Zealanders drown each year."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adventure, confidence, drowning, new skills, Optimists, Porirua Harbour, sailing, sailing boats, Te Ara Moana, Te Awarua-o-Porirua, Titahi Bay, water, water safety

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Family around a dinner table.

    Koro's Song

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by André Ngāpō 

    illustrated by Keiran Ryanhart

    "Look. We’re here!" says Mana, pointing to a sign: Uenuku Ecovillage. He’s so excited. We’ve been travelling all day, and he hasn’t stopped talking.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, community, eco-village, family, grandparents, grief, loss, music, new partners, performance, relationships, school holidays, ukuleles, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    People on stage at an awards ceremony.

    The Young Ecoleaders Award

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

    The topic of environmentalism is a familiar one to most students and one of genuine concern. This play connects with that concern and the ways ordinary citizens can help address environmental issues, but it's primarily a spoof on awards ceremonies. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: awards, change, climate change, community competition, enviro-schools, environmentalism, humour, plays, recycling, satire, student leaders, working together

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • School Journal Level 4 November 2019.

    School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    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 Boot Camp  
    Hurly Burly
    Across the Sea  
    Screenplay The Game  
    Memoir An East German Childhood  
    Articles Puaki
    Chinese New Zealanders

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Across the Sea.

    Across the Sea

    by Hone Rata

    Ihaka’s first journey across the sea. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, climate change, environment, fantasy, future, generations, journey, kaiwhakatere, navigation, post-apocalyptic, resources, responsibility, sailing, science fiction, tangata whenua, tīpuna, trade, tūrangawaewae, waka, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    An East German Childhood.

    An East German Childhood

    by Uli Hartung as told to Lucy Corry

    Uli Hartung was seventeen years old and living in East Germany when the Berlin Wall came down.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Berlin, Berlin Wall, change, childhood, citizenship, civil rights, Cold War, defectors, East Germany, freedom, Germany, identity, Lenin, Marx, Nazis, propaganda, protesters, refugees, Second World War, secret police, social action, socialism, Socialist Unity Party, Soviet Union, Stasi, West Berlin, West Germany, Young Pioneers

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Boot Camp.

    Boot Camp

    by Shanna Fa‘aita, illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    Liyah has never seen Uncle Joey this happy.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, argument, attitude, boot camp, challenge, change, choice, community, decision, emotions, family, feelings, gangs, gym, identity, relationships, responsibility, self-worth, values, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Chinese New Zealanders.

    Chinese New Zealanders

    by Helene Wong

    "Chinese New Zealanders" provides an overview of migration to Aotearoa New Zealand from the 1860s until the present day. The article outlines push-and-pull factors that contributed to various waves of migration, how Pākehā New Zealanders responded to these waves, and adaptations made by Chinese migrants as they adjusted to their new home.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: aliens, ancestry, attitudes, change, China, Chinatown, Chinese, citizens, citizenship, community, cultural identity, cultural interaction, discrimination, diversity, ethnic groups, family, gold rush, immigration, integration, migrants, New Zealanders, Otago, poll tax, poverty, racism, Richard Seddon, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Hurly Burly.

    Hurly Burly

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Rosie Colligan

    “Hurly Burly” is a spooky morality tale set in the New Zealand gold rush and based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. John Macbeth is returning to camp when he sees three wild and withered creatures stirring a foul stew and incanting “double, double, toil, and trouble”. The unearthly creatures prophesise his future riches. When John returns to the camp, his brother Duncan announces that he has struck gold and asks John to head into town to register his claim. The story takes a dark turn when John’s wife Sarah encourages him to murder his brother and take the claim as his own.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: adaptation, ambition, claim, courage, downfall, drama, family, gold, greatness, greed, history, jealousy, Macbeth, power, prophecy, reason, riches, Shakespeare, tragedy, trust, truth, witches

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    Puaki.

    Puaki

    based on work by Michael Bradley

    Tā moko is the art and practice of traditional Māori tattoo, a taonga that almost disappeared as a result of colonisation. Puaki means “to come forth, to reveal, to give testimony”. Photographer Michael Bradley used this concept as the basis of a project exploring ways that tā moko has been both visible and invisible across the generations. In this article based on his project, four people explain why they proudly wear tā moko and how their facial moko connect the past with the present. The story is complemented by stunning portraits of each storyteller.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ancestors, artists, artwork, blessing, change, colonisation, culture, decision-making, designs, full-facial moko, haehae, heritage, identity, interview, Māori, mana, moko kauae, photography, puaki, puhoro, ritual, tangata whenua, tā moko, taonga, tattoo, tikanga Māori, tradition, wairua, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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    The Game.

    The Game

    Screenplay by Cassandra Tse, illustrations by Toby Morris

    An argument about which TV show to watch quickly turns into something else.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: 1981 tour, activist, All Black, apartheid, attitudes, boycott, challenges, change, choice, conflict, diversity, HART, history, law and order, laws, Nelson Mandela, opinion, police, politics, protest, racism, rugby, screenplay, South Africa, sport, Springboks, values

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Sunset in Antarctica over ice.

    School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) and audio for the following:

        TSM
    Stories S.O.S.  
    Welcome to Lullo Marnoo  
    How to be Normal
    The Sea Devil  
    Poems Brave Flower
    Plays Much Ado
    Articles Science on the Ice  
    Rise Up: The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Person on a boat.

    S.O.S.

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Gemma Lovewell

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    Winner of the 2018 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

    "Cursing the surround-vision, which made you feel like you were there, she shut the Holographison down. The incessant birdsong was more than she could tolerate. The disgruntled professor stared across at her sheep. They’d eaten through the day’s plastic and were now pushing hard against the electric fence, not feeling the zaps any more."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Elsie Locke Writing Prize, environment, fantasy, futuristic, genetics, humour, plastic, student writing, writing

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Fence and flowers.

    Welcome to Lullo Marnoo

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Victor Rodger

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    "When I tell people, especially Pālagi people, that my father is from Sāmoa, they usually ask, “Do you go back?” Weird, right? It’s not like I was born in Sāmoa. I was born here, in Christchurch. Aranui, to be exact. One of those suburbs the quake messed up. If I went to Sāmoa, I wouldn’t be going back – I’d just be going. But I don’t try to explain any of this. It can get complicated."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, change, culture, family, grandparents, home, identity, Lalomanu, Pacific, responsibility, Sāmoa, separation, single-parent families

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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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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    Brave flower poem.

    Brave Flower

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Simone Kaho

    illustrated by Leilani Isara

    The poem “Brave Flower” vividly captures the experience of those who were subjected to the dawn raids that took place in Aotearoa in the 1970's.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, concrete poetry, dawn raids, deportation, exploitation, imagery, immigration, metaphor, New Zealand history, Pacific, poetry, racism, stanzas, verse

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Mountain in Antarctica.

    Science on the Ice

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Neil Silverwood

    "Two sets of merino underwear, two fleece jackets, a windbreaker, a puffer jacket, five pairs of gloves, a hat, a balaclava, fleece pants, fleece-lined boots, and lastly – a set of extreme-cold weather gear (called ECWs by those in the know). My kit is issued at Antarctica New Zealand’s Christchurch headquarters, and I’m told to return the following morning at six. I’m to wear my ECWs for the flight south."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Antarctica, biodiversity, climate, core samples, crevasses, data collection, deep-field traverse, global warming, ocean currents, photography, planning, Ross Ice Shelf, scientists, Scott Base

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Boy fishing on a wharf with a soldier.

    The Sea Devil

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

    "Just beyond the long arm of the wharf, the camp’s launch, Pearl, tugged at its mooring. The thought of a big fish jagging on his line quickened James’s pace, and it wasn’t until he was on the wharf that he saw he was not alone. A dark figure leant against one of the piles – it was one of the Germans, staring at the boat."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: adventure story, escape, Felix von Luckner, First World War, history, internment, Motuihe Island, prisoners of war, Sea Devil, World War 1

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Director with a megaphone.

    Much Ado

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Susan Paris

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    This play introduces students to the fun of Shakespeare, as well as to his conventions and characters. It features a pompous director whose belittling comments are more than matched by the quick-witted responses of his student actors.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: acting, actors, directors, drama, humour, insults, language, performance, play, quotations, relating to others, Shakespeare, soliloquies, speech

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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    Photograph of people in the polynesian panthers.

    Rise Up: The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Pauline Vaeluaga Smith

    The article “Rise Up: The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers” recounts the story of the dawn raids that took place in Aotearoa in the 1970s. Under instruction from the government of the day, police and immigration officials invaded the homes of Polynesian people in the early hours of the morning, demanding evidence that they were lawfully living in Aotearoa.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: 1970s, activists, change, citizenship, civil rights, dawn raids, deportation, education, immigration, New Zealand history, Operation Pot Black, overstayers, Pacific, police, Polynesian Panthers, politics, power, protest, racism, social action

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Sj l4 may 2016 cover.

    School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    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 Ngā Tātarakihi o Parihaka
    MeMe and Me  
    Man and Sea  
    Poems Surge  
    Plays Waiting for Toni
    Articles Captain Cook Charting Our Islands
    Wildboy: The Journey of Brando Yelavich  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Captain cook cover.

    Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    Sj l4 may 2016 cover.

    This article describes Captain Cook’s first visit to New Zealand where he charted the coastline. It focuses on Cook’s abilities as a skilled maker of charts and maps rather than as a great explorer. It also examines the maths involved in Cook’s chart making (a perfect, real-life example of maths in everyday life).

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: British Empire, charts, colonisation, exploration, James Cook, latitude, longitude, Māori, mapping, navigation, New Zealand history, soundings, surveying, transit of Venus

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Ngā tātarakihi o parihaka cover.

    Ngā Tātarakihi o Parihaka

    Sj l4 may 2016 cover.

    This story, set at Parihaka just prior to the government raid in 1881, is told from the perspective of a young girl who was living there. The author’s great-grandmother was living at Parihaka at that time, and the story is partially based on oral history.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cicadas, New Zealand history, New Zealand Wars, Ngā Tātarakihi, Parihaka, passive resistance, Taranaki, Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, Tohu Kākahi

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Waiting for toni cover.

    Waiting for Toni

    Sj l4 may 2016 cover.

    This play is a parody of Waiting for Godot, the classic play by Samuel Beckett in which, famously, nothing happens. In addition to being performed by a group of students, all plays are literacy texts and can be used to explore ideas, language, and dialogue.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: acting, drama, humour, language, oral language, performance, play, theatre of the absurd

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Meme and me cover.

    MeMe and Me

    Sj l4 may 2016 cover.

    Life with a new phone spins out of control.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, fantasy, friendship, horror, smartphones, technology, texting

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Man and sea cover.

    Man and Sea

    Sj l4 may 2016 cover.

    What are the marks of Tataua – and what does it mean to receive them?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: courage, family, leadership, Pasifika, responsibility, rites of passage, Sāmoa, Tataua, tattooing, traditional stories, Uliuli

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Wildboy cover.

    Wildboy: The Journey of Brando Yelavich

    Sj l4 may 2016 cover.

    by Stephanie Chamberlin

    One boy's journey and what he learnt along the way.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: ADHD, adventure, Brando Yelavich, change, communication, courage, foraging, isolation, journeys, New Zealand, outdoors, personal identity, rites of passage, self-discovery, survival, tramping

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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    Surge cover.

    Surge

    Sj l4 may 2016 cover.

    by Jenny Bornholdt

    A poem

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: coastline, exploration, Jenny Bornholdt, nature, ocean, outdoors, poetry, sea, shore

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • Leap

    Leap

    by Selina Powell

    SJ L2 cover image May 2015

    In this dreamy poem, a girl reflects on a summer in which she “took the chance” to leap into the sea. The poem uses an extended image of the passing of time to emphasise how important the leap was: she will remember what being in mid-air felt like long after other reminders of the day have gone.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: courage, feelings, memories, poetry, summer holidays

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Ship's captain cover

    Ship's Captain

    by Fraser Smith

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "Ship's Captain" is the story of two boys learning how to live off the land and sea. Nan is a larger-than-life character, steeped in knowledge of bush lore and rongoā (Māori medicine). Pop is a gentle background force, who teaches the boys how to build a whare raupō. The lessons the writer learns go beyond bush lore; the story explores the value of knowledge that is passed down through generations, the pleasures of living simply, and the importance of being "the captain of your own ship".

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bushcra, camping, childhood, culture, family, grandparents, holidays, identity, kaimoana, knowledge, life skills, Māori, managing self, memoir, memories, rongoā, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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