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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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  • Shetland steeplechase.

    Shetland Pony Steeplechase

    by Jane Buxton

    Junior Journal 42

    This recount, focusing on Steffi’s participation in a steeplechase, captures the excitement and pleasure of riders and spectators. It describes what a steeplechase is and how the riders prepare for the race, and it then gives an exciting account of the race itself. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Ebony beanie.

    Ebony Beanie

    by Nikki Slade Robinson

    Junior Journal 42

    In this series of humorous emails to her grandparents, Maia describes the antics of a Captain Cooker piglet that her teacher has brought to school. As well as making connections to their own experiences of raising pets or to texts about pets, students can use this text as a model for writing about personal experiences.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humour, emails, grandparents, piglet, raising pets, school

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Scaredy crow.

    Scaredy Crow

    by Sheryl Gwyther

    Junior Journal 42

    In this narrative, told mainly through dialogue, Scaredy Crow is teased by the other crows because he is frightened of the scarecrow. Three mice come to his aid, and together, they devise a plan to trick the bully crows and teach them a lesson, but there is a surprising twist at the end of the tale.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Reader's theatre, crow, frightened, scarecrow, mice, bully

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Pirate crew.

    Pirate Crew

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrations by Philip Webb

    Journal41

    Pipiana and her brother pretend to be pirates when their uncle takes them out fishing. But when the boat breaks down, they have to quickly become mechanics. The theme of water safety underlies this otherwise light-hearted text. The humour at the end could elude some students if they can’t follow the shift from pirate story to mechanic story and back again. 

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 41, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: pirates, fishing, boat, mechanics, water safety, humour

    In: Junior Journal 41, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Fronting the show.

    Fronting the Show

    by Liz Oakes

    Journal41

    Daniel has a special job – fronting a programme about zebras. In this first-person recount, he explains what he has to do and how he feels as a result. The event takes place in a zoo, but the focus of the text is on the filming process. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 41, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: zebras, zoo, hard work

    In: Junior Journal 41, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Wild orphans.

    Wild Orphans

    by Fiona Cross

    Journal41

    The Tsavo National Park in Kenya is home to many wild animals. Its care of orphaned baby elephants is the focus of this fascinating report.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 41, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Tsavo National Park, Kenya, wild animal, orphaned, baby elephants

    In: Junior Journal 41, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Pet day problem.

    The Pet Day Problem

    by Kylie Parry

    illustrations by Sarah Anderson

    Journal40

    The school Pet Day is meant to be fun – but Josh doesn’t have a pet. In this story, he uses creative and critical thinking to solve his problem, constructing a worm farm as his contribution.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: pet day, school, worm farm, feelings, worm

    In: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Taniwha trouble.

    Taniwha Trouble

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    Journal40

    “Thump! Blop! Gurgle! Gulp!” There’s a taniwha in the classroom water heater – or so Noah thinks. This dramatic short story includes various clues that place his belief in doubt. Students will enjoy reading and rereading this text to look for clues to help them form their own opinion.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: taniwha, classroom, imaginary

    In: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Worm farm.

    Our Recycled Worm Farm

    article and photographs by Mike Tapp

    Journal40

    A group of schoolchildren need a bigger worm farm to house their growing worm population. They decide to make one from a discarded washing machine. One of the students recounts the procedure and resources they use to meet their goal.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: Science, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: worm farm, science, process

    In: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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  • Lucky dip.

    Lucky Dip

    by Philippa Werry

    illustrations by Scott Kennedy

    Journal40

    Tiana and Luka don’t know what to do for their birthdays. A party shop looks promising – but then some misbehaving dogs come and mess things up. The children have to come up with an innovative solution to save their (and the shopkeeper’s) day.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: birthday party, humour, play

    In: Junior Journal 40, Level 2, 2010

    Publication date: January 2010

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