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  • Something Alive cover page

    Something Alive

    written and illustrated by Jem Yoshioka

    Jem Yoshioka was born and bred in New Zealand to New Zealand-born parents, so technically she only belongs to one place. But her Japanese ancestry is a living part of her. This graphic novel, written and drawn by Jem, explores a struggle we are all familiar with: that of seeking to understand who we are and where we belong. Rich in both written and visual imagery, this text invites multiple readings. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, Basho, belonging, comic, culture, family, fitting in, genes, grandparents, graphic novel, haiku, heritage, identity, Japan, Japanese, managing self, mixed-race, parents, racism, symbolism

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • The village cover page

    The Village

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

    Looking for adventure on a family holiday with her parents, Ava wonders off to explore some nearby ruins.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: culture clash, famine, fantasy, ghost stories, holidays, inequality, mystery, spirits, traditional societies

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Māori and pakeha cartoons.

    Te Tiriti o Waitangi

    by Ross Calman and Mark Derby

    illustrated by Toby Morris

    This comic provides a fresh approach to the story of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. It covers a wide time span, from the arrival of Polynesian explorers to the signing of Te Tiriti, to the New Zealand Wars, and through to the modern-day Treaty settlement process. A special emphasis is put on unpacking the two versions of Te Tiriti and exploring their ongoing significance.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Four students jumping.

    Home: Stories from New New Zealanders

    by Kate Paris

    photographs by Stacey Simpkin

    Home: Stories from New New Zealanders tells the stories of four Avondale Intermediate students who moved to New Zealand from overseas. Interviewed by their teacher, Kate Paris, the students share memories of what life was like in the countries where they were born (South Africa, Sāmoa, Pakistan, and Kenya), and they discuss what it’s been like adjusting to life in New Zealand. The article explores the issues in a simple and accessible way, incorporating clear narration with students’ quotes and striking photography.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • War memorial at night.

    School Journal Level 2 August 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 Audio
    Stories Just in Case    
    Poems Sixth Sense  
    Plays The Perfect Presentation    
    Articles Football: The Beautiful Game
    In Memory: First World War Memorials

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Child playing football.

    Football: The Beautiful Game

    War memorial at night.

    by Steve Watters

    This article explores why football is so popular and gives a brief outline of its history, including how and when it was introduced to Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: All Whites, association football, Football Ferns, Chatham Cup, football, soccer, sport

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    War memorial at night.

    In Memory: First World War Memorials

    War memorial at night.

    by Jock Phillips

    This article explains the purpose of war memorials and, in particular, memorials created at the end of the First World War. It provides examples of different types of memorials, from obelisks, statues, arches, and gates to monuments that use features in the natural environment.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Anzac Day, carillon, civic pride, citizenship, community, First World War, honour, inscriptions, memorials, monuments, national memorial, nurses, obelisks, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, remembering, respect, soldiers, World War 1

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Two children with a struggling cat.

    Just in Case

    War memorial at night.

    by Sarah Johnson

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    "Joe and Leigh were preparing Molly for the school’s annual pet show. Molly wasn’t the ideal pet to enter. She was scruffy, hairy, and at that moment, rather grumpy. But she was the only pet they had."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: dinosaurs, fantasy, humour, science fiction, siblings, time travel

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Artwork with an upside down ship and a dog.

    Sixth Sense

    War memorial at night.

    by Apirana Taylor

    artwork by Steve Gibbs

    This thought-provoking poem by Apirana Taylor is a response to an artwork of the same name by Steve Gibbs. The poem and artwork are about the arrival of the Endeavour in 1769 and the enormous change that was about to take place for Māori communities. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, art appreciation, colonialism, colonisation, dog, Endeavour, first encounters, Gisborne, James Cook, kurī, Māori, MASAM, meetings, New Zealand history, Ngāti Porou, Paoa, Pawa, poetry, Te Hā, Turanganui-a-Kiwa, symbolism, symbols

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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    Children with a tablet.

    The Perfect Presentation

    War memorial at night.

    by Leonie Agnew

    illustrated by Finn Allison

    "Hi, guys. Thanks for coming to watch us practise our presentation. It’s good to get some advice from you guys. You’re the school’s best team."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: communication, drama, giving advice, helping, humour, literal, misunderstanding, play, presentation, public speaking, school, speeches, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Child playing football.

    Football: The Beautiful Game

    War memorial at night.

    by Steve Watters

    This article explores why football is so popular and gives a brief outline of its history, including how and when it was introduced to Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: All Whites, association football, Football Ferns, Chatham Cup, football, soccer, sport

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • War memorial at night.

    In Memory: First World War Memorials

    War memorial at night.

    by Jock Phillips

    This article explains the purpose of war memorials and, in particular, memorials created at the end of the First World War. It provides examples of different types of memorials, from obelisks, statues, arches, and gates to monuments that use features in the natural environment.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Anzac Day, carillon, civic pride, citizenship, community, First World War, honour, inscriptions, memorials, monuments, national memorial, nurses, obelisks, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, remembering, respect, soldiers, World War 1

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • Two children with a struggling cat.

    Just in Case

    War memorial at night.

    by Sarah Johnson

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    "Joe and Leigh were preparing Molly for the school’s annual pet show. Molly wasn’t the ideal pet to enter. She was scruffy, hairy, and at that moment, rather grumpy. But she was the only pet they had."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: dinosaurs, fantasy, humour, science fiction, siblings, time travel

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • Artwork with an upside down ship and a dog.

    Sixth Sense

    War memorial at night.

    by Apirana Taylor

    artwork by Steve Gibbs

    This thought-provoking poem by Apirana Taylor is a response to an artwork of the same name by Steve Gibbs. The poem and artwork are about the arrival of the Endeavour in 1769 and the enormous change that was about to take place for Māori communities. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, art appreciation, colonialism, colonisation, dog, Endeavour, first encounters, Gisborne, James Cook, kurī, Māori, MASAM, meetings, New Zealand history, Ngāti Porou, Paoa, Pawa, poetry, Te Hā, Turanganui-a-Kiwa, symbolism, symbols

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text

  • Children with a tablet.

    The Perfect Presentation

    War memorial at night.

    by Leonie Agnew

    illustrated by Finn Allison

    "Hi, guys. Thanks for coming to watch us practise our presentation. It’s good to get some advice from you guys. You’re the school’s best team."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: communication, drama, giving advice, helping, humour, literal, misunderstanding, play, presentation, public speaking, school, speeches, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

    Order this text