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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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  • Space Rubbish.

    Space Rubbish

    by Kylie Parry, Illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This humorous science-fiction play is set on a spaceship in the future. When the crew’s rubbish-blasting machine stops working, they are intrigued to find out how people used to deal with their rubbish in the “old days”.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, drama, environment, future, garbage, humour, play, pollution, recycling, rubbish, science-fiction, space, spaceship, technology

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • Tricky Rat.

    Tricky Rat

    by Feana Tu‘akoi 

    illustrated by Richard Hoit

    When Rat sees two seagulls fighting over some bread, he uses a clever trick to get himself some lunch. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Monkey and Crocodile.

    Monkey and Crocodile

    A tale from India

    retold and illustrated by Vasanti Unka

    Monkey lives a happy life in a tree high above a river. Crocodile swims in the river and eats fish all day, but what he really wants to do is eat Monkey. When Monkey needs help to cross the river, Crocodile thinks his chance has come… 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Kara's Music.

    Kara's Music

    by Renata Hopkins 

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    Kara and her family have come from Earth to live on the planet Poktron. This humorous science fiction story explores Kara’s experiences on her first day at her new school.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Scarlett's Scarf.

    Scarlett's Scarf

    by Maria Hansen

    illustrated by Kat Chadwick 

    While she is at the market with her mother, Scarlett notices a colourful scarf waving and twirling on one of the stalls. The scarf seems to be waving at her … This is the beginning of a series of unusual events for Scarlett and her friends.

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 1, 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Big Machine Boogie.

    Big Machine Boogie

    by Sally Sutton

    illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This lively poem captures the excitement and enthusiasm of a class of students who have created their own “big machine boogie”, inspired by the movements of machines at work nearby.

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: See TSM

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • School Journal Level 2 August 2019.

    School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    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
    Articles Wētā  
    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse
    Poem Ika a Whiro     
    Stories Stealing Maru  
    Max and Alice  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Wētā.

    Wētā

    by Philippa Werry

    Many people are scared of wētā. They are big and covered in spikes, they hide in dark places, and they can sometimes jump. You might find one in the garden or in a piece of old wood. There could be one hiding in your letterbox – or even in your shoe!

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adaptation, cave life, cave wētā, endangered, environment, giant wētā, ground wētā, habitat, insects, moulting, nocturnal, predator, tree wētā, tusked wētā, wētā

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Ika a Whiro.

    Ika a Whiro

    by Kelly Joseph

    Under a moonless sky, two armoured warriors creep from tree burrows, long antennae sensing a challenger nearby.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: adaptation, battle, combat, environment, habitat, insects, language, nocturnal, poem, poetry, Tāne, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, traditional stories, verse, wētā, Whiro

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Stealing Maru.

    Stealing Maru

    by Maria Samuela; illustrations by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Long ago, when the world still believed in magic, there was a majestic maunga, or mountain, on the island of Rarotonga. The maunga was called Maru, which means shade. The maunga stood over the village of Puaikura like a giant guardian.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: Aitutaki, Arorangi, bravery, cleverness, Cook Islands, jealousy, legend, Maru, maunga, Maunga Pu, mountains, myth, Pacific, Pasifika, Puaikura, Raemaru, Rarotonga, traditional stories, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse.

    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse

    by Tricia Glensor

    New Zealand’s coastline has always been a dangerous place for ships and boats. Early Māori knew that. Several traditional stories tell of waka being washed onto rocks in storms. Since the 1790s, when the first Pākehā reached New Zealand, more than 2,300 ships have been wrecked in New Zealand waters.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: benefit, change, coastlines, employment, Fresnel lens, history, jobs, lenses, lighthouse, lighthouse keeper, maritime safety, Mary Jane Bennett, New Zealand history, Pencarrow, shipwrecks, technology, Wellington Harbour, work

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Max and Alice.

    Max and Alice

    by Bernard Beckett; illustrations by Sarah Illingworth

    On the day of the swimming sports, Max took off his shoes and socks and put them on again three times. Only then was he happy that his socks were lined up exactly the way he liked them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Asperger’s, ASD, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, birthday, bullying, difference, diversity, friendship, identity, interpersonal skills, managing self, relating to others, relationships, respect, school, smiles, support

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • School Journal Level 3 August 2019.

    School Journal Level 3 August 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 Checkmate  
    In Colour  
    The Mohawk  
    Trespass
    Poem Instructions for Travelling without Touching the Ground
    Play Smash Hit  
    Article Tupaia: Master Navigator

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Checkmate.

    Checkmate

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Kieran Rynhart

    When do you make the most important move?

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: brothers, change, chess, difference, expectation, family, father, identity, individuality, relationships, rugby, strategy, team sports

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Instructions for Travelling without Touching the Ground.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ambition, convention, dreams, flying, humour, instructions, language, narrative poem, poem, poetry, structure, verse, whimsy, wings

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    In Colour.

    In Colour

    by Thomasin Sleigh; illustrations by Elspeth Alix Batt

    “Grace had a sudden, terrible thought. What if Grandma didn’t get better?”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: age, caring, change, family, grandparents, illness, imagination, loss, love, old age, photography, relationships

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Tupaia: Master Navigator.

    Tupaia: Master Navigator

    by Hanahiva Rose

    The story of Tupaia, a navigator and high priest from the island of Rā‘iātea. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: art, change, colonisation, communication, diplomacy, discovery, Endeavour, exploration, Gisborne, history, interpreting, James Cook, Joseph Banks, journeys, language, Māori, migration, misunderstanding, navigation, New Zealand history, Pacific, Polynesia, Rā‘iātea, science, Tahiti, Taiato, Taputapuātea, Te Hā, te reo Māori, Tolaga Bay, transit of Venus, translation, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Ūawa, unknown southern continent

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    The Mohawk.

    The Mohawk

    by Sarah Johnson; illustrations by Elliot Elam

    “Leo screwed his eyes tighter. He wasn’t ready to look.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: bullying, change, friendship, hair, hairstyle, identity, individuality, mohawk, pride, protest, rebellion, role model, school, siblings, social action

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Trespass.

    Trespass

    by Vince Ford; illustrations by Leilani Isara

    An afternoon bike ride has complications.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adventure, brothers, bush, change, courage, danger, dares, exploration, friendship, group dynamics, identity, loyalty, peer pressure, quick thinking, relationships, rules, siblings, trespassing, waterhole

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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    Smash Hit.

    Smash Hit

    by Jo Randerson; illustrations Scott Pearson

    Writing a skit in ten minutes.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: drama, humour, language, performance, play, Shakespeare, show, skit, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Wētā.

    Wētā

    by Philippa Werry

    Many people are scared of wētā. They are big and covered in spikes, they hide in dark places, and they can sometimes jump. You might find one in the garden or in a piece of old wood. There could be one hiding in your letterbox – or even in your shoe!

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adaptation, cave life, cave wētā, endangered, environment, giant wētā, ground wētā, habitat, insects, moulting, nocturnal, predator, tree wētā, tusked wētā, wētā

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse.

    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse

    by Tricia Glensor

    New Zealand’s coastline has always been a dangerous place for ships and boats. Early Māori knew that. Several traditional stories tell of waka being washed onto rocks in storms. Since the 1790s, when the first Pākehā reached New Zealand, more than 2,300 ships have been wrecked in New Zealand waters.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: benefit, change, coastlines, employment, Fresnel lens, history, jobs, lenses, lighthouse, lighthouse keeper, maritime safety, Mary Jane Bennett, New Zealand history, Pencarrow, shipwrecks, technology, Wellington Harbour, work

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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