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  • Donkey Sleepover.

    Donkey Sleepover

    by Sarah Johnson

    Illustrations by Minky Stapleton

    There's no getting over it. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: birthdays, bullying, change, cliques, family, fitting in, friendship, identity, outsiders, peer pressure, popularity, school, sleepover

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Iris and Dogstar.

    Iris and Dogstar

    by Iris Marshall

    This article is based on the diary of Iris Marshall, a ten-year-old girl who sailed on the yacht Dog Star with her parents and a family friend from New Zealand to Nouméa. The text details the highs and lows of the journey from Iris’s perspective and includes some excerpts from the on-board logbook. While few students will have had the experience of sailing, many will have experienced sea sickness, and most will relate to and be interested in the day-to-day details of life at sea. The text could be used as a starting point to explore the nature of adventure, its perils, and its rewards.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Texts related by theme “Boy on a Bike” SJ L3 May 2015 | “Journey on the Sea” SJ L3 August 2018 | “Border Control” “Captain Cook: Charting Our Islands” SJ L4 May 2016 | “What Is Biosecurity?” Border Security, Connected L3 2011

    Topics: adventure, co-ordinates, danger, diaries, family, GPS, journeys, logs, navigation, Pacific Ocean, recount, sailing, sea, travel, weather, yachts

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Unwanted Visitors.

    Unwanted Visitors

    by Allan Burne

    Fruit flies, kauri dieback, didymo, ragwort ...

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: biosecurity, borders, community surveillance, customs, disease, didymo, economy, environment, foot-and-mouth disease, fruit flies, kauri dieback, pests, predators, quarantine, security, stink bugs, weeds

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Speechless.

    Speechless

    by Austin Milne

    It’s speech day, but there are several problems.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anxiety, comics, confidence, dreams, graphic novels, humour, illustrations, imagination, nerves, public speaking, school, siblings, speeches, visual language, worry

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Words.

    Words

    by James Brown

    Poem

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: bullying, humour, language, narrative poems, poetry, power, relationships, resilience, school

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • School Journal Level 4 May 2019 cover image.

    School Journal Level 4 May 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 Audio
    Stories Four of a Kind    
    Springers  
    Play The Name Game     
    Poem Fly    
    Articles Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape  
    Resistance: When Antibiotics Don’t Work    

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape.

    Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape

    by Philip Cleaver

    Porokoru Patapu (Johnny) Pohe was a daring and gifted pilot who flew bomber aircraft in the Second World War. In 1943, after twenty-two successful missions, his aircraft was shot down and he was captured. Johnny was taken to Stalag Luft III, a prison camp deep in Nazi Germany. This article tells the story of an ambitious prison escape that ended tragically for Johnny and for many others. It includes information about Māori involvement in the Second World War and about the devastating impact of bombing civilians in Germany.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Fly” SJ L4 May 2019 | “Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Pioneer Māori Battalion” SJ L3 June 2014 | “Lest We Forget” SJ L4 June 2014 | “King and Country” SJ L4 June 2014 | “The Desert Kaupoi” SJSL L4 2014

    Topics: bombers, bombing, courage, escape, flying, history, Hitler, ingenuity, internment, Johnny Pohe, Māori, Māori Battalion, pilots, prison camps, prisoners of war, RNZAF, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Second World War, Stalag Lu¡ III, the Great Escape, tunnelling, war crimes, World War II

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Resistance: When Antibiotics Don’t Work.

    Resistance: When Antibiotics Don’t Work

    by Matt Boucher

    Illustrations by Ned Wenlock

    How do antibiotics work? What will happen if they don’t?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Alexander Fleming, antibiotics, bacteria, bugs, colds, disease, epidemic, flu, health, infection, infectious diseases, influenza, medicine, microbiologists, penicillin, resistance, sickness, stomach bugs, vaccination, viruses

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Fly.

    Fly

    by Lynley Edmeades

    Poem

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Topics: capture, courage, escape, family, flying, history, Johnny Pohe, language, Māori, pilots, prison camps, prisoners of war, poetry, Second World War, Stalag Luš III, World War II

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Four of a Kind.

    Four of a Kind

    by Steph Matuku

    Illustrations by Daron Parton

    Based on a true story. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: commitment, dialogue, equality, gender, humour, loyalty, netball, school, sport, stereotypes, surprises, teams, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    Springers.

    Springers

    by Annaleese Jochems

    Illustrations by Rebecca ter Borg

    “Springers” is a fictional story set in a rest home, where George and his daughter are visiting his elderly mum. Meredith has dementia, although it’s not clear to what degree: at times her strong mind and character shine through, at others, she seems childlike and resigned to the loss of autonomy that many people in rest homes experience. This is a subtle story, carefully observed, that sheds a gentle light on the way ageing can impact on families.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “How to Be Normal” SJ L4 Nov 2018 | “Match Report” SJ L4 Nov 2014

    Topics: autonomy, caring, dementia, dependence, families, frogs, grandparents, health, independence, memories, metaphor, old age, parents, relationships, retirement, second-person narration

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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    The Name Game.

    The Name Game

    by Victor Rodger

    Illustrations by Freddy Pearson

    Who ever thought a simple game could be so challenging?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: culture, dialogue, diversity, drama, games, humour, inclusion, names, Pacific, plays, pronunciation, respect, school, screenplay, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape.

    Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape

    by Philip Cleaver

    Porokoru Patapu (Johnny) Pohe was a daring and gifted pilot who flew bomber aircraft in the Second World War. In 1943, after twenty-two successful missions, his aircraft was shot down and he was captured. Johnny was taken to Stalag Luft III, a prison camp deep in Nazi Germany. This article tells the story of an ambitious prison escape that ended tragically for Johnny and for many others. It includes information about Māori involvement in the Second World War and about the devastating impact of bombing civilians in Germany.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Fly” SJ L4 May 2019 | “Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Pioneer Māori Battalion” SJ L3 June 2014 | “Lest We Forget” SJ L4 June 2014 | “King and Country” SJ L4 June 2014 | “The Desert Kaupoi” SJSL L4 2014

    Topics: bombers, bombing, courage, escape, flying, history, Hitler, ingenuity, internment, Johnny Pohe, Māori, Māori Battalion, pilots, prison camps, prisoners of war, RNZAF, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Second World War, Stalag Lu¡ III, the Great Escape, tunnelling, war crimes, World War II

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Resistance: When Antibiotics Don’t Work.

    Resistance: When Antibiotics Don’t Work

    by Matt Boucher

    Illustrations by Ned Wenlock

    How do antibiotics work? What will happen if they don’t?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Alexander Fleming, antibiotics, bacteria, bugs, colds, disease, epidemic, flu, health, infection, infectious diseases, influenza, medicine, microbiologists, penicillin, resistance, sickness, stomach bugs, vaccination, viruses

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Fly.

    Fly

    by Lynley Edmeades

    Poem

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Topics: capture, courage, escape, family, flying, history, Johnny Pohe, language, Māori, pilots, prison camps, prisoners of war, poetry, Second World War, Stalag Luš III, World War II

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Four of a Kind.

    Four of a Kind

    by Steph Matuku

    Illustrations by Daron Parton

    Based on a true story. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: commitment, dialogue, equality, gender, humour, loyalty, netball, school, sport, stereotypes, surprises, teams, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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