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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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  • Want Relief.

    Want Relief

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    The Auckland Islands, a New Zealand territory in the Southern Ocean, were the site of nine shipwrecks in the nineteenth century. Paul Mason uses this as a starting point for his fictional story about Nell, who becomes a castaway with several others and must play her part in keeping their precious fire going.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Auckland Islands, castaway, family, General Grant,Graft n,historicfiction,history,ingenuity, kākāriki, marooned, Motu Maha, rescue, resilience, responsibility, shipwreck, survival

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • The Longest Walk.

    The Longest Walk

    by Rebekah White

    The Rapsey family, including nine-year-old Elizabeth and her six-year-old brother, Johnny, spent just over four months walking the entire length of New Zealand. During this time, they lived a simple life, learning about the natural world around them and the various ways to engage with it. Rebekah White captures both the sense of adventure and the contemplative moments through her lyrical style, which contains some elements of creative non-fiction.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: bush, challenge, change, exploration, family, forest, geography, growing, learning, mountains, New Zealand, outdoors, resilience, self-reliance, Te Araroa, tramping, trek, walking

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Changing Lives: The Omeo Story.

    Changing Lives: The Omeo Story

    by Lucy Corry

    Kevin Halsall is an engineer and inventor who likes to solve problems. Over a four-year period, he designed and built the Omeo: a ground-breaking mobility device that gives people much greater freedom than a traditional wheelchair. In this article, Kevin discusses his motivation and design process, and his friend Marcus shares the impact the Omeo has had on his life.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adaptation, challenge, change, design, development, disability, engineering, idea, independence, innovation, Kevin Halsall, Marcus Thompson, mobility, Omeo, problem, prototype, Segway, social media, solution, technology, wheelchair

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Bad Advice.

    Bad Advice

    by Tim Upperton

    Tim Upperton plays with poetic form, especially the pleasures of a tight rhyme scheme, to give readers some unusual “advice”. His poem is a homage to the nonsense text of Doctor Seuss, with a black-humour twist.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: advice, humour, language, parody, poetry, rhyme, rhythm, Tim Upperton

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • A Mugging in Maths.

    A Mugging in Maths

    by Cassandra Tse, illustrations by Josh Morgan

    This classroom mystery is solved by Ruby, a student who loves detective novels and who has honed her skills through reading. The author delights in mysteries and plays – and works both forms to their advantage.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: detective, drama, humour, mystery, parody, perseverence, play, process, school, teachers, whodunnit

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • The Musician.

    The Musician

    by Sarah Penwarden, illustrations by Elliemay Logan

    This family story captures the experience of forming a new relationship and how circumstances that are outside our control can end relationships. Equally, it’s about how families change – and especially about young people becoming aware of their parents as people with separate lives and with their own needs.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: acceptance, change, family, loss, new partner, parent, relationships, separation, siblings

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • The Winning Side.

    The Winning Side

    by Sarah Johnson, illustrations by Craig Phillips

    This story references general elections, in the context of an election to a school council. “The Winning Side” introduces a few big ideas: the need for a platform, the importance of giving everyone a voice, and why we vote.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: agendas, campaign, candidate, change, courage, decision, democracy, election, friendship, loyalty, politics, representation, school, speaking up, speeches, voting

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Muse.

    Muse

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Mat Tait

    This is the third instalment in this series, which is set in a dystopian future. Although it follows on from “Hushed” and “Wind Chimes”, the story can stand alone.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: betrayal, change, courage, dystopian, escape, family, fascism, friendship, future, “Hushedʼ, Muse, Paul Mason, sequel, serial, survival, Tre, “Wind Chimes”

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Game Changers.

    Game Changers

    by Clare Bardsley

    The students at Newlands Intermediate have learnt that creating successful digital technologies requires a realistic, think-small approach – and that it’s OK to make mistakes. As well as attempting to build their own game, they were also part of a real-world software development team that developed and tested Mixiply, a platform for making games and apps that use augmented and virtual reality.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: augmented reality, coding, collaboration, cooperation, creativity, development process, digital, digital platform, gaming, MiniDevs, Mixiply, Newlands Intermediate, pivoting, planning, problem-solving, prototype, software development, students, technologies architect, technology, teamwork, testing, thinking, virtual reality

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Feedback.

    Feedback

    by Matt Boucher

    This article is a follow up to “Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge”. It explains the phenomenon of feedback loops – positive feedback loops, which can cause climate change to accelerate, or negative loops, which can lessen the factors that cause change.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: activist, albedo, carbon dioxide, challenge, change, climate, climate activist, climate change, deforestation, energy, environment, feedback loop, fossil fuel, global warming, greenhouse gas, negative feedback loop, permafrost, positive feedback loop, Sophie Handford, temperature, water cycle, water vapour, weather

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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