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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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  • Quake rattle and roll cover.

    Quake, Rattle, and Roll

    by Sarah Wilcox

    When the Christchurch Cathedral lost its spire in 2011, it was the fourth time it had been toppled by an earthquake! This book explains why we have earthquakes and how they are measured.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Just kidding cover.

    Just Kidding

    by Marisa Maepu

    This story gently and implicitly explores the theme of bullying and provides opportunities for students to consider strategies for dealing with similar situations. Told through the eyes of a narrator, it portrays the tensions between Henry and Sefa but also focuses on the importance of maintaining personal integrity. The decisions taken by Henry and Sefa can be compared and discussed, with some analysis of the consequences. The story also deals with the responsibilities of those noticing bullying behaviour around them. 

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Any old iron cover.

    Any Old Iron

    by Greg O’Brien

    This is the story of Jeff Thomson, the sculptor of a chicken that O’Brien and his brother bought as a birthday present for their mother. The chicken was made of corrugated iron. O’Brien describes Thomson’s inspirations, his training, the work that goes on in his noisy workshop, and the many and varied objects and animals that he has made from iron over the past thirty years. The text is well illustrated with photographs of these sculptures. O’Brien adds his own responses to them, providing insights that may motivate readers to consider unusual materials or subjects for their own artworks.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • An island in time cover.

    An Island in Time

    by Philippa Werry

    An Island in Time is about Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. The text contains three articles, a timeline, and a glossary (which applies to all three articles). Using the book as a whole (over a series of lessons) provides opportunities for students to make connections across the different text types as well as with their own experiences. The key theme to explore across the three articles is how different people have viewed and used the land and how this has changed over time.

    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: January 2011

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  • The desert kaupoi cover.

    The Desert Kaupoi

    by Ariana Tikao

    This is the true story of her Uncle Tony’s exploits in the Māori Battalion during the Second World War. This story of his war experiences gives a fascinating insight into the kind of person her uncle was, the qualities that led to him being awarded the Military Cross, and the life of a soldier in the Second World War. The story is told as a recount, using excerpts from his diary and historical photographs. It also includes a brief description of the players and events in the Second World War. Rich illustrations depict life in the desert and some dramatic moments on the battlefield.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Frogs cover.

    Frogs

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Michel Mulipola

    Frogs is a graphic text that tells the story of Tane, a boy struggling to survive in a world where drastic environmental changes mean that humans need to protect themselves from the heat of the sun. Tane is forced to scrounge for anything he can sell to charge his chip, and his search leads him into dangerous territory, controlled by a gang known as the Mutts.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • The wild deer debate cover.

    The Wild Deer Debate

    by Ian Trafford

    Are wild deer in New Zealand for good? Are they a pest or a resource? In this report, four different groups of people express their opinions and give their reasons for wanting (or not wanting) deer to be left to roam free in New Zealand. The opinions form a continuum, from those that want complete freedom for deer to those who would like to see deer eradicated.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • The bullet cover.

    The Bullet

    by Sarah Penwarden

    “The Bullet” has been adapted as a graphic text from the story of the same name in School Journal 4.3.08. In both versions, the story is about a boy who is bullied in his new school and faces decisions that could change the course of his young life. The graphic text format is more accessible and engaging, and provides multiple opportunities for readers to access the sophisticated themes and abstract ideas of the original story. The illustrations use a gritty, raw style that highlights the sense of danger and risk. The text offers opportunities for students to build on the key competencies of managing self and relating to others.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Sky high cover.

    Sky High

    by Feana Tu‘akoi and David Hill

    Building a rocket in the backyard may not be a common experience for many students, but most will be able to identify with the ongoing human dream of exploring space. This text combines two texts: “Rocket Club” (a recount of one boy’s rocket-building experiences) and “Blast from the Past” (a report linking historical and contemporary information about rockets). The report explains and describes how, when, and why rockets have been used over more than 900 years.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • My place cover.

    My Place

    by Janice Marriott

    Jeromie and Jelintha have come to a New Zealand city from rural Papua New Guinea. Ryan lives on a farm that his family has owned for generations. The MacLean family is travelling around the country in a camper van. And Ruiha lives in an outer suburb of Wellington but commutes to school in the city. This text explores what “home” means to all these people. It includes information about their daily routines and the challenges they face. Quotes from interviews pepper the report, and key ideas are highlighted visually.   

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Publication date: January 2010

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