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Instructional Series

Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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  • Traditional chinese new year activities.

    Chinese New Year

    by Cherie Wu

    photographs by Mark Coote

    This book follows Murphy and his family as they prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year. It describes significant aspects of the fifteen days of celebrations, including decorations, clothing, food, and special events. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Following gold.

    Following Gold

    by Chris Tse

    illustration by Thaw Naing

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Bright fine gold.

    Bright Fine Gold

    by Mark Derby

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    Miners from all over the world flocked to Otago in the 1860s.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Bok choy.

    Bok Choy

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Ant Sang

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    “He glared at the figure of Ah Sum moving slowly down the street …”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration, prejudice, racial discrimination

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • The race cover image.

    The Race

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

    by Chris Tse

    illustrated by Ant Sang

    In this play, Chris Tse retells a traditional Chinese story about how the twelve animals that make up the Chinese zodiac came to be chosen and how their order was decided. All twelve of the Zodiac animals are characters in the play, although only six of them have speaking parts. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: astrology, China, Chinese zodiac, competition, drama, fables, humour, legends, plays, signs of the zodiac, swimming, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Family photographs cover.

    Family Photographs

    Book cover.

    by Alison Wong 

    In this prose poem, the poet reflects on two old photographs that show her father at different ages. In one, her father was four years old and was living in New Zealand with his family. By the time of the second photo, the family had gone back to China and there are two more children. Both photos show his siblings, and the clothes they wear reflect the styles of the two very different countries.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: ancestry, Chinese, estrangement, family, history, immigration, New Zealand history, poetry, poll tax

    In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Alvin and me cover image.

    Alvin and Me

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Chris Tse

    illustrated by Peter Campbell

    "A week before Alvin arrived, I got summoned to the principal’s office. I was a good kid. I never got into trouble. I was sure I’d done nothing wrong. But still, I couldn’t help worrying..."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Cantonese, change, Chinese New Zealanders, culture, difference, embarrassment, ethnic diversity, friendship, heritage, identity, individuality, race, relationships, respect, responsibility

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Chango and the moon cover image.

    Chang-O and the Moon

    Junior journal 56 cover image.

    retold by Cherie Wu

    illustrated by Stan Chan

    A traditional Chinese tale that explains the phenomenon of the “goddess in the moon”. This dramatic tale has two storylines, with the first story setting the scene for the main story.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Chang-O, China, elixir, emperor, Feng Meng, good luck, moon, moon cakes, Moon Festival, peace, traditional tale, Hou Yi, sun birds, volcano

    In: Junior Journal 56, Level 2, 2018

    Publication date: September 2018

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  • Lets see ling lee.

    Let’s See Ling Lee

    by Alan and Jill Bagnall

    illustrated by Christine Ross

    A Chinese girl brings a mystery package to school to share with her class. Ling Lee becomes the focus of attention as her gift is revealed. This text is particularly suitable for monitoring children’s integration of reading strategies at the end of the Blue level.

    Blue 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Blue

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2002

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  • Bok choy cover.

    Bok Choy

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Ant Sang

    This seemingly simple historical story carries an important message about discrimination. It is set in a goldmining town in Otago during the 1860s gold rush. Jacob’s mother is glad to buy bok choy (Chinese cabbage) from Ah Sum, but Ah Sum’s presence brings out the worst in their neighbour Mrs Bishop and her son, William. William taunts Ah Sum and leaves Jacob feeling confused about his loyalties. When Jacob slips into the river while fishing, it is Ah Sum who rescues him. The story shows how Jacob becomes aware of the realities of Ah Sum’s life. The ending is left open for readers to infer the longterm impact of Jacob’s encounter with Ah Sum.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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