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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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  • Dawn parade.

    Dawn Parade

    by Philippa Werry

    illustrated by Jennifer Cooper

    This book presents a moving account of a child’s first experience of a dawn service. With his dad, Leo watches the marchers with their medals glinting, listens to the speeches and the “Last Post”, and joins in singing the national anthem. After the service, Leo and Dad leave poppies on the war memorial and read the names of those who have died. Keyword: Anzac

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Ant and the grasshoppers.

    The Ant and the Grasshoppers

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrations by Fraser Williamson

    This book for shared reading introduces the format of a play and is a retelling of the well-known fable. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science, Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Publication date: January 2005

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  • Treasure island.

    Treasure Island

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Ali Teo

    This is a humorous narrative about a pirate and his crew searching for treasure, but there is a surprise in store.

    Green 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2007

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  • Stick insects.

    Stick Insects

    by Dawn McMillan 

    This simple report describes what a stick insect is, where it lives, what it eats, how it keeps safe, and what its life cycle is. 

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Category: Non-fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • Mrs brown's garden.

    Mrs Brown’s Garden

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Dede Putra

    In this story, Grace helps her neighbour, Mrs Brown, by watering her tomatoes. When Dad invites Mrs Brown to their family barbecue, she and Grace arrive with a large bowl of tomatoes from her garden. 

    Red 2

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • In the bush.

    In the Bush

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Martin Simpson

    While Dad and Harry are walking in the bush, a stick lands on Dad’s arm – or at least that's what Dad thinks. Harry looks more closely and realises that it’s a stick insect. When the stick insect starts to walk up Dad’s arm, Harry carefully puts it onto a tree.

    Red 3

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Science

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • Dad's hat.

    Dad’s Hat

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Kat Chadwick 

    In this narrative, Grandma has knitted a blue hat for Dad. Blue is Dad’s favourite colour, and he wears the hat everywhere until one day it gets wet and he shrinks it in the drier. Dad tries wearing some of his other hats, but they just don’t seem right. Tom feels sorry for Dad and comes up with an idea to solve Dad’s problem.

    Green 1

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Green

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Late for the Race book cover.

    Late for the Race

    by Dawn McMillan

    illustrated by Ali Teo

    Everyone is ready to start the bike race except for the bossy and demanding Princess. The Queen helps the Princess gather the things she needs – but this is one time the Princess will not be allowed to wear her crown. 

    Red 3

    This title is also available as a NZ Sign Language e-book on  iTunes and  GooglePlay

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Red

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2011

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