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  • First world war mascots cover.

    First World War Mascots

    School Journal L2 June 2014.

    by Philippa Werry

    Many students will be familiar with the use of mascots by sports teams, but they may be surprised to learn that mascots have also been used in wars. This text describes mascots used by New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. Students may have some awareness of the First World War through Anzac Day commemorations and from events to mark its centenary in 2014. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, dogs, animals, mascots, history, war, soldiers, army

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • War memorial at night.

    In Memory: First World War Memorials

    War memorial at night.

    by Jock Phillips

    This article explains the purpose of war memorials and, in particular, memorials created at the end of the First World War. It provides examples of different types of memorials, from obelisks, statues, arches, and gates to monuments that use features in the natural environment.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Anzac Day, carillon, civic pride, citizenship, community, First World War, honour, inscriptions, memorials, monuments, national memorial, nurses, obelisks, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, remembering, respect, soldiers, World War 1

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Harry's war cover.

    Harry’s War

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Mark Derby

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    “It’s funny the way things turn out.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: First World War, army training, chalk Kiwi, Kiwi, lucky escape

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Childrens war cover.

    The Children’s War

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by Jock Phillips

    After a general introduction and overview of the First World War, the article describes how the New Zealand government used a variety
    of methods to encourage children to support the war effort. One method was to use the School Journal to give children positive stories
    (avoiding the harsher realities) and articles about exemplary “Empire heroes”. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, children, Passchendaele, flag, patriotism, school, memorials, New Zealand

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Nz at war cover.

    New Zealand at War

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    A timeline of the First World War

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: World War I, war, soldiers, Anzac, Anzac Day, Gallipoli, conscription, Battle of Somme

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Sj level 3 feb 2012 cover.

    Silas the Stretcher-bearer

    L3 cover image feb2012.

    by Rachel Stedman

    This article conveys the experiences of Silas, who was a stretcher-bearer during the First World War. Silas was a conscientious objector who decided to join non-combatant service upon being drafted. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, February 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: stretcher-bearer, First World War, conscientious objector

    In: School Journal Level 3, February 2012

    Publication date: February 2012

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  • In the end cover.

    In the End

    L4 cover image oct2013.

    by Mal Peet

    “In the End” is a fictional recount of the Martha Mine strike, told by a soldier in the First World War who was living in Waihī at the time of the strike. This complex layering will be challenging for some students, but the rich poetic language and colourful expression should be engaging for many readers

    Series: School Journal Level 4, October 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Mine, strike, soldier, First World War, Waihī

    In: School Journal Level 4, October 2013

    Publication date: October 2013

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  • His own war cover.

    His Own War – The Story of Archibald Baxter

    L4 cover image march2012.

    by David Grant 

    “His Own War” is a biography of Archie Baxter, a New Zealander who refused to join up and fight in the First World War. His objection to fighting was based on strongly held convictions, and he paid dearly for them.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, March 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: war, biography, Archie Baxter, New Zealander, First World War, objection

    In: School Journal Level 4, March 2012

    Publication date: March 2012

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  • Das piano cover.

    Das Piano

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Bernard Beckett

    This dark, humorous narrative is set during the First World War and, through exaggeration, shows the effects of extreme patriotism that can appear in wartime. Thomas, the narrator, hates Mrs Biggs, his teacher. He also hates singing. When Mrs Biggs finds him playing Catch the German, she punishes him by making him sing in front of the mayor. Thomas’s desperate attempt to avoid singing has unexpected results when Mrs Biggs and the mayor decide to smash the piano – because it was made in Germany.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, piano, school, German, destruction, humour, bully

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Chunuk bair cover.

    Chunuk Bair

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Robert Sullivan

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Chunuk Bair, First World War, Anzac, soldiers, Gallipoli, poetry

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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