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  • School journal level 4 May 2017.

    School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) for the following:

        TSM
    Stories How to Fall  
      Hushed  
      Origin Story (with fairy)
      Stitches  
    Articles Astrobiology: Finding Extraterrestrial Life
      The Fight to Vote  
    Play The Trial

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Astrobiology cover image.

    Astrobiology: Finding Extraterrestrial Life

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Steve Pointing

    This article explains the work of astrobiologists and invites students to consider the possibilities of life beyond Earth. It asks what extra-terrestrial life might be like if it does exist. Could we be invaded by a dangerous species, or would the aliens be friendly?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, Antarctica, astrobiology, extraterrestrial life, Fermi’s Paradox, Goldilocks zone, habitable zone, Mars, microbes, mystery, SETI (Search for extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, signs of life, survival

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    How to fall cover image.

    How to Fall

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Whiti Hereaka

    illustrated by Rebecca ter Borg

    "The rec centre’s packed. It’s like one big party, but Maia’s determined not to enjoy herself. Coming to see Aunty Emz’s derby game had been Mum’s idea. They needed a break from unpacking, apparently – although Maia’s pretty sure of the real reason: they needed a break from each other."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, change, family, moving, relationships, roller derby, settling in, skating, sport, stress, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Hushed cover image.

    Hushed

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Mat Tait

    "The door to the pod hissed open, and Tre stared at his new classroom, an uncertain flicker in his eyes. Children sat clustered around tables in small groups. In the centre of each lay a pile of building bricks, white as hospital walls."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: apocalypse, authoritarianism, brainwashing, escape, fantasy, fascism, freedom, future, futuristic fiction, identity, individuality, rebellion, science fiction, serial, society, speculative fiction

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Origin story cover image.

    Origin Story (with fairy)

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by David Larsen

    illustrated by Ross Murray

    In “Origin Story”, schoolgirl Moana has a surprise meeting with a fairy. As the fairy greets her and introduces itself, Moana is forced to suspend disbelief. Time is also “suspended” in a freeze-frame style, and Moana eventually realises that she has a chance – and the power – to change the course of events.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: choices, fairies, fairy tales, fantasy, humour, logic, modern fairy tales, origin stories, responsibilty, speculative fiction, superheroes, super powers, time

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Stitches cover image.

    Stitches

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Mary McCallum

    illustrated by Elliemay Logan

    "Before she threw back the covers, May’s eyes fell on the brand-new Wheeler & Wilson sewing machine, which stood black and gleaming like a cat on the dresser. How wonderful of Papa to buy it for her! He’d talked about nothing else since he’d brought it home: how many dresses May could sew in a week right here in her bedroom, how much money she could make, what a help it would be."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: class, dressmaking, economics, education, family, friendship, New Zealand history, poverty, relationships, responsibility, sacrifice, schooling, sewing, women’s rights,

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    The Fight to Vote

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Susan Paris

    "It's hard to imagine a world where women can't vote. Yet up until 1893, this was the reality. Not one country allowed women to have a say in their national government. In some parts of the world, it would stay that way for a long time. New Zealand was different. On 28 November 1893, women went to the polling booth for the first time. It was a famous victory – a radical change – but it didn't come without a fight."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: civil rights, democracy, elections, Kate Sheppard, New Zealand history, parliament, participating and contributing, petitions, Richard Seddon, suffrage, suffragettes, temperance, voting, Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), women’s rights

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    The trial cover image.

    The Trial

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Bernard Beckett

    In this futuristic tale, readers will be confronted with a situation that has strong parallels with present-day moral dilemmas. “The Trial” provides opportunities for rich discussion about the concept of setting up a “new” society with clear rules and when the rules need to be questioned. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: civil rights, colonies, court, drama, fantasy, futuristic fiction, laws, Mars, principles, rebellion, rules, science fiction, screenplay, society, space, speculative fiction

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    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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  • The trial cover image.

    The Trial

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Bernard Beckett

    In this futuristic tale, readers will be confronted with a situation that has strong parallels with present-day moral dilemmas. “The Trial” provides opportunities for rich discussion about the concept of setting up a “new” society with clear rules and when the rules need to be questioned. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: civil rights, colonies, court, drama, fantasy, futuristic fiction, laws, Mars, principles, rebellion, rules, science fiction, screenplay, society, space, speculative fiction

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

    Order this text

  • Astrobiology cover image.

    Astrobiology: Finding Extraterrestrial Life

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Steve Pointing

    This article explains the work of astrobiologists and invites students to consider the possibilities of life beyond Earth. It asks what extra-terrestrial life might be like if it does exist. Could we be invaded by a dangerous species, or would the aliens be friendly?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aliens, Antarctica, astrobiology, extraterrestrial life, Fermi’s Paradox, Goldilocks zone, habitable zone, Mars, microbes, mystery, SETI (Search for extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, signs of life, survival

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

    Order this text

  • Stitches cover image.

    Stitches

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Mary McCallum

    illustrated by Elliemay Logan

    "Before she threw back the covers, May’s eyes fell on the brand-new Wheeler & Wilson sewing machine, which stood black and gleaming like a cat on the dresser. How wonderful of Papa to buy it for her! He’d talked about nothing else since he’d brought it home: how many dresses May could sew in a week right here in her bedroom, how much money she could make, what a help it would be."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: class, dressmaking, economics, education, family, friendship, New Zealand history, poverty, relationships, responsibility, sacrifice, schooling, sewing, women’s rights,

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

    Order this text

  • Hushed cover image.

    Hushed

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Mat Tait

    "The door to the pod hissed open, and Tre stared at his new classroom, an uncertain flicker in his eyes. Children sat clustered around tables in small groups. In the centre of each lay a pile of building bricks, white as hospital walls."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: apocalypse, authoritarianism, brainwashing, escape, fantasy, fascism, freedom, future, futuristic fiction, identity, individuality, rebellion, science fiction, serial, society, speculative fiction

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

    Order this text

  • Origin story cover image.

    Origin Story (with fairy)

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by David Larsen

    illustrated by Ross Murray

    In “Origin Story”, schoolgirl Moana has a surprise meeting with a fairy. As the fairy greets her and introduces itself, Moana is forced to suspend disbelief. Time is also “suspended” in a freeze-frame style, and Moana eventually realises that she has a chance – and the power – to change the course of events.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: choices, fairies, fairy tales, fantasy, humour, logic, modern fairy tales, origin stories, responsibilty, speculative fiction, superheroes, super powers, time

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

    Order this text

  • How to fall cover image.

    How to Fall

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Whiti Hereaka

    illustrated by Rebecca ter Borg

    "The rec centre’s packed. It’s like one big party, but Maia’s determined not to enjoy herself. Coming to see Aunty Emz’s derby game had been Mum’s idea. They needed a break from unpacking, apparently – although Maia’s pretty sure of the real reason: they needed a break from each other."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, change, family, moving, relationships, roller derby, settling in, skating, sport, stress, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

    Order this text

  • The zoo debate cover image.

    The Zoo Debate

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

    by Philippa Werry

    This article presents both sides of a debate: should we or shouldn’t we have zoos? It includes a short history of zoos and some suggestions for alternatives. It also includes lists of valid points for and against zoos.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: animal rights, animals, change, conservation, debate, elephants, endangered species, environment, habitats, reserves, safari parks, sanctuaries, wild animals, wildlife, zoos

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Bugbix for breakfast cover image.

    Bugbix for Breakfast

    School journal level 2 May 2017 cover image.

     by Bronwen Wall

    This article tackles a topic that many people feel squeamish about: eating insects. The writer explains that many people around the world eat insects as a normal part of their diet. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bugs, cricket flour, diet, edible insects, entomophagists, entomophagy, environment, famine, food, health, insects, wētā, wild food

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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