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Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021.

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

    TSM Audio
Articles Getting the Message Across
A School Comes Home
Story Top Bear
Activity Making a Sign    
Play Now We’re Talking

Series: Junior Journal

Publication date: May 2021

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Getting the Message Across.

Getting the Message Across

by Iona McNaughton 

In this interview, Iona McNaughton talks to Alan Wendt, a New Zealand Sign Language interpreter. Alan explains why he chose to become an interpreter and describes what his job involves. “Getting the Message Across” is one of several pieces in this journal on the theme of communication.

Gold 1 

Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

Colour wheel level: Gold

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: Alan Wendt, bubble, communication, COVID-19, Deaf, information, interpreter, interview, language, media, message, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), news, sign language, sign-language interpreter, translation

In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

Publication date: May 2021

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A School Comes Home.

A School Comes Home

by Renata Hopkins

This recount describes a campaign by Redcliffs School and its local community to save their school after it was closed because of damage from the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. “A School Comes Home” includes comments from past and present students and a timeline of events.

Gold 2

Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

Colour wheel level: Gold

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: belonging, Christchurch, communication, community, demonstration, earthquake, history, land swap, message, petition, protest, rebuilding, resilience, safety, school, social action, students, Te Raekura Redcliffs, timeline

In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

Publication date: May 2021

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Top Bear.

Top Bear

by Bill Nagelkerke

This lighthearted, humorous story is set during the time of the March–April 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. It describes the antics of two bears who appear to be competing to become the most popular bear in Lockdown Street. The story is told in the form of a television news report and includes social media posts and many entertaining word plays. It ends with a series of questions that invite readers to speculate about what might be behind the bears’ antics.

Gold 1 

Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

Learning area: English

Colour wheel level: Gold

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: bear, bubble, communication, community, competition, COVID-19, humour, language, lockdown, media, mystery, news, pun, reporter, rivalry, social media, TV, word play

In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

Publication date: May 2021

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Making a Sign.

Making a Sign

by Fifi Colston

A sign is a good way to get a message across. Signs can show people where things are or give them instructions. Sometimes people use signs to share what they think.

Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

Learning area: English, The Arts

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Topics: clarity, communication, design, font, instruction, lettering, message, planning, sign

In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

Publication date: May 2021

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Now We’re Talking.

Now We’re Talking

by Simon Cooke

In this humorous science-fiction play, a computer virus causes problems at an interplanetary planning meeting for the Space Games. Students will enjoy the misunderstandings between the characters as they attempt to make sense of the nonsense created by a faulty language translation program.

Purple 2 

Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

Learning area: English, The Arts

Colour wheel level: Purple

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: alien, communication, computer virus, confusion, download, drama, humour, language, message, misunderstanding, mix-up, mystery, play, science fiction, translation, virus

In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

Publication date: May 2021

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