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  • School Journal Level 4 November 2020.

    School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    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
    Articles Rongoā for the Land
    Journeys of Discovery: The Life of Alfred Wallace
    Stories Aunties
    Dodinga, 1858
    Far from Home  
    Poem Shrinking Violet
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    Publication date: November 2020

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    Rongoā for the Land.

    Rongoā for the Land

    by Mere Whaanga

    Restoring the whenua on the Māhia Peninsula

    Taipōrutu is a sheep and cattle farm on the Māhia Peninsula. The land has been in the same whānau for twenty generations. It was once covered in native bush: tī kōuka, mānuka, rewarewa, tītoki, kahikatea, nīkau, and kawakawa. These species ensured the health of the land and the health of its people – but then they were cleared for farming. A few years ago, the family who owns Taipōrutu came up with a plan to restore their whenua. They called the plan Ahikāroa.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, change, environment, healing, history, indigenous medicine, kaitiakitanga, land, Mahia Peninsula, mana whenua, medicine, native species, rongoā, tradition, wellbeing, whanau, whenua

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Journeys of Discovery

    Journeys of Discovery: The Life of Alfred Wallace

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Gavin Mouldey

    The naturalist Alfred Wallace and his close association with the theory of evolution is little known – most people think of Charles Darwin. Yet Wallace’s story is a classic one of adventure, talent, and persistence before he was able to offer one of the most ground-breaking scientific theories of all time. Most readers are exposed to the work of scientists in the present day; the nineteenth-century setting of this text is an excellent way to broaden their understanding of how scientists have increased their understanding of the world over time and the major milestones along the way. This article is designed to be read alongside the fictional story “Dodinga, 1858”, written by the same author.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adventure, Alfred Wallace, biology, change, Charles Darwin, discovery, evolution, history, journey, natural history, natural selection, nature, science, scientist, species, travel, Victorians

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Aunties

    Aunties

    by Maria Samuela

    illustrations by Leilani Isara

    Maria Samuela’s affecting story chronicles the week leading up to the narrator’s mother’s funeral, with all its sadness and confusion and overwhelming sense of loss. The story’s one light is the presence of the narrator’s extended family – and the sense that her many aunties will continue to be there in the future, providing the kind of support and love that usually comes from a mother. The text includes references to a girl’s first period.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

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    Topics: aunty, change, changing body, Cook Island, culture, death, family, funeral, grief, loss, menstruation, Pacific, period, puberty, Ngutu‘are tangata, resilience, support, wellbeing, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Dodinga, 1858

    Dodinga, 1858

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Gavin Mouldey

    A historical narrative that is a companion story to the related article “Journeys of Discovery: The Life of Alfred Wallace” – this story provides some detail about the experiences the famous amateur naturalist Alfred Wallace had while travelling in far-flung places of the globe, hoping to crack the mysteries of evolution. Dodinga is the Indonesian village where Wallace was staying when he had his famous breakthrough in 1858. An author’s note describes the story’s links to actual events.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Alfred Wallace, biology, change, discovery, evolution, fever, history, Indonesia, natural history, natural selection, science, scientist, sickness, species, travel

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Far from Home

    Far from Home

    by Heidi Wang

    2020 Winner of the Elsie Locke writing prize

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: alien, alienation, difference, Elsie Locke, family, fitting in, loneliness, school, science fiction, self-esteem, student writing

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Shrinking Violet

    Shrinking Violet

    by James Brown 

    illustration by Sarah Wilkins

    This sophisticated poem plays with the natural tension created when a poem’s form doesn’t seem to match the content. James Brown’s jaunty use of structure and rhythm challenges the reader to understand both what the poem is about and why the author made the decisions he made.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: anxiety, confidence, emotion, expression, identity, language, metaphor, poem, poetry, self-esteem, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    by Cassandra Tse

    illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This humorous play is a take on a familiar scenario: thoughtless online behaviour and our sometimes unhealthy relationships with screens. Although grossly exaggerated, Cassandra Tse’s point is still relevant, cleverly side-stepping the usual sides by portraying the adults getting it wrong and the kids getting it right.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: blogs, boundaries, digital technology, family, humour, Instagram, privacy, role reversal, screen time, social media, technology, wellbeing, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin.

    Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin

    by Ingrid N. Visser

    This article shares information about orca and the research conducted by the author (Ingrid Visser runs the Orca Research Trust). It looks at how and why she carries out research and what is known about orca. It also covers some of the threats to their habitat and what we need to do to protect them. The article includes a text box about the various names given to orca and another with advice on how to act around orca should you encounter them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: conservation, documenting, dolphin, endangered, environment, kākahi, killer whale, maki, marine animal, ocean, orca, Orcinus orca, research, science, sea life, stranding

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • The Kōrero of the Waka.

    The Kōrero of the Waka

    by Keri Welham

    Te Waka Rangimārie o Kaiwaka is a 25-metre waka at the entrance to Kaiwaka School in Northland. The waka welcomes people to the school and is also enjoyed as a kapa haka platform, a play area, and a quiet place to sit. The focus of this article is on the whakairo (carvings) of the waka, which tell stories about the Kaiwaka area and the school community. The article includes a profile of carver Tim Codyre, who speaks of the rich and changing traditions of whakairo.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, carving, change, culture, heritage, history, Kaipara Harbour, Kaiwaka, school, stories, taonga, Tim Codyre, waka, waka tāngata, wellbeing, whakairo

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • The Way to Play.

    The Way to Play

    by Bernard Beckett, illustrations by Scott Pearson

    When Room 6 wins the competition to design the school’s new playground, they are really excited. However, when it comes to deciding on the design, differences of opinion emerge and the students have to work through the conflict to come up with a design that will suit them all. This story provides an opportunity to introduce and discuss the acceptance and celebration of difference.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, compromise, debate, difference, friends, inclusion, perspectives, play, playground, school, understanding, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • He Toi Whakairo.

    He Toi Whakairo

    by Kelly Joseph, illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

    This poem is about the art of whakairo, linking to the article about the Kaipara School carved waka in this Journal. It shows that a theme can be explored in various ways using different text forms. It also provides a model for poetic writing on a topic. Students will be able to think critically about the art of whakairo by making inferences and finding specific information. They will also be able to identify and evaluate the language features and structures the author has chosen for her particular purpose. It includes a glossary of te reo Māori terms used in the poem and a pictorial glossary showing four whakairo patterns.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: carving, craft, illustration, language, onomatopoeia, patterns, poetry, rhythm, skill, stories, symbols, taonga, waka, whakairo

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Don’t Forget to Vote.

    Don’t Forget to Vote

    by Simon Cooke, illustrations by Beck Wheeler

    This is a humorous play featuring the characters from “Let’s Vote on It” (SJ L2 May 2020). It’s based around the importance of voting so that you can have your say. The citizens want to replace the king – a vote is held, but the king forgets to vote and loses the election as a result. Plays provide opportunities for students to develop their oral language and performance skills. They will also be able to use the characters’ actions and dialogue to make inferences and interpret the play’s main message.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: acceptance, citizenship, community, democracy, drama, election, humour, inclusion, king, monarchy, monster, play, responsibility, sequel, voting

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • No Girls Allowed.

    No Girls Allowed

    by Victor Rodger, illustrations by Daron Parton

    Based on a true story: Victor Rodger explores what it means to make a difficult decision as a group to protect the interests of one person in that group – and the cost of taking a stand. He also makes the point that some things are worth calling out, especially when they involve injustice.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: belonging, community, confidence, discrimination, fairness, family, justice, loyalty, prejudice, rugby, sexism, sport, team, teamwork, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Trouble in the Foodlands.

    Trouble in the Foodlands

    by Johanna Knox, illustrations by Toby Morris

    This detective story is another instalment in the Minnie Sharp series, the only continued storyline at this level. The distinctive tone – hard-boiled detective noir – ensures the story has an entertaining surface, and this is matched with an equally satisfying plot: Minnie is required to solve conflict in the Foodlands, the main farming district on Mars. The character, setting, voice, and themes will be familiar to those who’ve met Minnie Sharp, allowing for reading activities across multiple texts – but the story also stands alone.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: artificial intelligence, community, detective, fantasy, investigation, Minnie Sharp, mystery, police, robot, science fiction, sequel

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • News for You.

    News for You

    by Bernard Beckett, illustrations by Giselle Clarkson

    This story has a mission: to shed light on the concept of algorithms, in particular the ways in which they influence our access to news. Bernard Beckett takes the Covid-19 lockdown as his starting point, using this shared experience to provide humour and appeal. This relevant context also allows students to explore the idea that people have different interests and perspectives and that news on social media has been curated for the user and may not represent all aspects of current events.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: algorithm, change, Covid-19, current events, digital technologies, family, lockdown, news, privacy, social media, technology

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • The Coprolite Hunters.

    The Coprolite Hunters

    by Neil Silverwood

    Photographer Neil Silverwood has documented the work of New Zealand scientists before. This time, they’re hunting for coprolites – fossilised animal faeces. Analysing this “treasure from the past” allows scientists to learn more about our endangered native bird species, including the kinds of habitats that once supported them. This is another useful article about the work scientists do and the many ways in which they continue to learn about our world.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: coprolite, discovery, extinct species, fossil, Haast’s eagle, Kahurangi National Park, moa, natural history, Otago, pouākai, science, scientist

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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