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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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  • All As One.

    All As One

    by Susan Paris with Tahir Nawaz

    While Muslims account for a small percentage of New Zealand’s population, their community has had a high profile in recent years. This article provides a brief introduction to the community’s values, as seen through the eyes of four people involved with the Kilbirnie and Hāwera mosques.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

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

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: community, culture, family, hafiz, Hāwera, inclusion, Islam, Kilbirnie, mosque, Muslim, open day, Ramadan, religion, wellbeing, Wellington

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Huia.

    Huia

    by Bill Manhire, illustration by Rachel Walker

    This item complements the article about coprolites in the same Journal, providing a more emotive response to the idea that extinction is permanent – and often caused by the actions of people. The poem might be called a mōteatea – a lament.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, colonisation, conservation, exploitation, extinct, history, huia, kaitiakitanga, language, mōteatea, native bird, nature, poetry, rangatira, rhyme, rhythm

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • An Interesting Situation.

    An Interesting Situation

    by Jo Randerson, illustration by Ali Teo

    This play links to the concept of financial capability learning. Jo Randerson has created a situation that is humorous and relatable, with a clear context that allows for a careful explanation of credit and interest – and a great twist at the end.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: business, contract, dishonesty, drama, entrepreneur, finance, financial interest, financial literacy, humour, money, play, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    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

    Related titles: See TSM

    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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  • Like, Share, Subscribe

    Like, Share, Subscribe

    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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