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Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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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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  • 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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  • Hinepūkohurangi me Te Maunga thumbnail

    Hinepūkohurangi me Te Maunga

    This comic by Ngāi Tūhoe writer Maraea Rakuraku explores the pūrākau of Hinepūkohurangi and Te Maunga from a contemporary perspective. Pōtiki is travelling home with his dad, fresh from reciting his pepeha at school. As he reads a comic retelling the pūrākau of how Hinepūkohurangi fell in love with Te Maunga, he comes to see his surroundings and his pepeha in a new light. The comic shifts between the two narratives – the car ride and the pūrākau comic – creating a layered, meditative story that touches on place, belonging, whakapapa, and the power of storytelling.

     

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • Kura Huna: The Art of Reweti Arapere.

    Kura Huna: The Art of Reweti Arapere

    by Stephanie Tibble

    Reweti Arapere learnt that the art he wanted to make was the art that emerged when he looked at the world through his Māori eyes. His giant cardboard and felt-pen figures help him to tell the stories of his whakapapa and of Aotearoa.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: 3-D, ancestor, art, black, cardboard, creativity, felt pen, graffiti, hidden treasure, hip-hop, identity, kōwhaiwhai, kura huna, moko, pou kāri, Reweti Arapere, street art, stories, te ao Māori, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepou, Te Pō, te reo Māori, tūpuna, Rangimatua, visual art, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • Mauri Mahi, Mauri Ora.

    Mauri Mahi, Mauri Ora

    by Kate Paris; illustrations by Paul Beavis

    A humorous play with an intriguing setting and multiple features that allow students interested in drama to hone their performances.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: anxiety, backstage, characters, dialogue, drama, dress rehearsal, friendship, humour, panic, play, production, rehearsal, school, stage fright, support, trick, waiting

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • Grumpy Hungry.

    Grumpy Hungry

    by Joanna Cho; illustrations by Lisa Baudry

    This narrative poem, told in the first person, chronicles being hungry, an experience that intensifies as time passes and which is matched by figurative language that does the same. A good model for student writing.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: bibimbap, cooking, dinner, family, food, hunger, imagery, impatience, language, patience, poetry, rice, verse, waiting

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • The Story of the Ventnor.

    The Story of the Ventnor

    by Kirsten Wong

    In 1902, thirteen lives were lost when the SS Ventnor sank off the Hokianga coast in Northland. The ship was carrying the carefully packaged bones of almost five hundred Chinese goldminers on their way home for burial. Despite immediate efforts to retrieve the bones, the ship and its precious cargo were lost. Over the following months, some of the bones washed up on Hokianga beaches. Most of these bones were collected and cared for by local iwi, with the stories of the shipwreck and the Chinese kōiwi passed down across generations of Māori. Over one hundred years later, some of the decendants of the goldminers discovered the fate of the bones and the kindness that iwi had shown and travelled north to learn more. A shared respect for the ancestors has since drawn together Chinese New Zealand communities and the iwi who are now kaitiaki of the goldminers’ remains.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ancestors, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, bones, ceremony, Cheong Shing Tong, Chinese, Choie Sew Hoy, commemoration, culture, family, gold, goldminer, healing, history, Hokianga, home, kōiwi, memorial, peace, remembering, repatriation, respect, shipwreck, Te Hoko Keha, Te Rarawa, Te Roroa, Te Tao Maui, Ventnor, waharoa

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • Happy Birthday.

    Happy Birthday

    by James Brown; illustrations by Josh Morgan

    The nameless narrator and his friend Jeet, as featured in “The Polterheist”, reappear for another round of humorous high-jinks, this time involving an awkward birthday and a backyard tunnel.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: birthday, communication, disappointment, divorce, family, friendship, gadgets, humour, imagination, promises, relationships, resilience, separation, sequel, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • Red, the Pig, and the Automobile.

    Red, the Pig, and the Automobile

    by Annaleese Jochems; illustrations by Daron Parton

    An inventive reimagining of the fairy-tale genre, based loosely around Little Red Riding Hood. This is a great model for student writing, especially for those who want to explore the creative possibilities of a retelling by innovating on a familiar form.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: anthropomorphism, cleverness, disguise, fairy tale, fantasy, humour, innovation, Little Red Riding Hood, moral, parody, traditional story, trickery, wolf

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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