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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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  • 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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  • 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

    Order this text

    Look inside this issue

    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

    Order this text

    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

    Order this text

    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

    Order this text

    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

    Order this text

    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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • 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

    Order this text

  • Get to the Vet cover image

    Get to the Vet

    Some broken glass has fallen to the ground by the rubbish bin. Nat’s cat Rusty gets too close and gets a cut on his leg. He needs to get to the vet.

    Focus sounds: Vv Jj Ll 

    New high utility non-decodable words: his, he, needs, licks, him

    Previously used high utility non-decodable words: has, a, is, to, the, says, ka pai

    Series: Ready to Read Phonics Plus

    Curriculum level: 1

    Phase: Kākano | Seed

    Scope: Single consonants, Short vowels, Consonant digraphs

    Publication date: March 2021

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  • Swim Day cover image

    Swim Day

    It is swim sports day at kura. The kids are excited, who will win the race?

    Focus sounds: s blends ee 

    New high utility non-decodable words: day, Miss, start, even, fast, swimming

    Series: Ready to Read Phonics Plus

    Curriculum level: 1

    Phase: Tupu | Seedling

    Scope: Initial and final blends, Long vowels, Consonant patterns

    Publication date: March 2021

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