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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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    Grey Angels

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Anna Rogers

    Although students will be aware of the role soldiers play in wartime, few will know about the role of nurses. This article describes the work
    of New Zealand nurses who travelled to Africa and Europe during the First World War. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, nurses, hospital ships, Somme, Edna Pengelly, Gallipoli, soldiers, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Chunuk Bair

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Robert Sullivan

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Chunuk Bair, First World War, Anzac, soldiers, Gallipoli, poetry

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Das Piano

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Bernard Beckett

    This dark, humorous narrative is set during the First World War and, through exaggeration, shows the effects of extreme patriotism that can appear in wartime. Thomas, the narrator, hates Mrs Biggs, his teacher. He also hates singing. When Mrs Biggs finds him playing Catch the German, she punishes him by making him sing in front of the mayor. Thomas’s desperate attempt to avoid singing has unexpected results when Mrs Biggs and the mayor decide to smash the piano – because it was made in Germany.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, piano, school, German, destruction, humour, bully

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Harry’s War

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Mark Derby

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    “It’s funny the way things turn out.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: First World War, army training, chalk Kiwi, Kiwi, lucky escape

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Windfall cover.

    Windfall

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Leilani Isara

    Anna’s father has come home from the war – or has he?

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: First World War, shell shock, storm, rescue, overcoming adversity, father/daughter relationships

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Drift cover.

    Drift

    Sj august 2013 cover.

    by Denis Glover

    This beautiful poem by one of New Zealand’s best-known poets, Denis Glover (most famous for “The Magpies”), describes objects drifting on the ocean. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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  • The rules cover.

    The Rules

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    By Maria Samuela

    Illustrations by Michel Mulipola

    “Matiora couldn’t wait till he had enough money saved up.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, busking, classical music, family, friendship, music, orchestras, responsibility, rules, tenors, violin

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2016

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    The Remarkable Reti

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Kiwa Hammond and Duane Culshaw

    A reti is a fishing device, used by Ngāti Pāhauwera to catch kahawai on the Mōhaka River. The iwi regard the reti as a taonga, and the article provides a great example of how traditions, along with stories and waiata, are handed down through the generations.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fishing, kontiki, Mōhaka River, Ngāti Pāhauwera, reti, reti board, tikanga, waiata

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Barney whiterats cover.

    Barney Whiterats

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Glenn Colquhoun

    “Barney Whiterats” is a text in three parts. Students have to consider: a poem by one of New Zealand’s most respected poets, a musical setting of the poem as a lullaby, and an explanation of the poet’s inspiration that includes an old black-and-white photograph of a swagman.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Barney Whiterats, melody, music, onomatopoeia, poetry, rhythm, swagmen

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Baamite cover.

    Baa-mite

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Sarah Delahunty

    Recording a radio advertisement has never been so complicated …

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: acting, actors, advertising, humour, radio play, sound effects, sound track

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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