Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
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Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Māori Pioneer Battalion
by Monty Soutar
This article tells the story of Māori and the First World War and of the huge contribution made by the pioneer Māori Battalion. The topic will be unfamiliar for many students, but the themed content in the surrounding items will provide support.
59.5 Degrees South
by Sarah Wilcox
59.5 degrees south is the GPS position where the author dropped an Argo float into the Southern Ocean. This article is a recount of her journey on the NIWA ship, Kaharoa.
Egbert and the Princess
by Katie Furze
This amusing story takes standard fairy tale characters and turns them on their heads. The author uses the readers’ prior knowledge of Western dragon–princess stories to create humour by changing the stereotypes, which in turn upsets the readers’ expectations of events and reactions.
Miri and Raru
by Dylan Horrocks
This lively graphic text provides a hilarious take on the old “dog ate my homework” story. Miri draws monsters in her schoolbooks to calm herself down when she’s feeling angry or upset. When one drawing comes to life, she finds that her teacher is surprisingly understanding.
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Spirit of the Bird
by Ben Brown
illustrations by Tom Simpson
The bird of the title is the moa, and this fictional story is set in the time of the early Māori moa hunters. Little is known of this era, but the author conveys (often indirectly) the hardships of a subsistence lifestyle and the impact of human settlement on the moa.
by Paul Mason
illustrations by Andrew Burdan
In a realistic story set in the not-too-distant future, Paul Mason conveys a message that has increasing relevance today. The plot involves a family that cannot afford to buy water during a severe drought. Through implication, it appears that a single company owns the water and employs the parents of the family. When their neighbours receive a delivery of water, Ryder decides to take matters into his own hands.