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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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  • Not so normal cover.

    Not So Normal

    Cover image.

    by Eirlys Hunter

    illustrations by Gavin Mouldey

    Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: aliens, spaceship, science fiction, invasion

    In: School Journal Level 3 September 2014

    Publication date: September 2014

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  • Nz at war cover.

    New Zealand at War

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    A timeline of the First World War

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: World War I, war, soldiers, Anzac, Anzac Day, Gallipoli, conscription, Battle of Somme

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • The maori pioneer battalion cover.

    Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Māori Pioneer Battalion

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    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. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, British Empire, Māori soldiers, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Māori contingent, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • 59 degrees south cover.

    59.5 Degrees South

    Sj august 2013 cover.

    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. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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  • Egbert and the princess cover.

    Egbert and the Princess

    Sj august 2013 cover.

    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. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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  • Miri and raru cover.

    Miri and Raru

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    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.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bullying, comics, drawing, fantasy, fitting in, graphic novel, graphic text, humour, illustrations, imagination, monsters, teachers

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Happy new year cover.

    Happy New Year

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Adrienne Frater

    illustrations by Rebecca ter Borg

    New Year’s Eve on Great Barrier Island doesn’t go according to plan.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: environment, fire, fire safety, Great Barrier Island, native bush, responsibility, sailing

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2016

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  • Making radio waves cover.

    Making Radio Waves

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Iona McNaughton

    The students at Lyall Bay School in Wellington have their own radio station.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: announcers, broadcasting, community, MaranuiFM, radio, radio waves, school, transmission

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Spirit of the bird cover.

    Spirit of the Bird

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    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.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cave drawings, conservation, dreaming, environment, extinction, first people, Māori, moa, moa hunters, subsistence, tīpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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  • Thirst cover.

    Thirst

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    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. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: conservation, environment, futuristic, post- apocalypse, science fiction, speculative fiction, survival, water

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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