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  • Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!

    Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!

    by Susan Paris

    Carlos Vakalaloma has lots of interests. He likes playing rugby (he’s a prop) and doing jigsaw puzzles (the old-school kind with up to a thousand pieces). During lockdown, he also spent a lot of time cooking. Carlos really likes Italian food. But if he was forced to choose his favourite meal, to both cook and eat, he’d say sapasui. Sapasui is eaten all across the Pacific. The dish is a version of chop suey, which originally comes from China.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: Chinese, chop suey, cooking, cuisine, eating, Fiji, food, kitchen, migrants, noodles, Pacific, Pasifika, recipes, Sāmoa, sapasui, traditional food, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Tinā at School.

    Tinā at School

    Lani brings Tinā to school and they learn about Samoa.

    Focus sounds: Multisyllable words

    New high frequency words: some what come

    Series: Ready to Read Phonics Plus

    Curriculum level: 1

    Phase: Rākau | Tree

    Scope: Contractions, Syllable types, Complex morphemes

    Publication date: January 2023

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  • Tinā Visits.

    Tinā Visits

    Tinā is visiting from Samoa. She sees a lot of differences!

    Focus sounds: air ear ere

    New high frequency words: of what you are

    Series: Ready to Read Phonics Plus

    Curriculum level: 1

    Phase: Māhuri | Sapling

    Publication date: January 2023

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    School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following texts in this issue of the School Journal:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Uncle Tino
    Articles Dances of Sāmoa
    Living Fossils  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: October 2012

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    Dances of Sāmoa

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    by Toleafoa Avauli Peter Setefano

    This article describes three well-known dance forms from Sāmoa. The article is accompanied by colourful, high-energy photos of students from a Porirua primary school performing the slap dance and the sāsā. The article features some of the history of the dances and it also provides opportunities for an in-depth exploration of the relationship between the heroes of the dances and the stories that each dance tells. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dance, Sāmoa, Porirua, slap dance, sāsā. article, history

    In: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Publication date: October 2012

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    Living Fossils

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    by Sue Gibbison

    This article describes tuatara and how they are bred in captivity. Photos, including X-rays, and a glossary provide support for students as they learn about this fascinating animal. Some of the concepts may be challenging for students, particularly “living fossils”, extinction, and X-rays. Also, the article contains mixed text types, although these are clearly signalled through headings. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tuatara, bred in captivity, animal, living fossils, extinction, X-rays

    In: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Publication date: October 2012

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    Uncle Tino

    Sj level 2 cover image oct2012.

    by Jane Davitt Va‘afusuaga

    “Uncle Tino” is a deceptively simple story about Samoan twins, Jessie and Jonas, who are embarrassed by their exuberant uncle who has recently arrived from Sāmoa. The lively story is woven through with Samoan concepts and values as Jessie and Jonas gradually change their attitudes toward Uncle Tino. The story reinforces the idea that cultural knowledge and skills are “cool” and worthy of respect.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Samoan, twins, embarrassed, uncle, Sāmoa, Samoan concepts and values, cultural knowledge, respect

    In: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Publication date: September 2012

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    School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Teacher support materials (TSM) are available for all the following texts in this issue of the School Journal:

        TSM
    Plays A Real Steal
    Articles The Great Barrier Reef
    Tuto'atasi The Struggle for Samoa's Independence

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2013

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    A Real Steal

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    by James O’Sullivan

    An art gallery has a new exhibition and it’s hired a security guard to make sure no one touches the paintings. A visiting art critic has strong opinions about the value of the works, but things start going wrong when a thief enters. The humour in the play comes from the diverse array of characters and their changing opinions on the value of the “art”. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “Kebabs” SJ 4.2.09 | “Terrible Pirates” SJ 4.3.07 | “The Army of Doom” SJ 4.3.08

    In: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Publication date: May 2013

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    The Great Barrier Reef

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    by Sarah Wilcox

    The Great Barrier Reef is very beautiful – and threatened. This report describes the Great Barrier Reef and explains what coral is. It also outlines the threats to the reef from climate change and its “evil twin”, ocean acidification.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “The Emperor of Peka Peka Beach” SJ L4 Oct 2012 | “Plight of the Sea Turtle” SJ 3.2.08

    In: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Publication date: May 2013

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    Tuto'atasi The Struggle for Samoa's Independence

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    by Damon Salesa 

    The people of Sāmoa celebrated fifty years of independence in 2012. This article tells the complex story of colonisation and decolonisation that saw Sāmoa controlled by Germany, and then New Zealand, before finally securing self-rule. The former rulers enforced unpopular laws and punished dissent harshly. In addition, thousands of Samoans died of influenza as a result of poor quarantine practices under New Zealand’s rule.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Publication date: May 2013

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  • Keeping Our Stories Alive.

    Keeping Our Stories Alive

    by Lana Lopesi and Grace Teuila Evelyn Iwashita-Taylor

    This book explores Samoan tatau in two parts: the first part is an interview with tattooist Tyla Vaeau and the second is a comic that retells how tatau came to Sāmoa. The interview with Tyla explores her Samoan culture, how she became a tufuga tā masini (electric tattoo artist), the process and practice of tattooing, and the significance of being a woman working with tatau. The comic retells the origin story of how tatau – and in particular the malu – came to Sāmoa through Tilafaigā and Taemā. The book links to the article “For the Ancestors”, published in School Journal, Level 3, November 2019, which recounts one woman’s experience of receiving her malu.

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    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • Tautai.

    Tautai

    by Sisilia Eteuati

    illustrations by Mose Eteuati

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    This contemporary story is about a boy and his love of planes, but students will also read about the importance of his name and how a chance meeting helped him gain confidence. Samoan students will identify with Lagi, and all students will enjoy his enthusiasm and excitement as he sets off on his first trip to Sāmoa.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aeroplanes, family, flying, friendship, identity, Pasifika, relationships, Sāmoa

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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