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  • Taranaki Views.

    Taranaki Views

    by Steph Matuku

    “Taranaki Views” is a lengthy article that offers a range of perspectives on Taranaki Mounga. (“Mounga” is a Taranaki iwi pronunciation and spelling; it’s spelt “maunga” by most other iwi.) The text is written in two parts, the first presenting historical and geographical information about the mounga and incorporating the views of scientists and mana whenua. The second part is based on interviews with local people and focuses on what the mounga means to them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, conservation, culture, environment, eruption, home, identity, mounga, mountain, national park, place, predators, Taranaki, traditional story, volcano, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • The Story of Taranaki.

    The Story of Taranaki

    by Hone Rata, illustrations by Taupuruariki Whakataka Brightwell

    This traditional story, known by many iwi in the Taranaki area, tells how Mount Taranaki was once called Pukeonaki and stood in the centre of the North Island, close to Mount Tongariro. The two mountains fought over Pihanga, a nearby mountain. Tongariro won and Pukeonaki left in anger and grief, travelling to his present position and forming the Whanganui River on the way. The people who came to live in the region later named him Taranaki.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestor, battle, culture, legend, love, Māori, mounga, mountain, myth, Ngauruhoe, story, Pihanga, Pukeonaki, Ruapehu, storytelling, tale, Taranaki, Tongariro, traditional story, volcano

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Magō!

    Magō!

    by Hio Kelemete, illustrations by Vaitoa Baker

    This is a humorous, entertaining story based on a true event. It provides examples of characterisation and dialogue as well as being a model for imaginative writing. This is a Pacific text. It provides a chance for Tokelauan and other Pacific students to see themselves and their culture reflected in the Journal.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: dialogue, fear, friendship, humour, lagoon, magō, monsters, mystery, Nukunonu, Pacific, sea life, stories, Tokelau, unknown, water, whale shark

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Come and Meet the Water Whānau.

    Come and Meet the Water Whānau

    by Kerrin P. Sharpe

    This poem links to “Our Blue Planet” in SJ L2 Nov 2019, showing how a topic can be approached in various ways in different genres. The poem takes the form of an invitation, with a series of headings and lists of single words or two words relating to those headings.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: conservation, environment, frost, ice, language, lists, Moana-nui-a-kiwa, poem, poetry, seasons, snow, water, weather, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin.

    Orca – The World’s Largest Dolphin

    by Ingrid N. Visser

    This article shares information about orca and the research conducted by the author (Ingrid Visser runs the Orca Research Trust). It looks at how and why she carries out research and what is known about orca. It also covers some of the threats to their habitat and what we need to do to protect them. The article includes a text box about the various names given to orca and another with advice on how to act around orca should you encounter them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: conservation, documenting, dolphin, endangered, environment, kākahi, killer whale, maki, marine animal, ocean, orca, Orcinus orca, research, science, sea life, stranding

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • The Kōrero of the Waka.

    The Kōrero of the Waka

    by Keri Welham

    Te Waka Rangimārie o Kaiwaka is a 25-metre waka at the entrance to Kaiwaka School in Northland. The waka welcomes people to the school and is also enjoyed as a kapa haka platform, a play area, and a quiet place to sit. The focus of this article is on the whakairo (carvings) of the waka, which tell stories about the Kaiwaka area and the school community. The article includes a profile of carver Tim Codyre, who speaks of the rich and changing traditions of whakairo.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, carving, change, culture, heritage, history, Kaipara Harbour, Kaiwaka, school, stories, taonga, Tim Codyre, waka, waka tāngata, wellbeing, whakairo

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • The Way to Play.

    The Way to Play

    by Bernard Beckett, illustrations by Scott Pearson

    When Room 6 wins the competition to design the school’s new playground, they are really excited. However, when it comes to deciding on the design, differences of opinion emerge and the students have to work through the conflict to come up with a design that will suit them all. This story provides an opportunity to introduce and discuss the acceptance and celebration of difference.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, compromise, debate, difference, friends, inclusion, perspectives, play, playground, school, understanding, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • He Toi Whakairo.

    He Toi Whakairo

    by Kelly Joseph, illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

    This poem is about the art of whakairo, linking to the article about the Kaipara School carved waka in this Journal. It shows that a theme can be explored in various ways using different text forms. It also provides a model for poetic writing on a topic. Students will be able to think critically about the art of whakairo by making inferences and finding specific information. They will also be able to identify and evaluate the language features and structures the author has chosen for her particular purpose. It includes a glossary of te reo Māori terms used in the poem and a pictorial glossary showing four whakairo patterns.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: carving, craft, illustration, language, onomatopoeia, patterns, poetry, rhythm, skill, stories, symbols, taonga, waka, whakairo

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Don’t Forget to Vote.

    Don’t Forget to Vote

    by Simon Cooke, illustrations by Beck Wheeler

    This is a humorous play featuring the characters from “Let’s Vote on It” (SJ L2 May 2020). It’s based around the importance of voting so that you can have your say. The citizens want to replace the king – a vote is held, but the king forgets to vote and loses the election as a result. Plays provide opportunities for students to develop their oral language and performance skills. They will also be able to use the characters’ actions and dialogue to make inferences and interpret the play’s main message.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: acceptance, citizenship, community, democracy, drama, election, humour, inclusion, king, monarchy, monster, play, responsibility, sequel, voting

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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