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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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  • Catching mustelids.

    Catching Mustelids

    by Bronwen Wall

    Junior Journal 43

    This report, told from the perspective of a young girl, describes how and why her grandad catches mustelids (ferrets, stoats, and weasels). The theme of predators continues in the poem “ Hoiho” in the same Journal, providing an opportunity for students to integrate ideas from both texts. A third text in this Journal, “A New Home for Mokomoko”, continues the theme of protection of native wildlife.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: report, mustelids, ferrets, stoats, and weasels, predators, protection, native, wildlife

    In: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Hoiho.

    Hoiho

    Junior Journal 43

    Hoiho (a yellow-eyed penguin) is being pursued by a seal, and in this dramatic poem, the writer urges Hoiho to move fast and escape. Neither creature can move as well on land as they can in the water, and the descriptive, dramatic language, with frequent repetition of similar sounds, conveys a vivid image of the desperate “Wibble wobble, flip flop” pursuit. This example of a native bird in danger provides a thematic link to “Catching Mustelids” in the same Journal. 

    Series: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Hoiho, yellow-eyed penguin, seal, poem, water, native bird, danger

    In: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Home for mokomoko.

    A New Home for Mokomoko

    by Vanessa Hatley-Owen

    Junior Journal 43

    When a class from Westmere School find out that mokomoko (skinks) are a protected species, they decide to build a mokomoko refuge. This recount describes the process and provides information about mokomoko and their survival needs. It provides opportunities for students to practise identifying and summarising main points, about both the process and mokomoko.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Westmere School, mokomoko, skinks, protected species, refuge, survival, protection, native wild life

    In: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • At the game.

    At the Game

    by Sharyn Jones

    Junior Journal 43

    Brady finds a wallet on his arrival at the stadium for a rugby game and is upset at the prospect of missing kick off when Dad insists on handing in the wallet right away. Luckily, their good deed is rewarded. The moral dilemma and author’s message in this text will promote rich discussion, and you may wish to read and discuss it over more than one session.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: stadium, rugby game, good deed, rewarded, moral dilemma

    In: Junior Journal 43, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following resources:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Missing  
    Ebony Beanie  
    Scaredy Crow  
    Poems Spider  
    Articles Shetland Pony Steeplechase  
    Shetland Ponies  

    Series: Junior Journal

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Missing

    Missing

    by Kylie Parry

    Junior Journal 42

    In this narrative, Liam’s pets have mysteriously disappeared. When Liam goes to play in his room, he discovers where they’ve gone and, in the process, learns an important lesson. This text requires students to make inferences on a number of levels – about what is happening in the text, the shift to an imaginary world, and the author’s purpose.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: pets, disappeared, lesson, fantasy

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Shetland steeplechase.

    Shetland Pony Steeplechase

    by Jane Buxton

    Junior Journal 42

    This recount, focusing on Steffi’s participation in a steeplechase, captures the excitement and pleasure of riders and spectators. It describes what a steeplechase is and how the riders prepare for the race, and it then gives an exciting account of the race itself. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

    Order this text

    Shetland ponies.

    Shetland Ponies

    Junior Journal 42

    This brief descriptive report provides information about Shetland ponies, where they come from, what they look like, how long they live, and what they were used for in the past and now. The clear structure supports students to find and summarise information and can be used as a model for students’ own report writing.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: steeplechase, race, recount, horse,

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Ebony beanie.

    Ebony Beanie

    by Nikki Slade Robinson

    Junior Journal 42

    In this series of humorous emails to her grandparents, Maia describes the antics of a Captain Cooker piglet that her teacher has brought to school. As well as making connections to their own experiences of raising pets or to texts about pets, students can use this text as a model for writing about personal experiences.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humour, emails, grandparents, piglet, raising pets, school

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Spider.

    Spider

    by Alan Bagnall

    Junior Journal 42

    This humorous, easy-to-read poem describes a child’s dilemma upon finding a spider in the bath. It’s likely to provoke a strong response from students as they make connections to their own experiences of spiders, but it also requires them to infer in order to fully understand the child’s problem.

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humorous, poem, spider,

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Scaredy crow.

    Scaredy Crow

    by Sheryl Gwyther

    Junior Journal 42

    In this narrative, told mainly through dialogue, Scaredy Crow is teased by the other crows because he is frightened of the scarecrow. Three mice come to his aid, and together, they devise a plan to trick the bully crows and teach them a lesson, but there is a surprising twist at the end of the tale.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Reader's theatre, crow, frightened, scarecrow, mice, bully

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Missing

    Missing

    by Kylie Parry

    Junior Journal 42

    In this narrative, Liam’s pets have mysteriously disappeared. When Liam goes to play in his room, he discovers where they’ve gone and, in the process, learns an important lesson. This text requires students to make inferences on a number of levels – about what is happening in the text, the shift to an imaginary world, and the author’s purpose.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: pets, disappeared, lesson, fantasy

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

    Order this text

  • Shetland steeplechase.

    Shetland Pony Steeplechase

    by Jane Buxton

    Junior Journal 42

    This recount, focusing on Steffi’s participation in a steeplechase, captures the excitement and pleasure of riders and spectators. It describes what a steeplechase is and how the riders prepare for the race, and it then gives an exciting account of the race itself. 

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

    Order this text

  • Shetland ponies.

    Shetland Ponies

    Junior Journal 42

    This brief descriptive report provides information about Shetland ponies, where they come from, what they look like, how long they live, and what they were used for in the past and now. The clear structure supports students to find and summarise information and can be used as a model for students’ own report writing.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: steeplechase, race, recount, horse,

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

    Order this text

  • Ebony beanie.

    Ebony Beanie

    by Nikki Slade Robinson

    Junior Journal 42

    In this series of humorous emails to her grandparents, Maia describes the antics of a Captain Cooker piglet that her teacher has brought to school. As well as making connections to their own experiences of raising pets or to texts about pets, students can use this text as a model for writing about personal experiences.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humour, emails, grandparents, piglet, raising pets, school

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

    Order this text

  • Spider.

    Spider

    by Alan Bagnall

    Junior Journal 42

    This humorous, easy-to-read poem describes a child’s dilemma upon finding a spider in the bath. It’s likely to provoke a strong response from students as they make connections to their own experiences of spiders, but it also requires them to infer in order to fully understand the child’s problem.

    Series: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: humorous, poem, spider,

    In: Junior Journal 42, Level 2, 2011

    Publication date: January 2011

    Order this text