Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
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77 items - Showing 21 - 30
Making a Road
by Andrew Gunn
“Making a Road” describes the process of constructing a road, from the planning through to sealing and road marking. This information text is well supported by clear subheadings and other visual language features such as labelled photographs and diagrams.
by Feana Tu‘akoi
illustrations by Fraser Williamson
This humorous play, set in a Pasifika market, has a message about financial literacy – we need to think carefully about how we spend money. When Dad takes Kele and his older sister Vika to the market, Kele quickly spends his money and then sees something else he really wants but now can’t afford. Vika offers to buy it for him if he pays her back, but Dad points out that there might be more to this deal than Kele realises.
Our Gifted Garden
by Bernadette Wilson
This article recounts how students from Raumati South School, an Enviroschool, entered an environmentally sustainable garden in the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch and won two prizes! As well as capturing the effort and excitement of the project, the article describes the planning process and how the students applied their developing knowledge about caring for the environment to the design of the garden.
by Diana Noonan
illustrations by Donovan Bixley
In this humorous narrative, Dad takes the family to Mr Rose’s farm for a quiet and peaceful camping holiday but gets a nasty shock when some noisy tūī arrive. A text box at the end of the story provides information about how tūī mimic sounds, and the journal also includes a poem about tūī.
Always Great, Never Late!
by Bill Nagelkerke
illustrations by Kat Chadwick
The boy in this humorous narrative is ready for school but fears he’s going to be late (again) because Mum is not ready for work. The boy, who is also the narrator, drops intriguing hints about what Mum does for a living. Readers have many opportunities to identify clues and speculate about Mum and her work and to enjoy the irony in the contrast between her motto (“Always great, never late”) and her actions. This narrative also includes snappy dialogue, jokes, and plays on words.
by Tricia Glensor
illustrations by Scott Pearson
Mum and Jake can’t go to the supermarket because Mum’s car won’t start. When the tow truck arrives, Jake takes a keen interest in everything the tow- truck driver does. Jake’s interest in the technology becomes the focus of the story, with a detailed description of the process of winching the car onto the tow truck woven into the narrative. The story concludes with a diagram that Jake has drawn.
Torty, the Lucky Tortoise
by David Chadwick
illustrations by Scott Pearson
The adventures of Torty, the tortoise started in Greece during the First World War when she was rescued by Stewart, a New Zealand stretcher-bearer. Stewart took Torty back home to New Zealand at the end of the war and looked after her until he died. Torty is still alive and is cared for by Stewart’s family. This true story is told through a variety of text forms including two pages of graphic layout.
by Marama Rangiaho-Katipa
This is a recount of a visit to the exhibition of Kahu Ora (living cloaks) at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand. In the exhibition, there is one korowai that has a special significance to Marama, the author. She learns about how korowai are made and how a special korowai reveals a story from her iwi.
by Sharyn Jones
This article is about the Port of Tauranga and is told by a boy whose father works there. It contains a general description of what a port is and has specific information about the kinds of ships, and their cargo, that visit Tauranga. There is also a brief overview of the grounding of the Rena.
by Giselle Fortune
Jack finds himself in a dilemma when his friend Luke encourages him to take some juice from an opened box of cartons at school. This story gives insight into Jack’s thinking and his feelings – in particular, his feelings about his own behaviour and why the other children don’t seem worried about what they have done. The text explores concepts
of honesty, bravery, and self-awareness and is well worth revisiting over more than one reading session.