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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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  • Cats cover.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: cats, kittens, pets, SPCA, predator management, animal welfare, pest eradication, wildlife protection

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Mascots

    School Journal L2 June 2014.

    by Jenny Bornholdt

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: First World War, mascots, rugby, Waikato, Whanganui, Masterton, dogs, poetry, poem, animals

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Kuri cover.

    Kurī

    by Priscilla Wehi

    illustrations by Spike Wademan

    SJ L2 cover image Oct 2015

    Māori brought the kurī or Polynesian dog with them when they migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand. This article looks at what we know about kurī, their origins, what they were used for, and why they died out. It incorporates traditional stories about the explorers Tāneatua and Īhenga and explains the importance of kurī to early Māori society. “Kurī” is a fascinating but challenging article at this year level, and you may wish to approach it in sections.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cloaks, dogs, environment, explorers, Īhenga, kahukurī, kurī, middens, migration, Polynesian dogs, Tāneatua, traditional Māori society, Te Urewera

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Starting with strings cover.

    Starting with Strings

    SJ L2 cover image Aug 15

    by Georgina Barnes

    photographs by Adrian Heke

    “Starting with Strings” is about Sistema Aotearoa, a children’s orchestra based in Otara. The article explains how children join the orchestra, what’s involved in learning to play an instrument, and what it means to be part of the orchestra. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: instruments, music, orchestra, Sistema

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    The Old Trunk

    SJ L2 cover image Aug 15

    by Gregory O’Brien

    The old trunk of the title is filled with Jill McDonald’s illustrations. The article explains how the illustrations ended up in the trunk and describes why Jill is one of New Zealand’s most well-known and successful children’s illustrators.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, illustrators, Jill McDonald, School Journal

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Tū cover.

    SJ L2 cover image Aug 15

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Bridget Monro

    “That dog has to go!” said Mum when I got home after school. 

    “What’s Tū done now?”, 

    “My vegie patch,” Mum moaned. “All my hard work …”

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: humour, pets, te reo Māori, training animals

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    Best Mates

    SJ L2 cover image Aug 15

    by Paora Tibble

    illustrations by Scott Pearson

    This poignant story, told with subtle humour, is about Mana coming to terms with the fact that his best mate is leaving town. At the same time, he has to deal with the news of the imminent arrival of a baby brother or sister. “Best Mates” is a sequel to “Iron Tamariki” (SJ L2 June 2014). Students who have read the earlier story will enjoy meeting Mana and members of his whānau again.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: family, friendship, humour, loss, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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  • Meeting katherine mansfield cover.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: art, Katherine Mansfield, poetry, Te Papa

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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    Ask Eddie

    Level 2 cover image apr2013.

    by André Ngāpō 

    What does it mean to be Māori? In this first-person narrative, Eddie’s classmates expect him to be familiar with a pōwhiri because he is Māori. But that’s not how Eddie feels, and an upcoming visit to a local kura fills him with anxiety. The support of a sensitive teacher, an encouraging mother, and a wise kaumatua enable Eddie to express his culture in a beautiful painting. When his class visits the kura, he takes his place on the paepae with pride. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “Heartbeats in the Dark” SJ 2.4.05 | “The Tapu Tree” SJ 3.2.09

    In: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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    The Bat That Walks on the Ground

    Level 2 cover image apr2013.

    by Marlene Bennetts

    Who knew that a bat could scuttle across on the ground like a mouse? This short article explains that, like the kiwi, bats didn’t need to escape predators before people arrived in New Zealand. The lesser short-tailed bats are able to fly, but they are in danger because of their reduced habitat and the introduction of predators. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “The Bat Detective” Connected 1 2002 | “Bat Maths” Connected 1 2002

    Topics: conservation, living things, science, bats

    In: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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