Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
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by Teremoana Hodges
In this well-illustrated article, we learn about the origins, meanings, and construction of tīvaevae, the beautiful hand-sewn Cook Islands Māori bedspreads. The text provides opportunities for students to be exposed to and engage with the positive values that are associated with the concept of akano‘anga Kūki‘Āirani (Cook Islands culture). These are highlighted through the description of the time, hard work, and skill involved in making tīvaevae and the beauty of the finished product.
The Parapara Detectives
by Fiona Terry
Two friends are puzzled when they find dead and injured fantails in a local reserve. The article follows their detective work as they try to find out what is causing the deaths of the small birds. Using information from a plant expert, the Internet, and the SPCA’s bird rescue centre, they learn how the parapara tree uses sticky glue to spread its seeds – and kill birds.
The Hungry Wave
by Lani Wendt Young
This narrative is based on factual accounts from survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Tonga and Sāmoa in 2009. Readers follow Ana and her brother as they are caught up in the tsunami.
The Problem with Pluto
by David Hill
This article recounts how Pluto was discovered and named as a planet in 1930 but in 2006 had its status as a planet removed. It conveys information in a conversational tone to engage its readers. They will learn about the planets, asteroids, and stars as well as about the people involved in discovering Pluto and those who downgraded its status.
The Butterfly Effect
by Stephanie Matuku
Henry and Emily’s parents are going away for the weekend, and the dreaded neighbour, Mrs Anderson, is coming to look after them. In this humorous fantasy story, Henry and Emily find she is just as awful as they feared, but they come up with a plan to get rid of her for good.