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  • Mascots cover.

    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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  • Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape.

    Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape

    by Philip Cleaver

    Porokoru Patapu (Johnny) Pohe was a daring and gifted pilot who flew bomber aircraft in the Second World War. In 1943, after twenty-two successful missions, his aircraft was shot down and he was captured. Johnny was taken to Stalag Luft III, a prison camp deep in Nazi Germany. This article tells the story of an ambitious prison escape that ended tragically for Johnny and for many others. It includes information about Māori involvement in the Second World War and about the devastating impact of bombing civilians in Germany.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Fly” SJ L4 May 2019 | “Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Pioneer Māori Battalion” SJ L3 June 2014 | “Lest We Forget” SJ L4 June 2014 | “King and Country” SJ L4 June 2014 | “The Desert Kaupoi” SJSL L4 2014

    Topics: bombers, bombing, courage, escape, flying, history, Hitler, ingenuity, internment, Johnny Pohe, Māori, Māori Battalion, pilots, prison camps, prisoners of war, RNZAF, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Second World War, Stalag Lu¡ III, the Great Escape, tunnelling, war crimes, World War II

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Windfall cover.

    Windfall

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Leilani Isara

    Anna’s father has come home from the war – or has he?

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: First World War, shell shock, storm, rescue, overcoming adversity, father/daughter relationships

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • King and country cover.

    King and Country

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    This fictionalised story is based on the controversial issue of Māori fighting for the British Empire during the First World War. Students will need some knowledge about the history of our race relations and, in particular, the colonisation of Aotearoa by the British. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, Māori soldiers, marae, Māori language, Pākehā/Māori relations, rugby, Māori conscription

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Student reading a book.

    Finding George

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Henrietta Bollinger

    In this powerful and moving article, Henrietta Bollinger tells the story of her great-great-uncle George, a soldier in the First World War. Most students will have learnt something about the First World War, and many will know something of their own family stories.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bravery, courage, family history, family stories, fear, Gallipoli, George Bollinger, German ancestry, New Zealand history, Ōmatā, prejudice, private detectives, racism, soldiers, Taranaki, the Western Front, war, World War One

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Book cover.

    The Polish Refugee Children

    School Journal L2 Nov 2016 cover image

    by Ali MacKisack

    This true story of Adelphi Zawada’s grandparents will be engaging for students in year 4, although it is complex and presents some interesting challenges. Adelphi tells how her grandparents, as children, along with over a million other Polish people, were sent to work camps in Russia following the invasion of their country by the USSR during the Second World War.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, citizenship, community, conflict, culture, family, grandparents, heritage, immigration, Iran, loss, Pahiatua, Persia, Poland, Polish Children’s Camp, refugees, Second World War, separation, survival, traditions, USSR, World War Two

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • Underground soldiers cover.

    Underground Soldiers

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by Ashleigh Young

    In a straightforward report (supported with period photographs, a map, and a detailed diagram), this article shows the huge risks that were taken by New Zealand tunnellers during the First World War. The job of the tunnellers was to attack German positions from underground and so reduce the risks to Allied soldiers in no-man’s land. The tunnels also provided areas where wounded soldiers could be treated. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, tunnels, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, Arras tunnels, non- fiction, history, geophones, Battle of Arras, underground soldiers

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2015

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  • Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918 cover image

    Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918

    by Renata Hopkins

    Most students are aware of New Zealand’s participation in the First World War, but few will know of the flu pandemic that swept across the world in its aftermath. In New Zealand, the epidemic took over nine thousand lives in under two months – an appalling number, especially if compared with the eighteen thousand soldiers whose lives were lost to the war. This article conveys the horror of the event while imparting factual information about how the virus spread and how the government and communities tried to deal with it.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: 1918, Black November, change, flu, health, influenza epidemic, New Zealand history, pandemics, public health, survival, the First World War, viral mutations, viruses

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • The desert kaupoi cover.

    The Desert Kaupoi

    by Ariana Tikao

    This is the true story of her Uncle Tony’s exploits in the Māori Battalion during the Second World War. This story of his war experiences gives a fascinating insight into the kind of person her uncle was, the qualities that led to him being awarded the Military Cross, and the life of a soldier in the Second World War. The story is told as a recount, using excerpts from his diary and historical photographs. It also includes a brief description of the players and events in the Second World War. Rich illustrations depict life in the desert and some dramatic moments on the battlefield.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2014

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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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