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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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  • Boy on a bike.

    Boy on a Bike

    by Bronwen Wall

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    “Boy on a Bike” is an article that celebrates the determination, focus, and commitment of a boy who sets himself a huge goal: to ride a bike the length of the North Island. The text will be engaging and enjoyable for most students, and it can be used as a spin-off for a variety of practical research projects. The many graphic features provide strong support and keep up the interest as we learn about Mac’s reasons for the ride, his preparation, and his dad’s support.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bicycles, bikes, challenge, fitness, fundraising, geography, journey, maps, North Island, sports, training

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Bright fine gold.

    Bright Fine Gold

    by Mark Derby

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    Miners from all over the world flocked to Otago in the 1860s.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Bok choy.

    Bok Choy

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Ant Sang

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    “He glared at the figure of Ah Sum moving slowly down the street …”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration, prejudice, racial discrimination

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • The red ball.

    The Red Ball

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrations by Aki Fukuoka

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    “The Red Ball” is a contemporary story, with elements of fairy tales and cautionary stories. Students will enjoy reading about a fairy who helps to get rid of a girl’s high-achieving sister. As with many traditional tales, “The Red Ball” incorporates a problem with a test and a dilemma for the main character. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fairy tales, jealousy, magical powers, other worlds, parody, siblings, sisters, spells, twins

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Grandparents day.

    Grandparents’ Day

    by Adrienne Frater

    illustrations by Kat Chadwick

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    For Isla’s grandparents, the long trip from Nelson is only the beginning.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: family, grandparents, humour, school

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Tautai.

    Tautai

    by Sisilia Eteuati

    illustrations by Mose Eteuati

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    This contemporary story is about a boy and his love of planes, but students will also read about the importance of his name and how a chance meeting helped him gain confidence. Samoan students will identify with Lagi, and all students will enjoy his enthusiasm and excitement as he sets off on his first trip to Sāmoa.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: aeroplanes, family, flying, friendship, identity, Pasifika, relationships, Sāmoa

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Following gold.

    Following Gold

    by Chris Tse

    illustration by Thaw Naing

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: January 2015

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  • School journal may 2015.

    School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) for the following:

        TSM
    Stories Mata i Pusi  
    The Promise  
    Badge of Honour  
    Fever
    Poems ‘Afakasi Chameleon
    Articles Underground Explorers  
    Hakaraia: Warrior Peacemaker   

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Look inside this issue

    Underground explorers

    Underground Explorers

    article by Stephanie Chamberlin

    photographs by Neil Silverwood

    SJ L4 cover image May 2015.

    “To most of us, the caving trips of Marcus Thomas sound like crazy endurance tests.”

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: alpine caving, Bulmer Cavern, caving, conservation, environment, explorers, geology, Kahurangi National Park, limestone, Mount Owen, personal challenge, underground rivers, waterways

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Hakaraia warrior peacemaker.

    Hakaraia: Warrior Peacemaker

    by Mark Derby

    SJ L4 cover image May 2015.

    The life of an important Māori leader is remembered.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Gate Pā, Hakaraia, history, Kīngitanga, Māori king, missionaries, musket wars, prophets, Pukehinahina, Te Kooti, Waitaha

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Mata i pusi.

    Mata i Pusi

    SJ L4 cover image May 2015.

    by Sisilia Eteuati 

    illustrations by Leilani Isara

    “I was all mixed up like a fruit salad …”

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: cats, family, identity, Pasifika, Sāmoa, supernatural

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    The promise.

    The Promise

    SJ L4 cover image May 2015.

    by Bernard Beckett

    illustrations by Tom Simpson

    Five kids in a bunker have a crucial decision to make.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: apocalypse, courage, friendship, future, leadership, post-apocalypse, promises, relationships, science fiction

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Badge of honour.

    Badge of Honour

    SJ L4 cover image May 2015.

    by Sarah Penwarden

    illustrations by Vaughan Flanagan

    Isaac’s thrilled to be made school captain; his friend Tomasi isn’t so sure.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, fighting, friendship, leadership, responsibility, school

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Fever.

    Fever

    SJ L4 cover image May 2015.

     by Renata Hopkins

    illustrations by Gus Hunter

    She had been waiting so long – and now Carly has come.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fear, ghosts, ghost stories, illness, school, school camp

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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    Afakasi chameleon.

    ‘Afakasi Chameleon

    SJ L4 cover image May 2015.

    by Selina Tusitala Marsh

    illustration by Rachel Walker

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: ancestry, culture, family, heritage, identity, immigration, mixed-race, nationality, Pasifika, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Underground explorers

    Underground Explorers

    article by Stephanie Chamberlin

    photographs by Neil Silverwood

    SJ L4 cover image May 2015.

    “To most of us, the caving trips of Marcus Thomas sound like crazy endurance tests.”

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: alpine caving, Bulmer Cavern, caving, conservation, environment, explorers, geology, Kahurangi National Park, limestone, Mount Owen, personal challenge, underground rivers, waterways

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Hakaraia warrior peacemaker.

    Hakaraia: Warrior Peacemaker

    by Mark Derby

    SJ L4 cover image May 2015.

    The life of an important Māori leader is remembered.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Gate Pā, Hakaraia, history, Kīngitanga, Māori king, missionaries, musket wars, prophets, Pukehinahina, Te Kooti, Waitaha

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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