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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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  • Wind chimes cover image.

    Wind Chimes

    School journal level 4 november 2017 cover image.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Mat Tait

    “Wind Chimes” continues the dystopian theme of “Hushed”. The protagonists, Tre and Muse, are on the run. They have escaped the city and the mindless activity enforced by the Examiners. There are clues to the oppression they are escaping, and there is a flashback to explain how Tre’s parents were taken, which provides a strong image of the way the regime controls the population.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: apocalypse, authoritarianism, brainwashing, escape, fantasy, fascism, freedom, future, futuristic fiction, identity, individuality, rebellion, science fiction, serial, society, speculative fiction

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Dive cover page

    Dive

    by Gina Cole

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Shelly is forced to brave sea snake infested waters when she drops her phone in the river. As it is Shelly's only way of contacting her Dad back in New Zealand, she has no other option.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, courage, childhood, divorce, family, fear, Fiji, managing self, memories, parents, relating to others

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist cover page

    Ben Hawke, Mosgiel's Meteorologist

    by Claire Finlayson

    When thirteen-year-old Ben Hawke says things like “precipitation” and “atmospheric pressure”, his friends groan and say, “Speak English!” Ben uses technical weather terms a lot. He finds them useful, which isn’t surprising given he writes his own weather forecasts. He even has a column in the Otago Daily Times. You could say Ben’s something of a meteorological star.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: atmospheric pressure, climate, climate change, forecasts, hobbies, meteorologists, meteorology, MetService, microclimate, Mosgiel, prediction, rainfall, temperature, weather, weather maps

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Kāhuipani cover page

    Kāhuipani

    by Anahera Gildea

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Based on a true story, Kāhuipani details the journey of two children to the Tuakau bridge to find Te Puea, a young woman who cared for more than 100 orphans during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, courage, influenza epidemic, Mangatāwhiri, Māori, New Zealand history, Ngāruawāhia, orphans, siblings, survival, Te Puea Hērangi, te reo Māori, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Fence and flowers.

    Welcome to Lullo Marnoo

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Victor Rodger

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    "When I tell people, especially Pālagi people, that my father is from Sāmoa, they usually ask, “Do you go back?” Weird, right? It’s not like I was born in Sāmoa. I was born here, in Christchurch. Aranui, to be exact. One of those suburbs the quake messed up. If I went to Sāmoa, I wouldn’t be going back – I’d just be going. But I don’t try to explain any of this. It can get complicated."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, change, culture, family, grandparents, home, identity, Lalomanu, Pacific, responsibility, Sāmoa, separation, single-parent families

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Boy fishing on a wharf with a soldier.

    The Sea Devil

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

    "Just beyond the long arm of the wharf, the camp’s launch, Pearl, tugged at its mooring. The thought of a big fish jagging on his line quickened James’s pace, and it wasn’t until he was on the wharf that he saw he was not alone. A dark figure leant against one of the piles – it was one of the Germans, staring at the boat."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: adventure story, escape, Felix von Luckner, First World War, history, internment, Motuihe Island, prisoners of war, Sea Devil, World War 1

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Photograph of people in the polynesian panthers.

    Rise Up: The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Pauline Vaeluaga Smith

    The article “Rise Up: The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers” recounts the story of the dawn raids that took place in Aotearoa in the 1970s. Under instruction from the government of the day, police and immigration officials invaded the homes of Polynesian people in the early hours of the morning, demanding evidence that they were lawfully living in Aotearoa.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: 1970s, activists, change, citizenship, civil rights, dawn raids, deportation, education, immigration, New Zealand history, Operation Pot Black, overstayers, Pacific, police, Polynesian Panthers, politics, power, protest, racism, social action

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Resistance: When Antibiotics Don’t Work.

    Resistance: When Antibiotics Don’t Work

    by Matt Boucher

    Illustrations by Ned Wenlock

    How do antibiotics work? What will happen if they don’t?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Alexander Fleming, antibiotics, bacteria, bugs, colds, disease, epidemic, flu, health, infection, infectious diseases, influenza, medicine, microbiologists, penicillin, resistance, sickness, stomach bugs, vaccination, viruses

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Four of a Kind.

    Four of a Kind

    by Steph Matuku

    Illustrations by Daron Parton

    Based on a true story. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: commitment, dialogue, equality, gender, humour, loyalty, netball, school, sport, stereotypes, surprises, teams, teamwork

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • The Name Game.

    The Name Game

    by Victor Rodger

    Illustrations by Freddy Pearson

    Who ever thought a simple game could be so challenging?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: culture, dialogue, diversity, drama, games, humour, inclusion, names, Pacific, plays, pronunciation, respect, school, screenplay, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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