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  • The journey cover.

    The Journey

    Sj level 3 cover image sept2011.

    as told to Kiwa Hammond by Tumanako Taurima 

    Young Wilfred can be a rebellious godwit, but news that his family will soon embark on “the Journey” takes the wind out of his wings. After his family explain what “the Journey” is – their annual migration from Alaska to New Zealand – and a godwit elder recounts his heroic journey, Wilfred reassesses his attitude. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 3 September 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: rebellious, godwit, journey, bird, migration, Alaska, New Zealand, heroic journey

    In: School Journal, Level 3 September 2011

    Publication date: September 2011

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  • Six photos cover.

    Six Photos

    Sj aug 2016 cover image.

    This is an article that gives readers a “peek into history”. It makes a link between what we know about taking photos and what we can find out from photos that show different times and places.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: New Zealand history, Parihaka, photographers, photography, portraits, technology, visual analysis

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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  • Ngā tātarakihi o parihaka cover.

    Ngā Tātarakihi o Parihaka

    This story, set at Parihaka just prior to the government raid in 1881, is told from the perspective of a young girl who was living there. The author’s great-grandmother was living at Parihaka at that time, and the story is partially based on oral history.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cicadas, New Zealand history, New Zealand Wars, Ngā Tātarakihi, Parihaka, passive resistance, Taranaki, Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, Tohu Kākahi

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • Four students jumping.

    Home: Stories from New New Zealanders

    by Kate Paris

    photographs by Stacey Simpkin

    Home: Stories from New New Zealanders tells the stories of four Avondale Intermediate students who moved to New Zealand from overseas. Interviewed by their teacher, Kate Paris, the students share memories of what life was like in the countries where they were born (South Africa, Sāmoa, Pakistan, and Kenya), and they discuss what it’s been like adjusting to life in New Zealand. The article explores the issues in a simple and accessible way, incorporating clear narration with students’ quotes and striking photography.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • My name is rez cover image.

    My Name is Rez

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    written and illustrated by Toby Morris

    Rez Gardi was born in a Kurdish refugee camp in Pakistan and came to New Zealand as a young child, with her family. This graphic text is a memoir, looking back on her life so far. She is now a successful lawyer, a worker for refugees, and was the 2017 Young New Zealander of the year.

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    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bullying, change, comic, culture, difference, graphic text, immigrants, Iraq, Kurdistan, Kurds, migration, Pakistan, refugee camps, refugees, resettlement, Rez Gardi, school, teasing, Turkey, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • The Art of Aute.

    The Art of Aute

    by Matahana Tikao Calman

    Little is known about the history of cloth-making in Aotearoa. This article is a useful introduction to a tradition that’s found across the Pacific. Nikau Hindin has led the way with its recent revival in New Zealand – both learning a cloth-making practice that’s been around for centuries, then using this cloth for her art.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestors, art, aute, culture, navigation, Nikau Hardin, Papatūānuku, paper mulberry, patu aute, stars, sustainability, tapa cloth, tradition, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • Something Alive cover page

    Something Alive

    written and illustrated by Jem Yoshioka

    Jem Yoshioka was born and bred in New Zealand to New Zealand-born parents, so technically she only belongs to one place. But her Japanese ancestry is a living part of her. This graphic novel, written and drawn by Jem, explores a struggle we are all familiar with: that of seeking to understand who we are and where we belong. Rich in both written and visual imagery, this text invites multiple readings. 

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    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: art, Basho, belonging, comic, culture, family, fitting in, genes, grandparents, graphic novel, haiku, heritage, identity, Japan, Japanese, managing self, mixed-race, parents, racism, symbolism

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Book cover.

    Fallen Leaves

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Paul Mason

    This historical fiction, set in 1845, is told from the point of view of a young Māori protaganist. Haora works in the printery at Kororāreka at the time when war was building between Ngāpuhi chief Hone Heke (Hone Wiremu Heke Pōkai) and the British troops.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: historical fiction, Hone Heke Pōkai, Kororāreka, New Zealand history, New Zealand Wars, Pompallier mission, Roman Catholic church, station, printing, race relations

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • Book cover.

    Te Kura Tuatahi: New Zealand’s First School

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Ross Calman

    Two hundred years ago, our first school opened at Rangihoua.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Christianity, colonisation, education, first school, Hongi Hika, missionaries, New Zealand history, Rangihoua, Ruatara, Samuel Marsden, school, te kura tuatahi, Te Pahi, te reo Māori, Thomas Kendall, values

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • Davy lowston cover.

    My Name Is Davy Lowston

    Sj l2 may 2016 cover.

    by Alan Bagnall

    illustrations by Spike Wademan 

    This text is a fictionalised recount. Davy Lowston was among a group of sealers set down on the Open Bay Islands (off the west coast of the South Island) in 1810. The ship that was to pick them up sank in a storm, and the men were marooned for four years. Their story is the basis of one of the earliest folk songs in New Zealand.

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    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: castaways, folk songs, New Zealand history, sealers, seals, shipwrecked, survival, whalers

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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