Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
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Shetland Pony Steeplechase
by Jane Buxton
This recount, focusing on Steffi’s participation in a steeplechase, captures the excitement and pleasure of riders and spectators. It describes what a steeplechase is and how the riders prepare for the race, and it then gives an exciting account of the race itself.
by Nikki Slade Robinson
In this series of humorous emails to her grandparents, Maia describes the antics of a Captain Cooker piglet that her teacher has brought to school. As well as making connections to their own experiences of raising pets or to texts about pets, students can use this text as a model for writing about personal experiences.
by Sheryl Gwyther
In this narrative, told mainly through dialogue, Scaredy Crow is teased by the other crows because he is frightened of the scarecrow. Three mice come to his aid, and together, they devise a plan to trick the bully crows and teach them a lesson, but there is a surprising twist at the end of the tale.
by Alan Bagnall
illustrations by Philip Webb
Pipiana and her brother pretend to be pirates when their uncle takes them out fishing. But when the boat breaks down, they have to quickly become mechanics. The theme of water safety underlies this otherwise light-hearted text. The humour at the end could elude some students if they can’t follow the shift from pirate story to mechanic story and back again.
Fronting the Show
by Liz Oakes
Daniel has a special job – fronting a programme about zebras. In this first-person recount, he explains what he has to do and how he feels as a result. The event takes place in a zoo, but the focus of the text is on the filming process.
The Pet Day Problem
by Kylie Parry
illustrations by Sarah Anderson
The school Pet Day is meant to be fun – but Josh doesn’t have a pet. In this story, he uses creative and critical thinking to solve his problem, constructing a worm farm as his contribution.
by Alan Bagnall
illustrations by Andrew Burdan
“Thump! Blop! Gurgle! Gulp!” There’s a taniwha in the classroom water heater – or so Noah thinks. This dramatic short story includes various clues that place his belief in doubt. Students will enjoy reading and rereading this text to look for clues to help them form their own opinion.
Our Recycled Worm Farm
article and photographs by Mike Tapp
A group of schoolchildren need a bigger worm farm to house their growing worm population. They decide to make one from a discarded washing machine. One of the students recounts the procedure and resources they use to meet their goal.
by Philippa Werry
illustrations by Scott Kennedy
Tiana and Luka don’t know what to do for their birthdays. A party shop looks promising – but then some misbehaving dogs come and mess things up. The children have to come up with an innovative solution to save their (and the shopkeeper’s) day.