Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
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by Katie Furze
Walter is a cat who catches mice at the factory next door to his home. He has friends at the factory who, like his family, are very fond of him. When he doesn’t come home for his dinner, the family is worried and checks with the factory workers. Where can Walter be? The story shifts back in time to show the reader that Walter has been accidentally trapped in a shipping container. He arrives in Australia many days later and, thanks to a kindly quarantine officer, he is returned to his family. A page at the end of the story includes a map, a photo, and some information about the real cat that “The Stowaway” is based on.
This short, dramatic poem is in te reo Māori with an accompanying English interpretation. It describes the sights and sounds of lightning as Tāwhirimātea performs a haka. Tāwhirimātea is one of the children of Ranginui and Papatūānuku. He didn’t want his parents to separate. When his brothers separated his parents to let light into the world, Tāwhirimātea caused violent storms. He is the Atua of the winds, clouds, rain, hail, snow, and storms. “Atua” refers to ancestors who have a continued influence on people’s lives.
by Katie Furze
The tākapu is also called the Australasian gannet. In this article, the author explains why she thinks the tākapu is an amazing bird. The text contains specialised vocabulary and some unfamiliar concepts, which are well-supported by the context, photographs, and maps.
by Kate Boyle
This article explores different aspects of this New Zealand tree, including a description of its preferred habitat, the special features that help it survive, the creatures that live in or on it, and the significance it has for Māori. Students also learn that pōhutukawa are in danger from people and from possums – these trees need help to survive.
Where's My Gumboot?
by Kylie Parry
In this humorous narrative, Dad has lost one of his gumboots and has to wear one of Mum’s boots to work. When he eventually finds the missing gumboot, Dad discovers a new owner – a mother hedgehog with her babies. The story uses rich descriptive language and dialogue to convey the frustration felt by Dad and the humour others find in the situation.
That's the Idea
by Alan Bagnall
Shannon’s dad is very shy. When the family moves, he is happy to work around the house. Inspired by the garden project at Shannon’s school and a section that needs clearing, Dad finds friends and a way to belong in his community. He even finds a new job. This story has themes of sharing and belonging.
by Trish Puharich
“Making Paper” describes how a class turned waste paper into an interesting, new kind of paper. This example of a procedural text includes explanations and is well supported with photos. It requires students to “confidently use a range of processing and comprehension strategies to make meaning from and think critically about” text (from The Literacy Learning Progressions, page 14).
by Judy Raymond
This dramatic poem uses personification to vividly convey sights and sounds of a thunderstorm. It shows the narrator, in a house, taking part in a two-way communication with the thunder, which is overhead.