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  • Across the Sea.

    Across the Sea

    by Hone Rata

    Ihaka’s first journey across the sea. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, climate change, environment, fantasy, future, generations, journey, kaiwhakatere, navigation, post-apocalyptic, resources, responsibility, sailing, science fiction, tangata whenua, tīpuna, trade, tūrangawaewae, waka, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Chinese New Zealanders.

    Chinese New Zealanders

    by Helene Wong

    "Chinese New Zealanders" provides an overview of migration to Aotearoa New Zealand from the 1860s until the present day. The article outlines push-and-pull factors that contributed to various waves of migration, how Pākehā New Zealanders responded to these waves, and adaptations made by Chinese migrants as they adjusted to their new home.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: aliens, ancestry, attitudes, change, China, Chinatown, Chinese, citizens, citizenship, community, cultural identity, cultural interaction, discrimination, diversity, ethnic groups, family, gold rush, immigration, integration, migrants, New Zealanders, Otago, poll tax, poverty, racism, Richard Seddon, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • The Game.

    The Game

    Screenplay by Cassandra Tse, illustrations by Toby Morris

    An argument about which TV show to watch quickly turns into something else.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: 1981 tour, activist, All Black, apartheid, attitudes, boycott, challenges, change, choice, conflict, diversity, HART, history, law and order, laws, Nelson Mandela, opinion, police, politics, protest, racism, rugby, screenplay, South Africa, sport, Springboks, values

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • The Musician.

    The Musician

    by Sarah Penwarden, illustrations by Elliemay Logan

    This family story captures the experience of forming a new relationship and how circumstances that are outside our control can end relationships. Equally, it’s about how families change – and especially about young people becoming aware of their parents as people with separate lives and with their own needs.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: acceptance, change, family, loss, new partner, parent, relationships, separation, siblings

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • The Winning Side.

    The Winning Side

    by Sarah Johnson, illustrations by Craig Phillips

    This story references general elections, in the context of an election to a school council. “The Winning Side” introduces a few big ideas: the need for a platform, the importance of giving everyone a voice, and why we vote.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: agendas, campaign, candidate, change, courage, decision, democracy, election, friendship, loyalty, politics, representation, school, speaking up, speeches, voting

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Muse.

    Muse

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Mat Tait

    This is the third instalment in this series, which is set in a dystopian future. Although it follows on from “Hushed” and “Wind Chimes”, the story can stand alone.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: betrayal, change, courage, dystopian, escape, family, fascism, friendship, future, “Hushedʼ, Muse, Paul Mason, sequel, serial, survival, Tre, “Wind Chimes”

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Rongoā for the Land.

    Rongoā for the Land

    by Mere Whaanga

    Restoring the whenua on the Māhia Peninsula

    Taipōrutu is a sheep and cattle farm on the Māhia Peninsula. The land has been in the same whānau for twenty generations. It was once covered in native bush: tī kōuka, mānuka, rewarewa, tītoki, kahikatea, nīkau, and kawakawa. These species ensured the health of the land and the health of its people – but then they were cleared for farming. A few years ago, the family who owns Taipōrutu came up with a plan to restore their whenua. They called the plan Ahikāroa.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, change, environment, healing, history, indigenous medicine, kaitiakitanga, land, Mahia Peninsula, mana whenua, medicine, native species, rongoā, tradition, wellbeing, whanau, whenua

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Aunties

    Aunties

    by Maria Samuela

    illustrations by Leilani Isara

    Maria Samuela’s affecting story chronicles the week leading up to the narrator’s mother’s funeral, with all its sadness and confusion and overwhelming sense of loss. The story’s one light is the presence of the narrator’s extended family – and the sense that her many aunties will continue to be there in the future, providing the kind of support and love that usually comes from a mother. The text includes references to a girl’s first period.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: aunty, change, changing body, Cook Island, culture, death, family, funeral, grief, loss, menstruation, Pacific, period, puberty, Ngutu‘are tangata, resilience, support, wellbeing, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Like, Share, Subscribe

    Like, Share, Subscribe

    by Cassandra Tse

    illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This humorous play is a take on a familiar scenario: thoughtless online behaviour and our sometimes unhealthy relationships with screens. Although grossly exaggerated, Cassandra Tse’s point is still relevant, cleverly side-stepping the usual sides by portraying the adults getting it wrong and the kids getting it right.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: blogs, boundaries, digital technology, family, humour, Instagram, privacy, role reversal, screen time, social media, technology, wellbeing, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Reducing Our Footprint.

    Reducing our Footprint

    by Sarah Connor

    This is the final article in a series that explores climate change. The first explains what it is; the second explores the difficulties in making predictions about it; and this, the third, looks at the ways people have responded to the challenge of climate change. It profiles four different organisations or people: an e-bike company, food recyclers, a scientist who’s developed an app for the agricultural sector, and a hemp farmer.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: agriculture, carbon dioxide, carbon emissions, carbon footprint, change, citizenship, climate action, climate change, e-bikes, electric bikes, energy, entrepreneurs, environment, farming, food rescue, fossil fuels, future, greenhouse gases, hemp, innovation, making a difference, nitrogen, petrol, pollution, power, recycling, solar power, technology, zero waste

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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