Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
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Reading a Boat
by Don Long
photographs by Adrian Heke
“Reading a Boat” is an account of a family taking a ferry ride, which becomes an exploration of signs on the ferry. The family continue their exploration of signs when they arrive on land, and they discuss how we know which signs are important.
Pōhā: A Clever Way of Storing Food
by Dr Michael Stevens
“Pōhā: A Clever Way of Storing Food” explains the traditional Māori way for storing harvested tītī (muttonbirds). The practice of using pōhā to store the tītī has been passed on through generations and is still being used today.
The Ski Trip
by Dave Armstrong
illustrations by Kat Chadwick
“The Ski Trip” relates how Anthony raises money for a class ski trip by working on odd jobs without the company of his best friend, who chooses to make the most of the end of summer by going to the beach and playing on his new bike.
The Big Dig: Clearing the Manawatū Gorge Slip
by Wayne Erb
“The Big Dig” describes the 2011 slip in the Manawatū gorge, giving an insight into repairing such an enormous slip and the scale of the problems that needed to be dealt with.
by Bernard Beckett
illustrations by Kat Chadwick
“Nobody Laughed” is the humorous story of what happens when a class arrives back at school after the summer holidays and each child has the same bright-green bag. The bags get muddled and the only way to find out who owns which bag is to open them. The main character is really worried about how the others will react when they see the “secret favourite thing” in his bag. It soon becomes clear that everyone has their own secret item.
First World War Mascots
by Philippa Werry
Many students will be familiar with the use of mascots by sports teams, but they may be surprised to learn that mascots have also been used in wars. This text describes mascots used by New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. Students may have some awareness of the First World War through Anzac Day commemorations and from events to mark its centenary in 2014.
Mahinga Kai Crusaders
by Stanley Walsh
“Mahinga Kai Crusaders” explains two very different approaches to keeping the tikanga of mahinga kai alive – one through hunting and food gathering and the other by posting videos on a website.
Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa/The New Zealand Wars
by Ross Calman
“The New Zealand Wars” describes the wars fought between 1845 and 1872. The wars were about who controlled the country and who owned the land. This long and fascinating article explains the circumstances of the wars, including the areas and tribes involved. There are good general descriptions of the main confrontations and key players, both Māori and British. The text is written by a Māori author who presents a balanced account of the wars and their impacts.
Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Māori Pioneer Battalion
by Monty Soutar
This article tells the story of Māori and the First World War and of the huge contribution made by the pioneer Māori Battalion. The topic will be unfamiliar for many students, but the themed content in the surrounding items will provide support.