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  • The white mouse cover.

    The White Mouse

    by Leon Davidson

    The White Mouse tells the true story of Nancy Wake, a courageous and adventurous woman who helped end the German occupation of France in the Second World War. This illustrated biography tells of the experiences that shaped Nancy’s determination to fight the Nazis and relates some of her exploits in France during the war years. Pages 3, 5, and 9 provide background information about the Second World War, the French Resistance, and the Special Operations Executive. It may be helpful to build prior knowledge for students by reading and discussing the information on page 3 with them before reading the text. During reading, you could pause at the end of each of the other two journal pages to discuss the information there and support them to make connections with the details in the biography.

    This story is supported by audio with embedded support. The embedded support in the audio version for this non-fiction text is designed to assist students to use visual features, such as photographs and diagrams, to help them make meaning of the text. 

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 5, 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Kei te Tāone Nui: Māori and the City (1945–1970)

    Kei te Tāone Nui: Māori and the City (1945–1970)

    by Samuel Denny, Caitlin Moffat-Young, and Aroha Harris

    The post-Second-World-War era in Aotearoa New Zealand saw one of the fastest rates of urban migration in the world, with Māori migrating to cities in large numbers to take advantage of new economic opportunities. The “golden city” offered much, but it came at a high price. Despite an unquestioned narrative in Pākehā communities that New Zealand’s race relations were world leading, Māori moving to the city encountered prejudice and discrimination at many levels. Māori responded to these challenges in multiple ways, for example, by establishing formal and informal groups that strengthened collective expression of Māori cultural values and practices. By gathering together to debate and take action on key issues, the seeds were sown for the modern Māori protest movement as well as the forging of a new urban Māori identity.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, assimilation, belonging, change, choice, city, colonialism, community, culture, economics, employment, history, Hoani Waititi Marae, Hunn report, identity, integration, kura kaupapa, land rights, Māori, Māori Women’s Welfare League, migration, movement, opportunity, pepper-potting, protest, race relations, racism, social action, social change, te reo Māori, Treaty rights, urban marae, urbanisation, work

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • The eighth wonder cover.

    The Eighth Wonder of the World

    level 4 cover image oct2012.

    by Sue Gibbison

    This article describes the loss and possible rediscovery of the famous Pink and White Terraces. It describes the unusual events immediately prior to the eruption that covered these iconic natural features and goes on to explain how new technology is being used to map and scan the bottom of Lake Rotomahana to find the Pink and White Terraces. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4, October 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: discovery, famous, landmark, Pink and White Terraces, eruption, natural features, technology, map, Lake Rotomahana

    In: School Journal Level 4, October 2012

    Publication date: October 2012

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  • Book cover.

    The World Will End, Said the Cat

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by David Larsen

    This is a fantasy story with a serious flavour. The indirect unfolding of the story allows students to make their own way through the text, piecing information together as they go.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: accountability, change, choice, decisions, fantasy, future, mystery, parallel universe, responsibility, risk, science fiction, thinking, values

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • The new zealand wars.

    Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa/The New Zealand Wars

    SJ cover image.

    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. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: history, war, Māori, Waikato, Taranaki, war, Te Kooti, Tītokowaru, British Empire, land, settlers, pā, Kīngitanga

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • New new zealanders cover image.

    New New Zealanders

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Adrienne Jansen

    illustrated by Adrian Heke

    This article introduces readers to a family who have escaped war-torn countries in the Middle East and have now embraced the freedom and safety that New Zealand offers. However, settling as refugees has its own challenges. We learn about the reasons the Kaka family had to move from Iraq to Syria, on to Lebanon, and then to New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adapting, Assyria, Assyrian Christians, Baghdad, change, civil war, Damascus, difference, immigrants, Iraq, Lebanon, refugees, resilience, school, Syria, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • The red ball.

    The Red Ball

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrations by Aki Fukuoka

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    “The Red Ball” is a contemporary story, with elements of fairy tales and cautionary stories. Students will enjoy reading about a fairy who helps to get rid of a girl’s high-achieving sister. As with many traditional tales, “The Red Ball” incorporates a problem with a test and a dilemma for the main character. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fairy tales, jealousy, magical powers, other worlds, parody, siblings, sisters, spells, twins

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Hakaraia warrior peacemaker.

    Hakaraia: Warrior Peacemaker

    by Mark Derby

    SJ L4 cover image May 2015.

    The life of an important Māori leader is remembered.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Gate Pā, Hakaraia, history, Kīngitanga, Māori king, missionaries, musket wars, prophets, Pukehinahina, Te Kooti, Waitaha

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Score cover image.

    Score!

    Cover image school journal level 2 august 2017.

    by Bronwen Wall

    "Tiana tucks the ball under her arm and races up the field. It’s three tackles down – there’s only one more play left in this set. The other team is waiting for her."

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Kiwi Ferns, league, Mini League, Mod League, rugby league, rules, sport, teamwork, winter sports, Women’s Rugby League World Cup

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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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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