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Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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  • Fence and flowers.

    Welcome to Lullo Marnoo

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Victor Rodger

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    "When I tell people, especially Pālagi people, that my father is from Sāmoa, they usually ask, “Do you go back?” Weird, right? It’s not like I was born in Sāmoa. I was born here, in Christchurch. Aranui, to be exact. One of those suburbs the quake messed up. If I went to Sāmoa, I wouldn’t be going back – I’d just be going. But I don’t try to explain any of this. It can get complicated."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, change, culture, family, grandparents, home, identity, Lalomanu, Pacific, responsibility, Sāmoa, separation, single-parent families

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Person lying on a bed.

    Little Fisherman

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Sarah Penwarden

    illustrated by Caroline della Porta

    "It isn’t that Haylee hates them. She just likes it better when they’re not there: Tom and Tyler, Dayne’s boys. They’re not exactly her stepbrothers, but close enough."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, blended families, challenge, change, family, fishing, gender, holidays, relationships, siblings, stepbrothers

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Dive cover page

    Dive

    by Gina Cole

    illustrated by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Shelly is forced to brave sea snake infested waters when she drops her phone in the river. As it is Shelly's only way of contacting her Dad back in New Zealand, she has no other option.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, courage, childhood, divorce, family, fear, Fiji, managing self, memories, parents, relating to others

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • The moa cover image.

    The Moa

    School journal level 4 november 2017 cover image.

    by Lucy Buchanan

    illustrated by Elliemay Logan

    Winner of the 2017 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

    "The brown-feathered bird stared down, studying her like prey. She wanted to run, to escape the terrifying gaze. The bird stepped back on its large clawed feet, keeping its small eyes on her. Ahorangi felt trapped beneath the glare, as if the bird were suffocating her, as if its claws were already scratching at her throat."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, conservation, decisions, Elsie Locke Writing Prize, environment, Māori, metaphor, moa, responsibility, student writing, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • The village beach cover image.

    The Village Beach

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Tanya Muagututi'a

    illustrated by Josh Morgan

    "We won't be able to hang out here much longer... There's a new building coming"

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, coconuts, conservation, drama, environment, Pasifika, play, Sāmoa, Sina and the Eel, tourism, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • A gust of wind cover image.

    A Gust of Wind

    Cover image school journal level 2 august 2017.

    by Sarah Penwarden

    illustrated by Rachel Walker and Adam Pryor

    In this four-stanza, illustrated poem, Sarah Penwarden uses rich imagery to describe the four seasons. The first-person narrator is a child, and the poem also reflects his or her relationship with grandparents. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: autumn, birds, change, family, flowers, grandad, grandma, grandparents, imagery, metaphor, poetry, seasons, simile, spring, summer, winter

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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  • How to fall cover image.

    How to Fall

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Whiti Hereaka

    illustrated by Rebecca ter Borg

    "The rec centre’s packed. It’s like one big party, but Maia’s determined not to enjoy herself. Coming to see Aunty Emz’s derby game had been Mum’s idea. They needed a break from unpacking, apparently – although Maia’s pretty sure of the real reason: they needed a break from each other."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, change, family, moving, relationships, roller derby, settling in, skating, sport, stress, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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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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  • Book cover.

    By the River

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Sarah Penwarden

    "School camp. Kenzie’s seen the photos from last year. It looks nice: little cabins clustered around a central dining hall; grassy paddocks with giant macrocarpas; picnic tables and a fire pit; a green river, deep and shady, with a slide and a swimming hole."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anxiety, camp, challenge, change, confidence, courage, fear, friendship, relationships, school, self-esteem

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • Book cover.

    Lost Treasure

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Anahera Gildea

    "I’ve got this cousin Hoani. He always causes me big trouble. One time, I stayed over at his house and woke up paralysed. During the night, he’d plastic-wrapped me to the stretcher."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, cousins, culture, family, grandparents, humour, loss, marae, MASAM, relationships, responsibility, tangi, tikanga Māori, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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