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Instructional Series

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

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  • My name is rez cover image.

    My Name is Rez

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    written and illustrated by Toby Morris

    Rez Gardi was born in a Kurdish refugee camp in Pakistan and came to New Zealand as a young child, with her family. This graphic text is a memoir, looking back on her life so far. She is now a successful lawyer, a worker for refugees, and was the 2017 Young New Zealander of the year.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bullying, change, comic, culture, difference, graphic text, immigrants, Iraq, Kurdistan, Kurds, migration, Pakistan, refugee camps, refugees, resettlement, Rez Gardi, school, teasing, Turkey, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • No fangs cover image.

    No Fangs

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Hera Lindsay Bird

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "It was midnight in Transylvania, and Madeline was bored. She decided to go for a walk. The night was warm and full of stars, and sitting outside the wrought iron gates was a girl."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: friendship, humour, legends, parody, protest, rights, spoof, Transylvania, vampires

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Stand up cover image.

    Stand Up: A History of Protest in New Zealand

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Dylan Owen

    This article looks at a number of important social issues and significant events in New Zealand’s history, thematically linked around the idea of protest. The text is organised in chronological sequence from the passive resistance seen at Parihaka in 1881, through to the anti-TPPA protests in 2016.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: apartheid, conflict, GE-free, general strike, genetic engineering, Great Depression, Great Strike 1913, hīkoi, history, Kate Sheppard, Māori Land March, marches, Nelson Mandela, New Zealand history, Parihaka, passive resistance, petitions, protest, right to vote, riots, rugby, Springbok tour 1981, strikes, Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, Tohu Kākahi, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), unions, Vietnam war, Waterfront Dispute 1951, watersiders, Whina Cooper, women’s suffragette petition

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • The matriarch's tale cover image.

    The Matriarch's Tale

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    written and illustrated by Meshack Asare

    "Once, somewhere in Africa, a small herd of elephants disappeared suddenly, without trace. It was a long time ago, but some people still remember this story. They believe that descendants from those elephants live among us."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Africa, elephants, fables, legends, matriarch, myths, storytellers, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • The force cover

    The Force

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrated by Matt Haworth

    Egged on by his brother, Harper works through his fears of jumping off the bridge into the water. "Do or do not. There is no try."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, courage, family, fantasy, fear, fiction, holidays, imagination, independence, managing self, relating to others, rites of passage, rivers, self-belief, siblings, Star Wars, swimming, Yoda

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • River swimming cover

    River Swimming

    by Lynley Edmeades

    illustrated by Ned Barraud

    “River Swimming” is a beautiful poem that captures the imaginative, make-believe world that children inhabit. The setting is a day out at the river. While the adults sit and drink tea on the river bank, the children race each other in an imaginary lane pool and become mermaids, remembering to keep a safe distance from the taniwha upstream. The poem is rich in imagery and movement. It draws on the pleasures of picnics, swimming, and the beauty of the natural world. The poem would be useful for a poetry reading.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: childhood, family, figurative language, imagery, imagination, make-believe, memories, metaphor, outings, picnics, poetry, rivers, swimming, verse

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Ship's captain cover

    Ship's Captain

    by Fraser Smith

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "Ship's Captain" is the story of two boys learning how to live off the land and sea. Nan is a larger-than-life character, steeped in knowledge of bush lore and rongoā (Māori medicine). Pop is a gentle background force, who teaches the boys how to build a whare raupō. The lessons the writer learns go beyond bush lore; the story explores the value of knowledge that is passed down through generations, the pleasures of living simply, and the importance of being "the captain of your own ship".

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bushcra, camping, childhood, culture, family, grandparents, holidays, identity, kaimoana, knowledge, life skills, Māori, managing self, memoir, memories, rongoā, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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    Talking to the River

    by Clare Knighton

    “Talking to the River” tells the story of a farmer and a group of engineering and computing students from Victoria University of Wellington who collaborate to gather data about river pollution and publicise it. River pollution is a topical issue, and “Talking to the River” provides an example of people dedicated to making a difference. The article explains the impact cows can have on rivers and the importance of being able to accurately measure levels of river pollution. The university students overcome several challenges to create a prototype monitoring device that is fit for purpose. The reach of the project is extended exponentially by creating an app that tracks river improvements and allows users to upload photos to a website.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: algae, algal blooms, citizen science, collaboration, data, endangered species, environment, farming, fish, Grant Muir, monitoring, Pahaoa River, pollution, problem solving, prototypes, rivers, RiverWatch, technology, Victoria University, water quality, waterways

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Black and white illustrated lion.

    Acrostic Poem

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Tim Upperton

    illustrated by Simon Waterfield

    In this poem about writing poetry, Tim Upperton subverts the form of the acrostic to show what can happen when the words and ideas are let free. This is a poem that speaks to students’ experiences as readers and writers of poetry and makes it fun.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: acrostic poems, animals, extended metaphor, figurative language, poetry, wildlife parks

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Two children with a box of ornaments.

    Fangs: The Sequel

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Hera Lindsay Bird

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "Madeline was a vampire. Not the bloodsucking type – she was vegetarian – but the locals were still afraid of her. She tried taking this in her stride."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: fairs, friendship, humour, loyalty, No Fangs, parody, sequel, stereotypes, siblings, vampires

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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