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  • Book cover.

    Fallen Leaves

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Paul Mason

    This historical fiction, set in 1845, is told from the point of view of a young Māori protaganist. Haora works in the printery at Kororāreka at the time when war was building between Ngāpuhi chief Hone Heke (Hone Wiremu Heke Pōkai) and the British troops.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: historical fiction, Hone Heke Pōkai, Kororāreka, New Zealand history, New Zealand Wars, Pompallier mission, Roman Catholic church, station, printing, race relations

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    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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    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.

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    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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  • Book cover.

    Puawai Cairns: Te Papa Detective

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Whiti Hereaka

    This article describes the work of Puawai Cairns, a curator at Te Papa Tongarewa. Puawai believes that as a curator, her job is to tell stories about people: “Each one always begins with a taonga.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: artefacts, change, culture, curator, detection, history, museums, New Zealand Wars, niu, Pai Mārire, past, stories, taonga, Te Papa Tongarewa, tikanga Māori

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    The Great Ordinary: The Photographs of Edith Amituanai

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Hannah Sperber

    This article explores the work of a prize-winning West Auckland photographer whose work has been shown around the world. Edith Amituanai photographs the ordinary, everyday world around her, documenting it as a record for the future.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, cameras, change, community, culture, documentary, Edith Amituanai, environment, identity, neighbourhoods, Pasifika, photography, Sāmoa, students, visual arts

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • Sj level 4 march 2012

    School Journal Level 4, March 2012

    Teacher support materials (TSM) are available for all the following texts in this issue of the School Journal:

        TSM
    Poems The Squash Club
    Articles His Own War – The Story of Archibald Baxter
    Buttons

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: February 2012

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    Buttons cover.

    Buttons

    L4 cover image march2012.

    by Iona McNaughton 

    The students at Moriah School in Wellington collected 1.5 million buttons, which represented the number of children killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War. This article reports on their reasons for doing this and the methods they used to gather the buttons. The students learnt about the personal impact of the Holocaust and designed a memorial to the children who died. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4, March 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: buttons, Holocaust, Second World War, memorial

    In: School Journal Level 4, March 2012

    Publication date: March 2012

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    His Own War – The Story of Archibald Baxter

    L4 cover image march2012.

    by David Grant 

    “His Own War” is a biography of Archie Baxter, a New Zealander who refused to join up and fight in the First World War. His objection to fighting was based on strongly held convictions, and he paid dearly for them.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, March 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: war, biography, Archie Baxter, New Zealander, First World War, objection

    In: School Journal Level 4, March 2012

    Publication date: March 2012

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    The Squash Club

    L4 cover image march2012.

    by Hinemoana Baker 

    This poem reflects on her childhood memories of waiting for her father while he played squash. In short stanzas, she recalls the sights, feel, and smells of those times. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4, March 2012

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Hinemoana Baker, poem, childhood memories, squash

    In: School Journal Level 4, March 2012

    Publication date: March 2012

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  • Sj level 4 oct 2013 cover.

    School Journal Level 4, October 2013

    Teacher support materials (TSM) are available for all the following texts in this issue of the School Journal:

        TSM
    Stories  In the End
    Articles Knee Deep
    War in Waihi

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: October 2013

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    In the end cover.

    In the End

    L4 cover image oct2013.

    by Mal Peet

    “In the End” is a fictional recount of the Martha Mine strike, told by a soldier in the First World War who was living in Waihī at the time of the strike. This complex layering will be challenging for some students, but the rich poetic language and colourful expression should be engaging for many readers

    Series: School Journal Level 4, October 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Mine, strike, soldier, First World War, Waihī

    In: School Journal Level 4, October 2013

    Publication date: October 2013

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    Knee Deep

    L4 cover image oct2013.

    by Simon Christie

    Where’s the best place to start the repair work after a major earthquake? In Christchurch, a top priority was to deal with the major health hazard posed by raw sewage flowing through streets and into waterways. “Knee Deep” explains how decisions were made to fix the wastewater problem, and in particular, how to ensure that a new system would be robust and cost-effective.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, October 2013

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: repair, earthquake, Christchurch, health hazard, sewage, waterways

    In: School Journal Level 4, October 2013

    Publication date: October 2013

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    War in waihi cover.

    War in Waihi

    L4 cover image oct2013.

    by Mark Derby

    “War in Waihī” recounts the events that took place in Waihī in 1912. The article places the “war” in context, providing background to the conflict that happened when miners demanded safer working conditions. The mining company, supported by police and politicians, resisted the demands of the miners’ union and ultimately used violence to break the strike.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, October 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: War, Waihī, conflict, miners

    In: School Journal Level 4, October 2013

    Publication date: October 2013

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  • Bright fine gold.

    Bright Fine Gold

    by Mark Derby

    SJ L3 cover image May 2015.

    Miners from all over the world flocked to Otago in the 1860s.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Chinese, goldmining, history, immigration

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2015

    Publication date: May 2015

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  • Sj level 3 june cover.

    School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) for the following:

        TSM
    Stories Das Piano
    Harry's War  
    Windfall  
    Poems Chunuk Bair  
    Articles Grey Angels
    Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Māori Pioneer Battalion 
    New Zealand at War   

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Nz at war cover.

    New Zealand at War

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    A timeline of the First World War

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: World War I, war, soldiers, Anzac, Anzac Day, Gallipoli, conscription, Battle of Somme

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    The maori pioneer battalion cover.

    Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Māori Pioneer Battalion

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    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. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, British Empire, Māori soldiers, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Māori contingent, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Grey angels cover.

    Grey Angels

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Anna Rogers

    Although students will be aware of the role soldiers play in wartime, few will know about the role of nurses. This article describes the work
    of New Zealand nurses who travelled to Africa and Europe during the First World War. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, nurses, hospital ships, Somme, Edna Pengelly, Gallipoli, soldiers, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Chunuk bair cover.

    Chunuk Bair

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Robert Sullivan

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Chunuk Bair, First World War, Anzac, soldiers, Gallipoli, poetry

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Das piano cover.

    Das Piano

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Bernard Beckett

    This dark, humorous narrative is set during the First World War and, through exaggeration, shows the effects of extreme patriotism that can appear in wartime. Thomas, the narrator, hates Mrs Biggs, his teacher. He also hates singing. When Mrs Biggs finds him playing Catch the German, she punishes him by making him sing in front of the mayor. Thomas’s desperate attempt to avoid singing has unexpected results when Mrs Biggs and the mayor decide to smash the piano – because it was made in Germany.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, piano, school, German, destruction, humour, bully

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Harry's war cover.

    Harry’s War

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Mark Derby

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    “It’s funny the way things turn out.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: First World War, army training, chalk Kiwi, Kiwi, lucky escape

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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    Windfall cover.

    Windfall

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Leilani Isara

    Anna’s father has come home from the war – or has he?

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: First World War, shell shock, storm, rescue, overcoming adversity, father/daughter relationships

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • The mysterious stones of tonga book cover.

    The Mysterious Stones of Tonga

    Cover image school journal level 2 august 2017.

    by 'Ana Maui Taufe'ulungaki

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    In this article, Dr ‘Ana Maui Taufe‘ulungaki describes and discusses an unusual stone monument, Ha‘amonga ‘a Maui (the Burden of Maui), which stands near the village of Niutōua in Tonga. The monument is special because there are very few stone structures to be found anywhere in the Pacific.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: ancient monuments, Burden of Maui, Ha‘amonga a Maui, history, king’s stone clock, King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, King Tu‘itātui, Lapita, Maui, mystery, Niutōua, oral history, Pasifika history, standing stones, stone monuments, technology, Tonga, World Heritage Site

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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