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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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    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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    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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    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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    Turbulence

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Paul Mason

    "That week, an email from Cooper’s dad arrived out of nowhere. It had two attachments: a photo and a plane ticket to Australia. Cooper’s mum wasn’t so keen." 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: books, change, divorce, family, flying, growth, loss, reading, relationships, separation, turbulence

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • Fantastic Penguins.

    Fantastic Penguins

    by Giselle Clarkson

    Penguins are unlike any other birds on the planet.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adaptation, Antarctica, climate, eastern rockhopper, emperor penguin, environment, erect crested penguin, habitat, hoiho, king penguin, kororā, little blue penguin, predators, Snares crested penguin, southern rockhopper penguin, sub-antarctic, survival, tawaki, technology, yellow-eyed penguin

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Fleet of Foot.

    Fleet of Foot

    by Paula Morris; illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    The movement of Māori to the cities in the 1950s and 1960s was one of the most significant movements of people in our recent history. Paula Morris has used stories from her whānau as a basis for “Fleet of Foot”, a work of fiction that sits alongside “Kei Te Tāone Nui”, an article in the same journal that also explores the topic of Māori urbanisation. The text has links to the Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, Auckland, change, choice, city, economics, employment, family, history, home, Māori, migration, movement, opportunity, Ponsonby, racism, social change, urbanisation, whānau, work

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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    Making Money

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Tricia Glensor

    This report is about New Zealand money, explaining where our money comes from and how and why the notes and coins have changed over time. It also describes the security features on the banknotes.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: banknotes, change, coins, currency, design, financial capability, financial literacy, holograms, money, recycling, Reserve Bank, security features, technology

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • Hidden Talent

    Hidden Talent

    by Maria Samuela 

    Annie is feeling envious of her siblings – they each have a special talent. (Kana is artistic, Juanita can sing, and rugby-playing Jackson has been made props manager for the upcoming talent quest.) The family says their talents must be inherited from their ancestors. Annie doesn’t think she has any special talents. However, on the night of the talent quest, disaster looms when the power supply goes out.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, change, confidence, Cook Islands, culture, family, heritage, history, identity, inheritance, skills, stories, talent, tūpuna, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Dodinga, 1858

    Dodinga, 1858

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Gavin Mouldey

    A historical narrative that is a companion story to the related article “Journeys of Discovery: The Life of Alfred Wallace” – this story provides some detail about the experiences the famous amateur naturalist Alfred Wallace had while travelling in far-flung places of the globe, hoping to crack the mysteries of evolution. Dodinga is the Indonesian village where Wallace was staying when he had his famous breakthrough in 1858. An author’s note describes the story’s links to actual events.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Alfred Wallace, biology, change, discovery, evolution, fever, history, Indonesia, natural history, natural selection, science, scientist, sickness, species, travel

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Leaves.

    Leaves

    by Lily Ng

    This poem explores the relationship between the poet and her grandmother who was a refugee from China following the Cultural Revolution.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Cantonese, change, China, Chinese Cultural Revolution, culture, family, grandparent, heritage, history, immigration, language, migration, poetry, refugee, relationships, revolution, sacrifice, verse

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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