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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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  • Three children on a wharf.

    Journey on the Sea

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Clare Knighton

    "Aotearoa is an island nation with more than 15,000 kilometres of coastline (only nine other countries have more). It’s no wonder so many of us love the water. But activities like swimming, surfing, fishing, and sailing all involve risk. On average, more than a hundred New Zealanders drown each year."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adventure, confidence, drowning, new skills, Optimists, Porirua Harbour, sailing, sailing boats, Te Ara Moana, Te Awarua-o-Porirua, Titahi Bay, water, water safety

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Family around a dinner table.

    Koro's Song

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by André Ngāpō 

    illustrated by Keiran Ryanhart

    "Look. We’re here!" says Mana, pointing to a sign: Uenuku Ecovillage. He’s so excited. We’ve been travelling all day, and he hasn’t stopped talking.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, community, eco-village, family, grandparents, grief, loss, music, new partners, performance, relationships, school holidays, ukuleles, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • People playing sports.

    Kilikiti

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Tusiata Avia

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "Then there’s kilikiti. Kee-lee-kee-tee (perfect – top marks this time). Have a guess. What could it mean? Ummm ... Kittycat? Kilometre? Kitchenette? Nope! Try cricket (the game, not the grasshopper)."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: belonging, community, cricket, culture, humour, identity, kilikiti, language, Pacific, poetry, pronunciation, phonetics, rhyme, Sāmoa, sport, transliteration

    In: School Journal Level 3 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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  • Whānau.

    Whānau

    by Whiti Hereaka

    Illustrations by Bo Moore

    Timi's still waiting for Nan's place to feel like home. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: animals, caring, change, family, grandparents, grief, homesickness, loss, love, Māori, rural, support, te ao Māori, whānau, whangai

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Donkey Sleepover.

    Donkey Sleepover

    by Sarah Johnson

    Illustrations by Minky Stapleton

    There's no getting over it. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: birthdays, bullying, change, cliques, family, fitting in, friendship, identity, outsiders, peer pressure, popularity, school, sleepover

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Iris and Dogstar.

    Iris and Dogstar

    by Iris Marshall

    This article is based on the diary of Iris Marshall, a ten-year-old girl who sailed on the yacht Dog Star with her parents and a family friend from New Zealand to Nouméa. The text details the highs and lows of the journey from Iris’s perspective and includes some excerpts from the on-board logbook. While few students will have had the experience of sailing, many will have experienced sea sickness, and most will relate to and be interested in the day-to-day details of life at sea. The text could be used as a starting point to explore the nature of adventure, its perils, and its rewards.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Texts related by theme “Boy on a Bike” SJ L3 May 2015 | “Journey on the Sea” SJ L3 August 2018 | “Border Control” “Captain Cook: Charting Our Islands” SJ L4 May 2016 | “What Is Biosecurity?” Border Security, Connected L3 2011

    Topics: adventure, co-ordinates, danger, diaries, family, GPS, journeys, logs, navigation, Pacific Ocean, recount, sailing, sea, travel, weather, yachts

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Words.

    Words

    by James Brown

    Poem

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: bullying, humour, language, narrative poems, poetry, power, relationships, resilience, school

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Trespass.

    Trespass

    by Vince Ford; illustrations by Leilani Isara

    An afternoon bike ride has complications.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adventure, brothers, bush, change, courage, danger, dares, exploration, friendship, group dynamics, identity, loyalty, peer pressure, quick thinking, relationships, rules, siblings, trespassing, waterhole

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • After the Fire.

    After the Fire

    by Adrienne Frater

    illustrations by Adele Jackson

    “There were no sheep, no cows, not even birds – anywhere.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: alpaca, change, climate change, community, disaster, drought, evacuation, family, farming, fire, fire fighters, friendship, rebuilding, rescue centre, resilience, volunteers

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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