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  • Student reading a book.

    Finding George

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Henrietta Bollinger

    In this powerful and moving article, Henrietta Bollinger tells the story of her great-great-uncle George, a soldier in the First World War. Most students will have learnt something about the First World War, and many will know something of their own family stories.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bravery, courage, family history, family stories, fear, Gallipoli, George Bollinger, German ancestry, New Zealand history, Ōmatā, prejudice, private detectives, racism, soldiers, Taranaki, the Western Front, war, World War One

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • People on stage at an awards ceremony.

    The Young Ecoleaders Award

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

    The topic of environmentalism is a familiar one to most students and one of genuine concern. This play connects with that concern and the ways ordinary citizens can help address environmental issues, but it's primarily a spoof on awards ceremonies. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: awards, change, climate change, community competition, enviro-schools, environmentalism, humour, plays, recycling, satire, student leaders, working together

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Octopus.

    Suckered

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Bernard Beckett

    illustrations by Kieran Rynhart

    "Jason had issues with Maia. She was smart – as smart as him, which was part of the problem. But mostly, it was the way she was smart. Jason hated her fake look of surprise whenever she beat him. And he hated the smug little smile that always came after, the one only he saw. Maia thought she was better than everyone at everything. Well, not today."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: competition, evaluating evidence, fact checking, hoax, humour, information, internet, participating and contributing, quizzes, relating to others, school, sources, teamwork, thinking, tree octopus, websites

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Art exhibition.

    Fly Me Up

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Catharina van Bohemen

    “Fly Me Up” explores the artworks of Tiffany Singh, an artist who works with communities to create large, colourful installations that draw attention to social issues. Tiffany has Indian and Samoan ancestry, and her artworks are influenced by her personal explorations of identity, culture, and spirituality. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, Auckland, citizenship, collaboration, culture, diversity, flags, Fly Me Up To Where You Are, heritage, hopes, ideals, ideas, India, installations, making a difference, Nepal, refugees, resettled community, self-expression, service, social issues, social-practice artists, Tiffany Singh

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Person watching tv.

    Dangerous Games

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Toby Morris

    After successfully capturing Mirtha Dare-Sweetly in “Who Froze Farrell Flint?” (School Journal, Level 3, May 2017), super-sleuth kid-detective Minnie Sharp is back on the trail. In “Dangerous Games”, a masked protester has interrupted a television broadcast and a bodyguard is in critical care after being poisoned with a strange new bacteria. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bacteria, crime noir, deduction, detectives, environment, fantasy, future, humour, Mars, Minnie Sharp, mystery, science fiction, sequels, whodunnit

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • People using sign language.

    Listening Eyes, Speaking Hands: The Story of Deaf Education in New Zealand

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Renata Hopkins

    This article explores how attitudes to deafness have changed over time. The article includes a social history of the van Asch Deaf Education centre, which opened in 1880.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, cochlear implants, culturally Deaf, Deaf, deaf education, education, Gerrit van Asch, hearing aids, identity, New Zealand, Sign Language, oralism, Relay, sign language, Sumner School for the Deaf, technology, Total Communication (TC), van Asch Deaf Education Centre

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Jen Batten in a plane.

    Hine-o-te-Rangi: The Adventures of Jean Batten

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Bronwen Wall

    In New Zealand, an eighteen-year-old named Jean Batten had a dream. She wanted to become the first woman to fly alone from England to New Zealand. So in 1930, the year she turned twenty, Jean travelled to England to learn how to fly.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: achievement, aeroplanes, aviation, courage, determination, epic journeys, exploration, famous New Zealanders, flying, goals, Gipsy Moth, heroine, Hine-o-te-Rangi, history, inspiration, Jean Batten, Percival Gull, pilots, records, resilience

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Broken Wing.

    Broken Wing

    by Paul Mason

    Illustrations by Rosie Colligan

    This mysterious story combines the familiarity of a coming-of-age story with elements of fantasy. The setting and time are vague. There is magic at work, yet most students will relate to the sense of pressure that comes from trying to meet an older person’s expectations while working out personal values and priorities. The layers of meaning in the story and its rich poetic language make it an excellent model for writing.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “The Red Ball” SJ L3 May 2015 | “Kahawai” SJ L3 October 2013

    Topics: agreements, allegory, change, coming-of-age, fairy tales, family, fantasy, fishing, honesty, honour, keeping your word, mood, mystery, narrative, trust

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Unwanted Visitors.

    Unwanted Visitors

    by Allan Burne

    Fruit flies, kauri dieback, didymo, ragwort ...

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: biosecurity, borders, community surveillance, customs, disease, didymo, economy, environment, foot-and-mouth disease, fruit flies, kauri dieback, pests, predators, quarantine, security, stink bugs, weeds

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Speechless.

    Speechless

    by Austin Milne

    It’s speech day, but there are several problems.

    Information and tips for using comics in the classroom:

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anxiety, comics, confidence, dreams, graphic novels, humour, illustrations, imagination, nerves, public speaking, school, siblings, speeches, visual language, worry

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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