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  • Book cover.

    Mirror Image

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Julia Randerson

    illustrated by Peter Campbell

    Winner of the 2016 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

    "Rain spat at Meggie as she trudged home through storm-darkened streets. Being mocked at school for opposing the Springbok tour had put her in a black mood."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: 1981 tour, apartheid, change, conflict, courage, Elsie Locke writing prize, historical fiction, New Zealand history, protest, racism, rugby, South Africa

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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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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  • Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918 cover image

    Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918

    by Renata Hopkins

    Most students are aware of New Zealand’s participation in the First World War, but few will know of the flu pandemic that swept across the world in its aftermath. In New Zealand, the epidemic took over nine thousand lives in under two months – an appalling number, especially if compared with the eighteen thousand soldiers whose lives were lost to the war. This article conveys the horror of the event while imparting factual information about how the virus spread and how the government and communities tried to deal with it.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: 1918, Black November, change, flu, health, influenza epidemic, New Zealand history, pandemics, public health, survival, the First World War, viral mutations, viruses

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Designed for good cover image.

    Designed for Good

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Philip Cleaver

    The New Zealand environment has been badly affected by introduced pests such as rats, stoats, and possums. “Designed for Good” follows the process of developing an effective and humane trap to reduce these pest populations. The article tells the story of the project, from the first “That’s it!” moment through to the production of thousands of traps, which are now in use throughout New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: conservation, design, ecological sustainability, ecology, environment, ideas, innovation, introduced species, native bush, pest control, pests, possums, predator-free New Zealand, predators, prototypes, technology, traps

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • The Kiwileles.

    The Kiwileles

    by Georgina Barnes

    This report provides information about the Kiwileles, a ukulele orchestra made up of New Zealand school students. It focuses on the experiences of students at East Tamaki School and includes a description of some of the steps involved in learning to play a ukulele.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Bill Sevesi, community, concerts, cooperation, East Tamaki School, groups, instruments, Kiwileles, learning, Maria Winder, music, New Zealand Ukulele Trust, Pacific, practice, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • The Longest Walk.

    The Longest Walk

    by Rebekah White

    The Rapsey family, including nine-year-old Elizabeth and her six-year-old brother, Johnny, spent just over four months walking the entire length of New Zealand. During this time, they lived a simple life, learning about the natural world around them and the various ways to engage with it. Rebekah White captures both the sense of adventure and the contemplative moments through her lyrical style, which contains some elements of creative non-fiction.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: bush, challenge, change, exploration, family, forest, geography, growing, learning, mountains, New Zealand, outdoors, resilience, self-reliance, Te Araroa, tramping, trek, walking

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • The possum problem cover image.

    The Possum Problem

    Cover image school journal level 3 august 2017.

    by Johanna Knox

    illustrated by Adele Jackson

    "Possums. You hardly ever see them, but they’re all around: in the bush, on farms, in parks. They might even be in your garden. During the day, possums stay in their dens. These are dry, hidden places where they won’t be disturbed. Possums emerge after dark, millions upon millions of them, all across New Zealand. And what do they do? They eat."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: acclimatisation societies, bovine tuberculosis, change, ecosystems, endangered species, environment, food chains, fur, fur trade, hunting, New Zealand history, pest control,possums, predators, trapping

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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  • The fight to vote cover image.

    The Fight to Vote

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Susan Paris

    "It's hard to imagine a world where women can't vote. Yet up until 1893, this was the reality. Not one country allowed women to have a say in their national government. In some parts of the world, it would stay that way for a long time. New Zealand was different. On 28 November 1893, women went to the polling booth for the first time. It was a famous victory – a radical change – but it didn't come without a fight."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: civil rights, democracy, elections, Kate Sheppard, New Zealand history, parliament, participating and contributing, petitions, Richard Seddon, suffrage, suffragettes, temperance, voting, Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), women’s rights

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Māui at Mahitahi.

    Māui at Mahitahi

    by Susan Wallace 

    Do you know who Māui is? If you ask people this question, most will reply “Yes”. But then, if you ask them to tell you more about Māui, it’s likely that each person will describe him differently. They might say Māui is a demi-god, a hero, a trickster, a rascal, their tipuna, or “that guy The Rock played in Moana”. For South Westland iwi Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio, Māui is a great Polynesian explorer who did many good things for his people.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, Aotearoa New Zealand history, courage, discovery, exploration, Hawaiki, Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio, legend, Mahitahi, Māui, naming, Polynesia, taniwha, Te Tauraka Waka a Māui, traditional story, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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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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