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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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  • Checkmate.

    Checkmate

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Kieran Rynhart

    When do you make the most important move?

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: brothers, change, chess, difference, expectation, family, father, identity, individuality, relationships, rugby, strategy, team sports

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Instructions for Travelling without Touching the Ground.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ambition, convention, dreams, flying, humour, instructions, language, narrative poem, poem, poetry, structure, verse, whimsy, wings

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Tupaia: Master Navigator.

    Tupaia: Master Navigator

    by Hanahiva Rose

    The story of Tupaia, a navigator and high priest from the island of Rā‘iātea. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: art, change, colonisation, communication, diplomacy, discovery, Endeavour, exploration, Gisborne, history, interpreting, James Cook, Joseph Banks, journeys, language, Māori, migration, misunderstanding, navigation, New Zealand history, Pacific, Polynesia, Rā‘iātea, science, Tahiti, Taiato, Taputapuātea, Te Hā, te reo Māori, Tolaga Bay, transit of Venus, translation, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Ūawa, unknown southern continent

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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  • Summer Sounds.

    Summer Sounds

    by Jenny Bornholdt

    Poem

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: alliteration, assonance, figurative language, imagery, metaphor, poetry, sound, summer

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • The Weird Zone.

    The Weird Zone

    by Sacha Cotter

    illustrations by Kirsten Slade

    “We’ve been tracking Dad’s weirdness for months.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: campground, camping, change, depression, embarrassment, emotions, family, feelings, holiday, humour, loneliness, separation, siblings, stress, summer, tradition

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Ghost Walk.

    Ghost Walk

    by Renata Hopkins, illustrations by Rosie Colligan

    Grumpa wants to take a walk, but the narrator has other ideas. Grumpa wins, and the pair tour Christchurch’s Red Zone, where the narrator learns to see what’s no longer there – and ways we can preserve the past.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: change, Christchurch, community, earthquake, family, ghost, grandparent, history, home, loss, memories, red zone, relationships, screen time

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Want Relief.

    Want Relief

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    The Auckland Islands, a New Zealand territory in the Southern Ocean, were the site of nine shipwrecks in the nineteenth century. Paul Mason uses this as a starting point for his fictional story about Nell, who becomes a castaway with several others and must play her part in keeping their precious fire going.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Auckland Islands, castaway, family, General Grant,Graft n,historicfiction,history,ingenuity, kākāriki, marooned, Motu Maha, rescue, resilience, responsibility, shipwreck, survival

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Changing Lives: The Omeo Story.

    Changing Lives: The Omeo Story

    by Lucy Corry

    Kevin Halsall is an engineer and inventor who likes to solve problems. Over a four-year period, he designed and built the Omeo: a ground-breaking mobility device that gives people much greater freedom than a traditional wheelchair. In this article, Kevin discusses his motivation and design process, and his friend Marcus shares the impact the Omeo has had on his life.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adaptation, challenge, change, design, development, disability, engineering, idea, independence, innovation, Kevin Halsall, Marcus Thompson, mobility, Omeo, problem, prototype, Segway, social media, solution, technology, wheelchair

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • A Mugging in Maths.

    A Mugging in Maths

    by Cassandra Tse, illustrations by Josh Morgan

    This classroom mystery is solved by Ruby, a student who loves detective novels and who has honed her skills through reading. The author delights in mysteries and plays – and works both forms to their advantage.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: detective, drama, humour, mystery, parody, perseverence, play, process, school, teachers, whodunnit

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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