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  • Tuālima.

    Tuālima

    by Tusiata Avia

    Tusiata Avia writes from the child’s perspective as the narrator’s mother receives a tuālima (a tattoo on the back of the hand). Arranged chronologically, the author details particulars of the ceremony, sometimes using gagana Sāmoa terms, and sharing the attention equally between what’s happening and the emotions felt.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ceremony, culture, family, grief, identity, loss, memory, Pacific, poem, resilience, Sāmoa, Samoan tattoo, tatau, tradition, tuālima, tugfuga tātatau

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • No Girls Allowed.

    No Girls Allowed

    by Victor Rodger, illustrations by Daron Parton

    Based on a true story: Victor Rodger explores what it means to make a difficult decision as a group to protect the interests of one person in that group – and the cost of taking a stand. He also makes the point that some things are worth calling out, especially when they involve injustice.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: belonging, community, confidence, discrimination, fairness, family, justice, loyalty, prejudice, rugby, sexism, sport, team, teamwork, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • News for You.

    News for You

    by Bernard Beckett, illustrations by Giselle Clarkson

    This story has a mission: to shed light on the concept of algorithms, in particular the ways in which they influence our access to news. Bernard Beckett takes the Covid-19 lockdown as his starting point, using this shared experience to provide humour and appeal. This relevant context also allows students to explore the idea that people have different interests and perspectives and that news on social media has been curated for the user and may not represent all aspects of current events.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: algorithm, change, Covid-19, current events, digital technologies, family, lockdown, news, privacy, social media, technology

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • All As One.

    All As One

    by Susan Paris with Tahir Nawaz

    While Muslims account for a small percentage of New Zealand’s population, their community has had a high profile in recent years. This article provides a brief introduction to the community’s values, as seen through the eyes of four people involved with the Kilbirnie and Hāwera mosques.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: community, culture, family, hafiz, Hāwera, inclusion, Islam, Kilbirnie, mosque, Muslim, open day, Ramadan, religion, wellbeing, Wellington

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • The Story of the Ventnor.

    The Story of the Ventnor

    by Kirsten Wong

    In 1902, thirteen lives were lost when the SS Ventnor sank off the Hokianga coast in Northland. The ship was carrying the carefully packaged bones of almost five hundred Chinese goldminers on their way home for burial. Despite immediate efforts to retrieve the bones, the ship and its precious cargo were lost. Over the following months, some of the bones washed up on Hokianga beaches. Most of these bones were collected and cared for by local iwi, with the stories of the shipwreck and the Chinese kōiwi passed down across generations of Māori. Over one hundred years later, some of the decendants of the goldminers discovered the fate of the bones and the kindness that iwi had shown and travelled north to learn more. A shared respect for the ancestors has since drawn together Chinese New Zealand communities and the iwi who are now kaitiaki of the goldminers’ remains.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ancestors, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, bones, ceremony, Cheong Shing Tong, Chinese, Choie Sew Hoy, commemoration, culture, family, gold, goldminer, healing, history, Hokianga, home, kōiwi, memorial, peace, remembering, repatriation, respect, shipwreck, Te Hoko Keha, Te Rarawa, Te Roroa, Te Tao Maui, Ventnor, waharoa

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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