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    King and Country

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    This fictionalised story is based on the controversial issue of Māori fighting for the British Empire during the First World War. Students will need some knowledge about the history of our race relations and, in particular, the colonisation of Aotearoa by the British. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, Māori soldiers, marae, Māori language, Pākehā/Māori relations, rugby, Māori conscription

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Sky high cover.

    Sky-high

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    By Robert Sullivan

    Illustrations by Tim Gibson

    Beneath the town of Arras, on the Western Front, it’s a race against time.

     
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    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Waihi, Arras tunnels, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, graphic novel, Battle of Arras, underground soldiers

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Sj level 3 august 2013 cover.

    School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Teacher support materials (TSM) are available for all the following texts in this issue of the School Journal:

        TSM
    Stories Egbert and the Princess 
    Poems Drift 
    Articles 59.5 Degrees South

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2013

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    59 degrees south cover.

    59.5 Degrees South

    Sj august 2013 cover.

    by Sarah Wilcox

    59.5 degrees south is the GPS position where the author dropped an Argo float into the Southern Ocean. This article is a recount of her journey on the NIWA ship, Kaharoa. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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    Drift

    Sj august 2013 cover.

    by Denis Glover

    This beautiful poem by one of New Zealand’s best-known poets, Denis Glover (most famous for “The Magpies”), describes objects drifting on the ocean. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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    Egbert and the Princess

    Sj august 2013 cover.

    by Katie Furze

    This amusing story takes standard fairy tale characters and turns them on their heads. The author uses the readers’ prior knowledge of Western dragon–princess stories to create humour by changing the stereotypes, which in turn upsets the readers’ expectations of events and reactions. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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  • 59 degrees south cover.

    59.5 Degrees South

    Sj august 2013 cover.

    by Sarah Wilcox

    59.5 degrees south is the GPS position where the author dropped an Argo float into the Southern Ocean. This article is a recount of her journey on the NIWA ship, Kaharoa. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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  • Drift cover.

    Drift

    Sj august 2013 cover.

    by Denis Glover

    This beautiful poem by one of New Zealand’s best-known poets, Denis Glover (most famous for “The Magpies”), describes objects drifting on the ocean. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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    Egbert and the Princess

    Sj august 2013 cover.

    by Katie Furze

    This amusing story takes standard fairy tale characters and turns them on their heads. The author uses the readers’ prior knowledge of Western dragon–princess stories to create humour by changing the stereotypes, which in turn upsets the readers’ expectations of events and reactions. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    Publication date: July 2013

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  • Kuri cover.

    Kurī

    by Priscilla Wehi

    illustrations by Spike Wademan

    SJ L2 cover image Oct 2015

    Māori brought the kurī or Polynesian dog with them when they migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand. This article looks at what we know about kurī, their origins, what they were used for, and why they died out. It incorporates traditional stories about the explorers Tāneatua and Īhenga and explains the importance of kurī to early Māori society. “Kurī” is a fascinating but challenging article at this year level, and you may wish to approach it in sections.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cloaks, dogs, environment, explorers, Īhenga, kahukurī, kurī, middens, migration, Polynesian dogs, Tāneatua, traditional Māori society, Te Urewera

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) for the following:

        TSM
    Stories Miri and Raru
    The Rules   
    Happy New Year   
    Poems Barney Whiterats
    Plays Baa-mite  
    Articles The Remarkable Reti
    Making Radio Waves  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: October 2015

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    Miri and Raru

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Dylan Horrocks

    This lively graphic text provides a hilarious take on the old “dog ate my homework” story. Miri draws monsters in her schoolbooks to calm herself down when she’s feeling angry or upset. When one drawing comes to life, she finds that her teacher is surprisingly understanding.

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    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bullying, comics, drawing, fantasy, fitting in, graphic novel, graphic text, humour, illustrations, imagination, monsters, teachers

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    The Rules

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    By Maria Samuela

    Illustrations by Michel Mulipola

    “Matiora couldn’t wait till he had enough money saved up.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, busking, classical music, family, friendship, music, orchestras, responsibility, rules, tenors, violin

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2016

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    Happy New Year

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Adrienne Frater

    illustrations by Rebecca ter Borg

    New Year’s Eve on Great Barrier Island doesn’t go according to plan.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: environment, fire, fire safety, Great Barrier Island, native bush, responsibility, sailing

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2016

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    The Remarkable Reti

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Kiwa Hammond and Duane Culshaw

    A reti is a fishing device, used by Ngāti Pāhauwera to catch kahawai on the Mōhaka River. The iwi regard the reti as a taonga, and the article provides a great example of how traditions, along with stories and waiata, are handed down through the generations.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: fishing, kontiki, Mōhaka River, Ngāti Pāhauwera, reti, reti board, tikanga, waiata

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    Making radio waves cover.

    Making Radio Waves

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Iona McNaughton

    The students at Lyall Bay School in Wellington have their own radio station.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: announcers, broadcasting, community, MaranuiFM, radio, radio waves, school, transmission

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    Barney Whiterats

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Glenn Colquhoun

    “Barney Whiterats” is a text in three parts. Students have to consider: a poem by one of New Zealand’s most respected poets, a musical setting of the poem as a lullaby, and an explanation of the poet’s inspiration that includes an old black-and-white photograph of a swagman.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Barney Whiterats, melody, music, onomatopoeia, poetry, rhythm, swagmen

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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    Baamite cover.

    Baa-mite

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Sarah Delahunty

    Recording a radio advertisement has never been so complicated …

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: acting, actors, advertising, humour, radio play, sound effects, sound track

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Miri and raru cover.

    Miri and Raru

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    by Dylan Horrocks

    This lively graphic text provides a hilarious take on the old “dog ate my homework” story. Miri draws monsters in her schoolbooks to calm herself down when she’s feeling angry or upset. When one drawing comes to life, she finds that her teacher is surprisingly understanding.

    Information and tips for using comics in the classroom:

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bullying, comics, drawing, fantasy, fitting in, graphic novel, graphic text, humour, illustrations, imagination, monsters, teachers

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • The rules cover.

    The Rules

    SJ L3 cover image Oct 2015

    By Maria Samuela

    Illustrations by Michel Mulipola

    “Matiora couldn’t wait till he had enough money saved up.”

    Series: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bullying, busking, classical music, family, friendship, music, orchestras, responsibility, rules, tenors, violin

    In: School Journal Level 3 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2016

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