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  • Steve gibbs and his artwork.

    A Hoe!

    by Steve Gibbs

    The first peaceful meetings between Māori and Europeans took place in 1769, when James Cook landed in the Tairāwhiti region. During those meetings, Māori traded a number of painted hoe (paddles) for cloth, seeds, potatoes, and other items. The paddles are decorated with the earliest examples of what we now call kōwhaiwhai. They ended up in museums around the world.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: “A Hoe!”, art, canoes, colonisation, design, drawing, Endeavour, exhibitions, first meetings, Gisborne, history, hoe, James Cook, kōwhaiwhai, Māori,New Zealand history, “No Ordinary Bird”, paddles, painting, Pawa, “Scent”, “Sixth Sense”, Sydney Parkinson, symbolism, Tairāwhiti Museum, taonga, Te Hā, “Te Hoe Nukuroa”, te kurī a Pawa, tradition, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, waka, Whareongaonga

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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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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  • Kupe and the Giant Wheke.

    Kupe and the Giant Wheke

    A traditional story, retold by Steph Matuku, illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

    This traditional tale features in the oral traditions of many iwi. It tells of how Kupe discovered Aotearoa while pursuing a giant wheke (octopus) across the Pacific. As he chased the creature around Aotearoa, Kupe explored the new land and named many places.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa, courage, creature, culture, discovery, exploration, Hawaiki, Hine-Te-Aparangi, history, journey, Kupe, legend, Māori, MASAM, monster, Muturangi, navigation, octopus, place name, story, storytelling, tale, traditional story, Te Wheke, waka, wheke

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Child playing football.

    Football: The Beautiful Game

    War memorial at night.

    by Steve Watters

    This article explores why football is so popular and gives a brief outline of its history, including how and when it was introduced to Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: All Whites, association football, Football Ferns, Chatham Cup, football, soccer, sport

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Look out for monarchs cover.

    Look out for Monarchs

    Connected 2 2013 cover image.

    by Bob Brockie

    In New Zealand, scientists are gathering data about monarch butterflies. They want to find out where the butterflies fly to and from – and where they go in winter. 

    Series: Connected 2013 level 2 - I Spy...

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Gather and interpret data

    In: Connected 2013 level 2 - I Spy...

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Diwali.

    Diwali

    by Asha Patel

    This third-person recount, set in New Zealand, describes an Indian girl’s experience of the five-day festival of Diwali. 

    Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Category: Fiction

    Shared texts

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2006

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  • Border security cover image.

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

    by Bronwen Wall

    This article describes an environmental decision that had terrible consequences. In the late 1800s, ferrets, stoats, and weasels were introduced into New Zealand to get rid of rabbits. However, these mustelids caused unforeseen destruction. They didn’t eat only rabbits – they discovered that New Zealand’s native animals and birds were very easy prey.

    Series: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Number and Algebra, Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Struggle for samoa's independence cover.

    Tuto'atasi The Struggle for Samoa's Independence

    L4 cover image may2013.

    by Damon Salesa 

    The people of Sāmoa celebrated fifty years of independence in 2012. This article tells the complex story of colonisation and decolonisation that saw Sāmoa controlled by Germany, and then New Zealand, before finally securing self-rule. The former rulers enforced unpopular laws and punished dissent harshly. In addition, thousands of Samoans died of influenza as a result of poor quarantine practices under New Zealand’s rule.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Publication date: May 2013

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  • School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    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 No Fangs  
    The Fantail  
    The Matriarch's Tale  
    Play The Village Beach  
    Articles My Name is Rez
    New New Zealanders
    Stand Up: A History of Protest in New Zealand

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: November 2017

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    My name is rez cover image.

    My Name is Rez

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    written and illustrated by Toby Morris

    Rez Gardi was born in a Kurdish refugee camp in Pakistan and came to New Zealand as a young child, with her family. This graphic text is a memoir, looking back on her life so far. She is now a successful lawyer, a worker for refugees, and was the 2017 Young New Zealander of the year.

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    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bullying, change, comic, culture, difference, graphic text, immigrants, Iraq, Kurdistan, Kurds, migration, Pakistan, refugee camps, refugees, resettlement, Rez Gardi, school, teasing, Turkey, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    New new zealanders cover image.

    New New Zealanders

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Adrienne Jansen

    illustrated by Adrian Heke

    This article introduces readers to a family who have escaped war-torn countries in the Middle East and have now embraced the freedom and safety that New Zealand offers. However, settling as refugees has its own challenges. We learn about the reasons the Kaka family had to move from Iraq to Syria, on to Lebanon, and then to New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: adapting, Assyria, Assyrian Christians, Baghdad, change, civil war, Damascus, difference, immigrants, Iraq, Lebanon, refugees, resilience, school, Syria, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    No fangs cover image.

    No Fangs

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Hera Lindsay Bird

    illustrated by Fraser Williamson

    "It was midnight in Transylvania, and Madeline was bored. She decided to go for a walk. The night was warm and full of stars, and sitting outside the wrought iron gates was a girl."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: friendship, humour, legends, parody, protest, rights, spoof, Transylvania, vampires

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Stand up cover image.

    Stand Up: A History of Protest in New Zealand

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Dylan Owen

    This article looks at a number of important social issues and significant events in New Zealand’s history, thematically linked around the idea of protest. The text is organised in chronological sequence from the passive resistance seen at Parihaka in 1881, through to the anti-TPPA protests in 2016.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: apartheid, conflict, GE-free, general strike, genetic engineering, Great Depression, Great Strike 1913, hīkoi, history, Kate Sheppard, Māori Land March, marches, Nelson Mandela, New Zealand history, Parihaka, passive resistance, petitions, protest, right to vote, riots, rugby, Springbok tour 1981, strikes, Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, Tohu Kākahi, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), unions, Vietnam war, Waterfront Dispute 1951, watersiders, Whina Cooper, women’s suffragette petition

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    The fantail cover image.

    The Fantail

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Steph Matuku

    illustrated by Daron Parton

    "It was the holidays. My sister Jojo and I were at our cousin Piri’s house. We weren’t doing much, just sitting around in Piri’s bedroom listening to music and arguing about everything and nothing – when this thing flew in through the open window."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: bad luck, fantail, Hine-nui-te-pō, humour, legends, MASAM, Māui, pīwaiwaka, pīwakawaka, siblings, traditional tales, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    The matriarch's tale cover image.

    The Matriarch's Tale

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    written and illustrated by Meshack Asare

    "Once, somewhere in Africa, a small herd of elephants disappeared suddenly, without trace. It was a long time ago, but some people still remember this story. They believe that descendants from those elephants live among us."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: Africa, elephants, fables, legends, matriarch, myths, storytellers, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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    The village beach cover image.

    The Village Beach

    School journal level 3 november 2017 cover image.

    by Tanya Muagututi'a

    illustrated by Josh Morgan

    "We won't be able to hang out here much longer... There's a new building coming"

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, coconuts, conservation, drama, environment, Pasifika, play, Sāmoa, Sina and the Eel, tourism, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • The old trunk cover.

    The Old Trunk

    SJ L2 cover image Aug 15

    by Gregory O’Brien

    The old trunk of the title is filled with Jill McDonald’s illustrations. The article explains how the illustrations ended up in the trunk and describes why Jill is one of New Zealand’s most well-known and successful children’s illustrators.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, illustrators, Jill McDonald, School Journal

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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