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Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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  • Don’t Forget to Vote.

    Don’t Forget to Vote

    by Simon Cooke, illustrations by Beck Wheeler

    This is a humorous play featuring the characters from “Let’s Vote on It” (SJ L2 May 2020). It’s based around the importance of voting so that you can have your say. The citizens want to replace the king – a vote is held, but the king forgets to vote and loses the election as a result. Plays provide opportunities for students to develop their oral language and performance skills. They will also be able to use the characters’ actions and dialogue to make inferences and interpret the play’s main message.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: acceptance, citizenship, community, democracy, drama, election, humour, inclusion, king, monarchy, monster, play, responsibility, sequel, voting

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2020

    Publication date: November 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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  • Trouble in the Foodlands.

    Trouble in the Foodlands

    by Johanna Knox, illustrations by Toby Morris

    This detective story is another instalment in the Minnie Sharp series, the only continued storyline at this level. The distinctive tone – hard-boiled detective noir – ensures the story has an entertaining surface, and this is matched with an equally satisfying plot: Minnie is required to solve conflict in the Foodlands, the main farming district on Mars. The character, setting, voice, and themes will be familiar to those who’ve met Minnie Sharp, allowing for reading activities across multiple texts – but the story also stands alone.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: artificial intelligence, community, detective, fantasy, investigation, Minnie Sharp, mystery, police, robot, science fiction, sequel

    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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  • The Coprolite Hunters.

    The Coprolite Hunters

    by Neil Silverwood

    Photographer Neil Silverwood has documented the work of New Zealand scientists before. This time, they’re hunting for coprolites – fossilised animal faeces. Analysing this “treasure from the past” allows scientists to learn more about our endangered native bird species, including the kinds of habitats that once supported them. This is another useful article about the work scientists do and the many ways in which they continue to learn about our world.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: coprolite, discovery, extinct species, fossil, Haast’s eagle, Kahurangi National Park, moa, natural history, Otago, pouākai, science, scientist

    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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  • Huia.

    Huia

    by Bill Manhire, illustration by Rachel Walker

    This item complements the article about coprolites in the same Journal, providing a more emotive response to the idea that extinction is permanent – and often caused by the actions of people. The poem might be called a mōteatea – a lament.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, colonisation, conservation, exploitation, extinct, history, huia, kaitiakitanga, language, mōteatea, native bird, nature, poetry, rangatira, rhyme, rhythm

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • An Interesting Situation.

    An Interesting Situation

    by Jo Randerson, illustration by Ali Teo

    This play links to the concept of financial capability learning. Jo Randerson has created a situation that is humorous and relatable, with a clear context that allows for a careful explanation of credit and interest – and a great twist at the end.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: business, contract, dishonesty, drama, entrepreneur, finance, financial interest, financial literacy, humour, money, play, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Rongoā for the Land.

    Rongoā for the Land

    by Mere Whaanga

    Restoring the whenua on the Māhia Peninsula

    Taipōrutu is a sheep and cattle farm on the Māhia Peninsula. The land has been in the same whānau for twenty generations. It was once covered in native bush: tī kōuka, mānuka, rewarewa, tītoki, kahikatea, nīkau, and kawakawa. These species ensured the health of the land and the health of its people – but then they were cleared for farming. A few years ago, the family who owns Taipōrutu came up with a plan to restore their whenua. They called the plan Ahikāroa.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, change, environment, healing, history, indigenous medicine, kaitiakitanga, land, Mahia Peninsula, mana whenua, medicine, native species, rongoā, tradition, wellbeing, whanau, whenua

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Journeys of Discovery

    Journeys of Discovery: The Life of Alfred Wallace

    by Paul Mason

    illustrations by Gavin Mouldey

    The naturalist Alfred Wallace and his close association with the theory of evolution is little known – most people think of Charles Darwin. Yet Wallace’s story is a classic one of adventure, talent, and persistence before he was able to offer one of the most ground-breaking scientific theories of all time. Most readers are exposed to the work of scientists in the present day; the nineteenth-century setting of this text is an excellent way to broaden their understanding of how scientists have increased their understanding of the world over time and the major milestones along the way. This article is designed to be read alongside the fictional story “Dodinga, 1858”, written by the same author.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: adventure, Alfred Wallace, biology, change, Charles Darwin, discovery, evolution, history, journey, natural history, natural selection, nature, science, scientist, species, travel, Victorians

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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