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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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  • Megabyte.

    Megabyte

    by Greg O’Connell

    This humorous poem describes the poet’s pet monster and its dining habits. It links to the article “Monsters” in the same journal and shows how a topic can be approached in different ways. It also provides a model for students’ poetic writing.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: etiquette, humour, language, manners, monster, poetry, rhyme, rhythm, table manners, verse

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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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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  • Let’s Vote on It!

    Let’s Vote on It!

    by Simon Cooke, illustrations by Beck Wheeler

    The author uses this light-hearted play to introduce ideas about voting, elections, and MMP. A monster is roaming the kingdom and causing mayhem. The characters come up with various ways to deal with the threat and then vote on the solutions. The resolution sees the problem solved peacefully through communication.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: cooperation, drama, fairy tale, humour, MMP, monster, parody, play, politics, proportional representation, voting

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Kia Māia.

    Kia Māia

    by André Ngāpō, illustrations by Minky Stapleton

    Jayson has just arrived in New Zealand to stay with his nan. He is staying at her marae preparing for an unveiling but is feeling out of his depth. With help from his younger cousin, Nikora, Jayson slowly feels his way, learning about tikanga Māori and how he, too, belongs.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: belonging, change, family, fitting in, growing, hura kōhatu, learning, Māori, marae, MASAM, teaching, teina, teina-tuakana, tikanga, tuakana, unveiling, whānau, wharenui

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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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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  • The Longest Walk.

    The Longest Walk

    by Rebekah White

    The Rapsey family, including nine-year-old Elizabeth and her six-year-old brother, Johnny, spent just over four months walking the entire length of New Zealand. During this time, they lived a simple life, learning about the natural world around them and the various ways to engage with it. Rebekah White captures both the sense of adventure and the contemplative moments through her lyrical style, which contains some elements of creative non-fiction.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: bush, challenge, change, exploration, family, forest, geography, growing, learning, mountains, New Zealand, outdoors, resilience, self-reliance, Te Araroa, tramping, trek, walking

    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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  • Bad Advice.

    Bad Advice

    by Tim Upperton

    Tim Upperton plays with poetic form, especially the pleasures of a tight rhyme scheme, to give readers some unusual “advice”. His poem is a homage to the nonsense text of Doctor Seuss, with a black-humour twist.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: advice, humour, language, parody, poetry, rhyme, rhythm, Tim Upperton

    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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