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  • The Musician.

    The Musician

    by Sarah Penwarden, illustrations by Elliemay Logan

    This family story captures the experience of forming a new relationship and how circumstances that are outside our control can end relationships. Equally, it’s about how families change – and especially about young people becoming aware of their parents as people with separate lives and with their own needs.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: acceptance, change, family, loss, new partner, parent, relationships, separation, siblings

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • The Winning Side.

    The Winning Side

    by Sarah Johnson, illustrations by Craig Phillips

    This story references general elections, in the context of an election to a school council. “The Winning Side” introduces a few big ideas: the need for a platform, the importance of giving everyone a voice, and why we vote.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: agendas, campaign, candidate, change, courage, decision, democracy, election, friendship, loyalty, politics, representation, school, speaking up, speeches, voting

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Muse.

    Muse

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Mat Tait

    This is the third instalment in this series, which is set in a dystopian future. Although it follows on from “Hushed” and “Wind Chimes”, the story can stand alone.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: betrayal, change, courage, dystopian, escape, family, fascism, friendship, future, “Hushedʼ, Muse, Paul Mason, sequel, serial, survival, Tre, “Wind Chimes”

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Game Changers.

    Game Changers

    by Clare Bardsley

    The students at Newlands Intermediate have learnt that creating successful digital technologies requires a realistic, think-small approach – and that it’s OK to make mistakes. As well as attempting to build their own game, they were also part of a real-world software development team that developed and tested Mixiply, a platform for making games and apps that use augmented and virtual reality.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: augmented reality, coding, collaboration, cooperation, creativity, development process, digital, digital platform, gaming, MiniDevs, Mixiply, Newlands Intermediate, pivoting, planning, problem-solving, prototype, software development, students, technologies architect, technology, teamwork, testing, thinking, virtual reality

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Feedback.

    Feedback

    by Matt Boucher

    This article is a follow up to “Climate Change: Our Biggest Challenge”. It explains the phenomenon of feedback loops – positive feedback loops, which can cause climate change to accelerate, or negative loops, which can lessen the factors that cause change.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: activist, albedo, carbon dioxide, challenge, change, climate, climate activist, climate change, deforestation, energy, environment, feedback loop, fossil fuel, global warming, greenhouse gas, negative feedback loop, permafrost, positive feedback loop, Sophie Handford, temperature, water cycle, water vapour, weather

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Leaves.

    Leaves

    by Lily Ng

    This poem explores the relationship between the poet and her grandmother who was a refugee from China following the Cultural Revolution.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Cantonese, change, China, Chinese Cultural Revolution, culture, family, grandparent, heritage, history, immigration, language, migration, poetry, refugee, relationships, revolution, sacrifice, verse

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • Last Match.

    Last Match

    by Paul Mason, illustrations by Alex Cara

    In 1866, the General Grant was sailing from Australia to London when it was shipwrecked on the one of the Subantarctic Islands. Of the eighty-three people on board, only fifteen made it ashore. A survivor later wrote about how the castaways only had six matches, with five "squandered". The lighting of the last match was a critical moment in their survival.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Auckland Islands, castaway, characterisation, drama, fortitude, freeze frame, General Grant, group dynamics, history, leadership, play, process drama, resilience, shipwreck, survival

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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  • School Journal Level 2 August 2020.

    School Journal Level 2 August 2020

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

        Audio TSM
    Article Taranaki Views  
    Stories The Story of Taranaki
    Magō!
    Poem Come and Meet the Water Whānau  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Taranaki Views.

    Taranaki Views

    by Steph Matuku

    “Taranaki Views” is a lengthy article that offers a range of perspectives on Taranaki Mounga. (“Mounga” is a Taranaki iwi pronunciation and spelling; it’s spelt “maunga” by most other iwi.) The text is written in two parts, the first presenting historical and geographical information about the mounga and incorporating the views of scientists and mana whenua. The second part is based on interviews with local people and focuses on what the mounga means to them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, conservation, culture, environment, eruption, home, identity, mounga, mountain, national park, place, predators, Taranaki, traditional story, volcano, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    The Story of Taranaki.

    The Story of Taranaki

    by Hone Rata, illustrations by Taupuruariki Whakataka Brightwell

    This traditional story, known by many iwi in the Taranaki area, tells how Mount Taranaki was once called Pukeonaki and stood in the centre of the North Island, close to Mount Tongariro. The two mountains fought over Pihanga, a nearby mountain. Tongariro won and Pukeonaki left in anger and grief, travelling to his present position and forming the Whanganui River on the way. The people who came to live in the region later named him Taranaki.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestor, battle, culture, legend, love, Māori, mounga, mountain, myth, Ngauruhoe, story, Pihanga, Pukeonaki, Ruapehu, storytelling, tale, Taranaki, Tongariro, traditional story, volcano

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Magō!

    Magō!

    by Hio Kelemete, illustrations by Vaitoa Baker

    This is a humorous, entertaining story based on a true event. It provides examples of characterisation and dialogue as well as being a model for imaginative writing. This is a Pacific text. It provides a chance for Tokelauan and other Pacific students to see themselves and their culture reflected in the Journal.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: dialogue, fear, friendship, humour, lagoon, magō, monsters, mystery, Nukunonu, Pacific, sea life, stories, Tokelau, unknown, water, whale shark

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Come and Meet the Water Whānau.

    Come and Meet the Water Whānau

    by Kerrin P. Sharpe

    This poem links to “Our Blue Planet” in SJ L2 Nov 2019, showing how a topic can be approached in various ways in different genres. The poem takes the form of an invitation, with a series of headings and lists of single words or two words relating to those headings.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: conservation, environment, frost, ice, language, lists, Moana-nui-a-kiwa, poem, poetry, seasons, snow, water, weather, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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  • School Journal Level 3 August 2020.

    School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    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 Waiting
    The Polterheist
    Star-gazing
    Articles Born to Run
    Roar
    The Art of Aute
    Poem Tuālima

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Waiting.

    Waiting

    by Nadine Anne Hura, illustrations by Zoe Hannay

    This is a gentle story with a twist, which is revealed in the final illustration. While most School Journal stories are set over a few hours or days, this piece has an unusually long timeframe: nine months. During this time, Bella learns a more positive way to count the days – by noticing the seasons change and trusting that something is happening, even though it may appear otherwise.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: absent parents, change, divorce, family, friendship, gardening, neighbours, patience, pets, relationships, resilience, seasons, separation, time, waiting

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    The Polterheist.

    The Polterheist

    by James Brown, illustrations by Josh Morgan

    “The Polterheist” is a comic story, deftly handled and with a tight focus, spinning great entertainment from a context many students will recognise – a school gala day. It provides a good model for student writing: taking the everyday and exploring its imaginative possibilities, with closely observed characterisation and a heavy reliance on dialogue to move the plot forward.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: crime, family, friendship, humour, pataphysics, poltergeist, school, school fair, school gala

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Star-gazing.

    Star-gazing

    by Maria Samuela, illustrations by Rebecca ter Borg

    “Star-gazing” is a fantasy while also being based, in part, on a traditional story from Mangaia, the second largest island in the Cook Islands. The “no place like home” lesson is spiced up with sassy dialogue and combative personalities, deepening its contemporary feel and appeal.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: adventure, belonging, Cook Islands, dreams, emotions, family, Matariki, navigation, Pacific, planet, science, solar system, solitude, space, stars, traditional stories

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Born to Run.

    Born to Run

    by Lucy Corry

    Arthur Lydiard was a New Zealand runner and athletics coach whose approach to training has left a lasting impact on the sporting world. Using speed and endurance-building techniques that he developed through trial and error, Lydiard coached several high-performance runners to Olympic success. A firm believer that anyone could be a champion, Lydiard played an important role in popularising jogging in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. “Born to Run” includes a profile of Lilly Taulelei, a year 10 student who has played for the New Zealand basketball team. She was also selected for an Asia-Pacific basketball team that played at the Global Championships in 2019. She shares her thoughts about what makes a good coach.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: Arthur Lydiard, Barry Magee, Bill Baillie, coach, cross-country, Empire Games, exercise, fitness, health, Murray Halberg, Olympics, Peter Snell, running, sports, sprinting, stamina, team, training

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    Roar.

    Roar

    by Kathryn Mercer

    Hunting is hugely popular in New Zealand’s rural communities, and it’s often done within families. This article will be welcome reading for students who already hunt, giving them the opportunity to share their knowledge with classmates. Those unfamiliar with the past-time are introduced to the basics, especially the “why” of hunting and the different skills and pleasures involved.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: adventure, bush, conservation, country, deer, Department of Conservation, environment, family, hunting, pests, recreation, recreational, rural, sports

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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    The Art of Aute.

    The Art of Aute

    by Matahana Tikao Calman

    Little is known about the history of cloth-making in Aotearoa. This article is a useful introduction to a tradition that’s found across the Pacific. Nikau Hindin has led the way with its recent revival in New Zealand – both learning a cloth-making practice that’s been around for centuries, then using this cloth for her art.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestors, art, aute, culture, navigation, Nikau Hardin, Papatūānuku, paper mulberry, patu aute, stars, sustainability, tapa cloth, tradition, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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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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  • Taranaki Views.

    Taranaki Views

    by Steph Matuku

    “Taranaki Views” is a lengthy article that offers a range of perspectives on Taranaki Mounga. (“Mounga” is a Taranaki iwi pronunciation and spelling; it’s spelt “maunga” by most other iwi.) The text is written in two parts, the first presenting historical and geographical information about the mounga and incorporating the views of scientists and mana whenua. The second part is based on interviews with local people and focuses on what the mounga means to them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: see TSM

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, conservation, culture, environment, eruption, home, identity, mounga, mountain, national park, place, predators, Taranaki, traditional story, volcano, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2020

    Publication date: August 2020

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