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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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  • Far from Home

    Far from Home

    by Heidi Wang

    2020 Winner of the Elsie Locke writing prize

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: alien, alienation, difference, Elsie Locke, family, fitting in, loneliness, school, science fiction, self-esteem, student writing

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Shrinking Violet

    Shrinking Violet

    by James Brown 

    illustration by Sarah Wilkins

    This sophisticated poem plays with the natural tension created when a poem’s form doesn’t seem to match the content. James Brown’s jaunty use of structure and rhythm challenges the reader to understand both what the poem is about and why the author made the decisions he made.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: anxiety, confidence, emotion, expression, identity, language, metaphor, poem, poetry, self-esteem, wellbeing

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Like, Share, Subscribe

    Like, Share, Subscribe

    by Cassandra Tse

    illustrations by Jez Tuya

    This humorous play is a take on a familiar scenario: thoughtless online behaviour and our sometimes unhealthy relationships with screens. Although grossly exaggerated, Cassandra Tse’s point is still relevant, cleverly side-stepping the usual sides by portraying the adults getting it wrong and the kids getting it right.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: blogs, boundaries, digital technology, family, humour, Instagram, privacy, role reversal, screen time, social media, technology, wellbeing, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    This article describes Captain Cook’s first visit to New Zealand where he charted the coastline. It focuses on Cook’s abilities as a skilled maker of charts and maps rather than as a great explorer. It also examines the maths involved in Cook’s chart making (a perfect, real-life example of maths in everyday life).

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Learning area: Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: British Empire, charts, colonisation, exploration, James Cook, latitude, longitude, Māori, mapping, navigation, New Zealand history, soundings, surveying, transit of Venus

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: December 2020

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