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  • The Name Game.

    The Name Game

    by Victor Rodger

    Illustrations by Freddy Pearson

    Who ever thought a simple game could be so challenging?

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: culture, dialogue, diversity, drama, games, humour, inclusion, names, Pacific, plays, pronunciation, respect, school, screenplay, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Alvin and me cover image.

    Alvin and Me

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Chris Tse

    illustrated by Peter Campbell

    "A week before Alvin arrived, I got summoned to the principal’s office. I was a good kid. I never got into trouble. I was sure I’d done nothing wrong. But still, I couldn’t help worrying..."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Cantonese, change, Chinese New Zealanders, culture, difference, embarrassment, ethnic diversity, friendship, heritage, identity, individuality, race, relationships, respect, responsibility

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Chinese New Zealanders.

    Chinese New Zealanders

    by Helene Wong

    "Chinese New Zealanders" provides an overview of migration to Aotearoa New Zealand from the 1860s until the present day. The article outlines push-and-pull factors that contributed to various waves of migration, how Pākehā New Zealanders responded to these waves, and adaptations made by Chinese migrants as they adjusted to their new home.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: aliens, ancestry, attitudes, change, China, Chinatown, Chinese, citizens, citizenship, community, cultural identity, cultural interaction, discrimination, diversity, ethnic groups, family, gold rush, immigration, integration, migrants, New Zealanders, Otago, poll tax, poverty, racism, Richard Seddon, stereotypes

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Art exhibition.

    Fly Me Up

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Catharina van Bohemen

    “Fly Me Up” explores the artworks of Tiffany Singh, an artist who works with communities to create large, colourful installations that draw attention to social issues. Tiffany has Indian and Samoan ancestry, and her artworks are influenced by her personal explorations of identity, culture, and spirituality. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, Auckland, citizenship, collaboration, culture, diversity, flags, Fly Me Up To Where You Are, heritage, hopes, ideals, ideas, India, installations, making a difference, Nepal, refugees, resettled community, self-expression, service, social issues, social-practice artists, Tiffany Singh

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Ramadan is coming cover.

    Ramadan is Coming

    L2 cover image aug2013.

    by Marita Vandenberg

    Obay’s family has come to New Zealand from Saudi Arabia. The article describes his family’s daily life, then focuses on the activities that occur at Ramadan. Obay and his brothers attend regular school, and their mother maintains their Arabic learning at home. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Ramadan, culture

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2013

    Publication date: August 2013

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  • Please Don’t Tap the Glass.

    Please Don’t Tap the Glass

    by Rose Lu; illustrations by Ant Sang

    Author Rose Lu moved from Auckland to a much smaller place when she was twelve. Fitting in wasn’t easy, especially given that her new home contained very few Chinese New Zealanders. Suddenly Rose was different from everyone else – an experience she uses to inform her first piece of fiction for the School Journal.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: assertion, bullying, change, Chinese, confrontation, courage, difference, diversity, family, racism, resilience, self-assertion, wellbeing, work

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • Katerina te heikoko mataria cover.

    Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira

    L2 cover image feb2012.

    by Oho Kaa

    This article about the writer Kāterina Mataira was written in the first person as a form of eulogy after her passing in July 2011. The article shares aspects of her life and highlights the importance of her culture. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, February 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Kāterina Mataira, eulogy, culture, Te reo Māori, poroporoaki

    In: School Journal Level 2, February 2012

    Publication date: February 2012

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  • Namu and waeroa cover.

    Namu and Waeroa

    L2 cover image may2012.

    retold by Ross Calman

    “Namu and Waeroa” is a pakiwaitara – a traditional Māori story that offers an explanation for natural phenomena or for why something is the way it is. Some pakiwaitara are located in more than one different iwi, but they often have subtle differences that reflect their local environments. As well as explaining natural phenomena, they also often impart tikanga or cultural understandings, and they may also warn about the consequences of not adhering to tikanga.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, May 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: pakiwaitara, a traditional Māori story, tikanga, cultural understandings, consequences

    In: School Journal Level 2, May 2012

    Publication date: May 2012

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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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  • Max and Alice.

    Max and Alice

    by Bernard Beckett; illustrations by Sarah Illingworth

    On the day of the swimming sports, Max took off his shoes and socks and put them on again three times. Only then was he happy that his socks were lined up exactly the way he liked them.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Asperger’s, ASD, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, birthday, bullying, difference, diversity, friendship, identity, interpersonal skills, managing self, relating to others, relationships, respect, school, smiles, support

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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