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  • Dances of sāmoa cover.

    Dances of Sāmoa

    Sj level 2 cover image oct2012.

    by Toleafoa Avauli Peter Setefano

    This article describes three well-known dance forms from Sāmoa. The article is accompanied by colourful, high-energy photos of students from a Porirua primary school performing the slap dance and the sāsā. The article features some of the history of the dances and it also provides opportunities for an in-depth exploration of the relationship between the heroes of the dances and the stories that each dance tells. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dance, Sāmoa, Porirua, slap dance, sāsā. article, history

    In: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Publication date: October 2012

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  • White sunday in samoa.

    White Sunday in Sāmoa

    by Sarona Aiono-Iosefa

    photographs by Jill MacGregor

    This factual recount describes how a young Sāmoan boy, with the support of his family, gets ready to celebrate White Sunday. There is a glossary of Sāmoan terms and extra information about White Sunday at the end of the book. This book is also available in five Pasifika languages in the Tupu series.

    Turquoise 2

    #LFH

    Series: Ready to Read

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Turquoise

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2003

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  • The hungry wave cover.

    The Hungry Wave

    L3 cover image feb2012.

    by Lani Wendt Young

    This narrative is based on factual accounts from survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Tonga and Sāmoa in 2009. Readers follow Ana and her brother as they are caught up in the tsunami. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, February 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: survivors, earthquakes, tsunami, Tonga, Sāmoa

    In: School Journal Level 3, February 2012

    Publication date: February 2012

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  • The white truck cover.

    The White Truck

    Sj level 4 cover image oct2011.

    based on a true story by Lani Wendt Young

    “The White Truck” recounts the removal and isolation of a leprosy patient in Sāmoa. The story expertly engages the reader by providing clues without explicitly stating what the issue is. Students will connect with Timu and Moana and feel empathy as the events unfold. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 4 October 2011

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: true story, leprosy, patient, Sāmoa

    In: School Journal, Level 4 October 2011

    Publication date: October 2011

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  • Struggle for samoa's independence cover.

    Tuto'atasi The Struggle for Samoa's Independence

    L4 cover image may2013.

    by Damon Salesa 

    The people of Sāmoa celebrated fifty years of independence in 2012. This article tells the complex story of colonisation and decolonisation that saw Sāmoa controlled by Germany, and then New Zealand, before finally securing self-rule. The former rulers enforced unpopular laws and punished dissent harshly. In addition, thousands of Samoans died of influenza as a result of poor quarantine practices under New Zealand’s rule.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Publication date: May 2013

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  • Uncle tino cover.

    Uncle Tino

    Sj level 2 cover image oct2012.

    by Jane Davitt Va‘afusuaga

    “Uncle Tino” is a deceptively simple story about Samoan twins, Jessie and Jonas, who are embarrassed by their exuberant uncle who has recently arrived from Sāmoa. The lively story is woven through with Samoan concepts and values as Jessie and Jonas gradually change their attitudes toward Uncle Tino. The story reinforces the idea that cultural knowledge and skills are “cool” and worthy of respect.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Samoan, twins, embarrassed, uncle, Sāmoa, Samoan concepts and values, cultural knowledge, respect

    In: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Publication date: September 2012

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  • Book cover.

    The Great Ordinary: The Photographs of Edith Amituanai

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Hannah Sperber

    This article explores the work of a prize-winning West Auckland photographer whose work has been shown around the world. Edith Amituanai photographs the ordinary, everyday world around her, documenting it as a record for the future.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, The Arts

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, cameras, change, community, culture, documentary, Edith Amituanai, environment, identity, neighbourhoods, Pasifika, photography, Sāmoa, students, visual arts

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • Sj level 2 oct 2012 cover.

    School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio are available for the following texts in this issue of the School Journal:

        TSM Audio
    Stories Uncle Tino
    Articles Dances of Sāmoa
    Living Fossils  

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: October 2012

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    Dances of sāmoa cover.

    Dances of Sāmoa

    Sj level 2 cover image oct2012.

    by Toleafoa Avauli Peter Setefano

    This article describes three well-known dance forms from Sāmoa. The article is accompanied by colourful, high-energy photos of students from a Porirua primary school performing the slap dance and the sāsā. The article features some of the history of the dances and it also provides opportunities for an in-depth exploration of the relationship between the heroes of the dances and the stories that each dance tells. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: dance, Sāmoa, Porirua, slap dance, sāsā. article, history

    In: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Publication date: October 2012

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    Living fossils cover.

    Living Fossils

    Sj level 2 cover image oct2012.

    by Sue Gibbison

    This article describes tuatara and how they are bred in captivity. Photos, including X-rays, and a glossary provide support for students as they learn about this fascinating animal. Some of the concepts may be challenging for students, particularly “living fossils”, extinction, and X-rays. Also, the article contains mixed text types, although these are clearly signalled through headings. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tuatara, bred in captivity, animal, living fossils, extinction, X-rays

    In: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Publication date: October 2012

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    Uncle tino cover.

    Uncle Tino

    Sj level 2 cover image oct2012.

    by Jane Davitt Va‘afusuaga

    “Uncle Tino” is a deceptively simple story about Samoan twins, Jessie and Jonas, who are embarrassed by their exuberant uncle who has recently arrived from Sāmoa. The lively story is woven through with Samoan concepts and values as Jessie and Jonas gradually change their attitudes toward Uncle Tino. The story reinforces the idea that cultural knowledge and skills are “cool” and worthy of respect.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Samoan, twins, embarrassed, uncle, Sāmoa, Samoan concepts and values, cultural knowledge, respect

    In: School Journal Level 2, October 2012

    Publication date: September 2012

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  • Sj level 4 cover image may 2013.

    School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Teacher support materials (TSM) are available for all the following texts in this issue of the School Journal:

        TSM
    Plays A Real Steal
    Articles The Great Barrier Reef
    Tuto'atasi The Struggle for Samoa's Independence

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: May 2013

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    A real steal cover

    A Real Steal

    L4 cover image may2013.

    by James O’Sullivan

    An art gallery has a new exhibition and it’s hired a security guard to make sure no one touches the paintings. A visiting art critic has strong opinions about the value of the works, but things start going wrong when a thief enters. The humour in the play comes from the diverse array of characters and their changing opinions on the value of the “art”. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: “Kebabs” SJ 4.2.09 | “Terrible Pirates” SJ 4.3.07 | “The Army of Doom” SJ 4.3.08

    In: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Publication date: May 2013

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    Great barrier reef cover.

    The Great Barrier Reef

    L4 cover image may2013.

    by Sarah Wilcox

    The Great Barrier Reef is very beautiful – and threatened. This report describes the Great Barrier Reef and explains what coral is. It also outlines the threats to the reef from climate change and its “evil twin”, ocean acidification.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “The Emperor of Peka Peka Beach” SJ L4 Oct 2012 | “Plight of the Sea Turtle” SJ 3.2.08

    In: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Publication date: May 2013

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    Struggle for samoa's independence cover.

    Tuto'atasi The Struggle for Samoa's Independence

    L4 cover image may2013.

    by Damon Salesa 

    The people of Sāmoa celebrated fifty years of independence in 2012. This article tells the complex story of colonisation and decolonisation that saw Sāmoa controlled by Germany, and then New Zealand, before finally securing self-rule. The former rulers enforced unpopular laws and punished dissent harshly. In addition, thousands of Samoans died of influenza as a result of poor quarantine practices under New Zealand’s rule.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Publication date: May 2013

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  • Keeping Our Stories Alive.

    Keeping Our Stories Alive

    by Lana Lopesi and Grace Teuila Evelyn Iwashita-Taylor

    This book explores Samoan tatau in two parts: the first part is an interview with tattooist Tyla Vaeau and the second is a comic that retells how tatau came to Sāmoa. The interview with Tyla explores her Samoan culture, how she became a tufuga tā masini (electric tattoo artist), the process and practice of tattooing, and the significance of being a woman working with tatau. The comic retells the origin story of how tatau – and in particular the malu – came to Sāmoa through Tilafaigā and Taemā. The book links to the article “For the Ancestors”, published in School Journal, Level 3, November 2019, which recounts one woman’s experience of receiving her malu.

    Series: School Journal Story Library

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Publication date: January 2020

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